Gastric Bypass Becoming Gold Standard for Weight Loss

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Gastric bypass surgery -- a procedure designed to improve an individual's health through lasting weight loss that reduces life-threatening risk factors, improves self-esteem and enhances daily living -- is quickly becoming accepted as the most effective method for weight loss in obese individuals where traditional methods have failed. According to the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, published scientific reports document that non-operative methods alone have not been effective in achieving a medically significant long-term weight loss in severely obese adults.

Gastric bypass surgery -- a procedure designed to improve an individual's health through lasting weight loss that reduces life-threatening risk factors, improves self-esteem and enhances daily living -- is quickly becoming accepted as the most effective method for weight loss in obese individuals where traditional methods have failed. According to the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, published scientific reports document that non-operative methods alone have not been effective in achieving a medically significant long-term weight loss in severely obese adults.

In the United States, more than half of adults 20 years or older are overweight, and nearly one-fourth are obese. Obesity is a recognized disease that often requires medical intervention. Choosing bariatric surgery requires careful consideration because, while body image may be improved, the procedure is not cosmetic – it is designed to relieve the co-morbidities that often accompany excess weight, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, sleep apnea and high cholesterol. Patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery must be committed to a lifestyle change to help ensure their weight-loss success.

"My colleagues and I are fortunate to be able to offer such an effective, long-term solution to people who struggle with obesity," said Laurence Tanaka, M.D., F.A.C.S., surgeon at Scripps Mercy Hospital and Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group in San Diego (http://www.pbsmg.com). "While no surgery is without risk, we have developed a very safe and comprehensive program for our patients that we hope will help them to improve their quality of life."

In October 2005, Scripps Mercy Hospital and Pacific Bariatric were designated as a Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery and the Surgical Review Corporation. To date, surgeons at Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, Inc. have performed over 9,500 procedures on adult and adolescent patients at Scripps Mercy Hospital.

Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, Inc. and Scripps Mercy Hospital are nationally designated by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery as a Center of Excellence for bariatric surgery. Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, also known as Hillcrest Surgical Medical Group, Inc., has an 80-year tradition of surgical excellence and leadership in San Diego County. For more information, visit http://www.pbsmg.com.

Established in 1890 by the Sisters of Mercy, Scripps Mercy Hospital serves the San Diego and Chula Vista communities. With 700 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees and 1,300 physicians, Scripps Mercy Hospital is San Diego's longest established and only Catholic hospital. With two campuses, Scripps Mercy Hospital is the largest hospital in San Diego County and one of the 10 largest in California. For more information, visit http://www.scripps.org.

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