L.A. Bariatrics at Marina Del Rey Hospital to Offer Free Weight-Loss Surgery as Part of Weight-Loss Transformation Contest

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Contestants Asked to Submit a 500 Word Essay about Why They Deserve to Receive the Free Weight-Loss Surgery and how it will Change Their Life Forever Contest Takes Place April 4th-24th

LA Bariatrics Weight Loss Surgery Contest
Our contest is designed to give one lucky winner a chance to change his or her life forever, and we are excited and privileged to be a part of it.

In its continued efforts to help Southern California residents fight obesity, L.A. Bariatrics at Marina Del Rey Hospital is offering one qualified and deserving candidate a unique chance to change his or her life forever by receiving free weight-loss surgery and lifetime postoperative care as part of its Weight-Loss Transformation contest. The contest takes place from April 4-24, 2011.

Prospective patients are asked to submit a compelling 500 word essay that explains why they should be chosen to receive a free weight-loss surgery. A select panel consisting of L.A. Bariatrics at Marina Del Rey Hospital health care professionals will read and select the most compelling submissions. Ten finalists will be brought in for free health evaluations to confirm their medical conditions and suitability for surgery. The winner will be selected from these finalists and announced on May 14th.

Spearheaded by its Medical Director Jeremy Korman, M.D., F.A.C.S., L.A. Bariatrics at Marina Del Rey Hospital is certified by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a “Center of Excellence.” Dr. Korman is a leading expert in the field of bariatric medicine and he has performed more than 1,000 procedures on patients throughout the country. He is a board certified general surgeon specializing in performing gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric banding for adults and teenagers, and revision surgery, which includes state of the art endoluminal surgery, or incision-less gastric surgery.

Obesity has been recognized as an epidemic national health issue that cannot be solved with diet and exercise alone. In fact, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has concluded that weight loss surgery may be the only effective, long-term weight loss therapy for those with a BMI over 35. Still, many do not select this effective therapy because of cost.

“Today, more than 30% of California residents are classified as obese and are medically qualified for bariatric surgery. However, the economic downturn combined with the challenge in obtaining insurance approval is preventing many eligible Southern California residents from receiving this highly effective therapy,” said Dr. Korman. “Our contest is designed to give one lucky winner a chance to change his or her life forever, and we are excited and privileged to be a part of it.”

The Weight-Loss Transformation contest is open to all persons who are 18 years of age or older and meet the medical eligibility requirements. Full contest rules and entry forms can be found at http://www.marinaweightloss.com/contest/rules/.

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