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Grand Opening of new medical and surgical weight loss clinic Jan. 10

An estimated 300,000 people in the United States will die prematurely every year because of obesity-related health complications. 

This statistic has been calculated by the Trust for America’s Health which also says 31% of people in Wisconsin are considered obese, the 23rd highest in the nation. 

Doctors at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and Evergreen Surgical recognize that for some, achieving a healthy weight may mean more than just exercise and a change in diet. To help those who are ready for a lasting lifestyle change, the Medical and Surgical Weight Loss Clinic, located at Sacred Heart Hospital, has opened.

For people who have struggled to reach a healthy body mass index (BMI) through diet, exercise or medical therapy, bariatric surgery – which has proven effective at causing long-term weight loss, lengthening of life and reducing the burden of diabetes, high blood pressure and other diseases – might be the tool they need to live a healthier life.

Led by bariatric surgeon and medical director, Brandon Andrew, M.D., the clinic offers advanced medical and surgical weight loss solutions and a full complement of support services to help people in their weight loss journey.

"Bariatric surgery has proven long-term effectiveness for weight loss, resolution of diabetes, high blood pressure and other obesity related conditions and improved life-expectancy,” said Dr. Andrew. “I’m excited to partner with HSHS Sacred Heart to offer this life-changing service to patients in our community."

A grand opening and ribbon cutting for the clinic is scheduled for January 10 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 West Clairemont Ave. The public is welcome and refreshments will be served.

By the Numbers (according to the Trust for America’s Health):

*Nationally 38% of adults are obese = 1/3 of the adult population
*Rates are higher among women and women are two times as likely to be considered morbidly obese
*Projected cases in Wisconsin, by 2030, as related to obesity:
• 708,716 people with diabetes
• 347,847 people with heart disease
• 1.47 million people with hypertension
• 958,720 people with arthritis
• 223,559 people with obesity-related cancer

Free information sessions are offered monthly at Sacred Heart Hospital for anyone interested in learning more about surgical weight loss services. The next session is January 10 at 6 p.m. in the Monsignor Klimek Auditorium. For more information, contact Evergreen Surgical at 715-832-1044.

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