We’re Barely Using the Best Tool We Have to Fight Obesity

Over the past 20 years, the global numbers concerning weight have shifted toward an alarming direction. Namely, more people are at risk of serious health issues, and even death, because of overeating than from not having enough to eat. To say that the obesity problem in the U.S. is significant is an understatement, as two thirds of our country is tipping the scales into dangerous territory, health-wise.

Here at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, our team takes this problem seriously, which is why we offer a number of tools at our six locations in Tempe (two locations), Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, and Phoenix, Arizona. One option, in particular, is one of the most effective weapons against the battle of the bulge — bariatric surgery.

To acquaint yourself better with bariatric surgery, read on to find out how it works and whether it might be just the solution you’re seeking.

The weight loss problem

We’ve already stated some of the more eye-opening figures about the weight crisis in the U.S., so we won’t belabor the point. Unfortunately, along with all of the modern conveniences in today’s world, our collective health and wellness has taken a substantial hit. Our reliance on fast food and processed foods, along with our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, is, quite simply,  putting people’s lives in danger.

Though losing weight may seem like a simple enough task, it’s anything but simple, given the world around us. Temptations and shortcuts lie around every corner, and yo-yo dieting and gimmicks often do more harm than good. In fact, if you do an Internet search for “weight loss,” in less than a second, you’re rewarded with more than 2.5 billion results. Unfortunately, this sea of miracle pills and diets is largely ineffective, leaving you right back where you started.

The weight loss solution

Rather than adding to the long road of broken promises, our goal is to offer long-term solutions that will help you lose weight and keep it off. Leading this charge are our bariatric surgery options, which tackle the problem in several different ways, including:

Gastric bypass

As the name suggests, this is a procedure in which we reduce the size of your stomach and attach it directly to the lower portion of your small intestine. Gastric bypass delivers a one-two punch — restricting how much you can eat because of a smaller stomach, as well as how many calories you absorb through your small intestine.

Gastric Sleeve

With this procedure, we remove 80-85% of your stomach to limit the amount of food you take in.

Gastric band

For this bariatric technique, we place a Lap-Band® (ring) around your stomach to reduce its size. One of the great benefits with this choice is that we can adjust the location of the ring to shrink or expand your stomach.

Obalon® balloon system

This approach to weight loss relies on a swallowable, removable balloon that fills part of your stomach, causing you to eat less since you feel full more quickly.

There are other bariatric surgery options, including the more complex duodenal switch, but the above should give you new hope that there are effective and long-lasting solutions that deliver appreciable, and potentially life-saving, results.

If you want to finally put an end to your struggle with weight loss, please call one of our six locations to set up a consultation with one of our experienced and compassionate weight loss specialists. Or you can use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

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