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The Heywood Center for Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery

Take the First Step to a Healthier You

Are you significantly overweight? Have you repeatedly tried to lose weight unsuccessfully?

Do you have weight-related health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, joint and mobility problems and sleep apnea?

Obesity is a serious health issue, which can lead to many related conditions, and often dieting alone is not the answer. At the Heywood Center for Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery, we understand your weight loss challenges. From our highly experienced bariatric surgeon to nutritional and behavioral counseling to exercise and lifestyle changes, our comprehensive program helps support you in achieving your weight loss goals.

As a proven tool, Bariatric Surgery can be the first step in a journey which will help you to adopt many healthy lifestyle changes, so you can lose the weight you need and keep it off long-term.

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

If you are considering bariatric surgery, it is likely that you have been struggling to control your weight for quite some time, if not for much of your life. You may feel as if you trapped in a weight gain cycle, making numerous unsuccessful weight loss attempts – that ultimately end in disappointment or weight increase.

But there may be a reason for this. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), individuals affected by severe obesity may be resistant to maintaining weight loss achieved by conventional therapies, such as consuming fewer calories, increasing exercise, commercial weight-loss programs, etc. The NIH has recognized bariatric (weight-loss) surgery as the only effective treatment to combat severe obesity and maintain weight loss in the long term.

Bariatric Surgery and Related Health Issues

When combined with a comprehensive program of weight loss support, bariatric surgery can provide the catalyst to reach your long term weight loss goals.

It has been shown to help improve or resolve many obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea and more. Often, patients who lose a significant amount of weight are able to lessen or eliminate medications for weight-related health problems.
 

Bariatric Surgery as an Effective Weight Loss Tool

Bariatric surgery, such as laparoscopic gastric bypass and gastric sleeve procedures, work by changing the anatomy of your gastrointestinal tract (stomach and digestive system) and by causing different physiologic changes that effect your energy balance and fat metabolism. It is important to keep in mind that bariatric surgery is a really a “tool” to help you achieve your weight loss goals. The key to your long term success is your ability to adopt new healthy lifestyle changes focusing on nutrition, exercise and behavior modification, enabling you to lead a healthier more active life. 

Qualifying for Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is most appropriate for those who are 100 pounds or more above ideal body weight, including those with a BMI of 40 or greater or a BMI of 35 or greater with related health issues, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep apnea.

Insurance Coverage for your Surgery

Many Insurance providers offer coverage for bariatric surgery if you meet certain requirements. In fact, Massachusetts offers some of the best coverage options in the nation. Let our staff assist you in navigating the requirements and processes preparing for coverage and payment of weight loss surgery.

Click here to learn about the Bariatric Surgery options we offer.

Long Term Weight Loss Success

Bariatric surgery, such as laparoscopic gastric bypass and gastric sleeve procedures, work by changing the anatomy of your gastrointestinal tract (stomach and digestive system) and by causing different physiologic changes that effect your energy balance and fat metabolism. It is important to keep in mind that bariatric surgery is a really a “tool” to help you achieve your weight loss goals. The key to your long term success is your ability to adopt new healthy lifestyle changes focusing on nutrition, exercise and behavior modification, enabling you to lead a healthier more active life. 

 

Improved Quality of Life

Through bariatric surgery, patients often experience a significant improvement in their quality of life. Due to the physical changes weight loss makes, they feeling they feel better, are able to lead a more active and productive life improve their health and longevity.
They often report improved mobility, self esteem, social interactions and sexual function. In addition, depression and anxiety are often significantly reduced due to the positive effects of bariatric surgery.

Find out if Bariatric Surgery is Right for You

Take the first step to a healthier you. Contact the Heywood Center for Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery or register for one of our Free Information Seminars.

To speak with a Patient Advocate, call (978) 630-6130.