Dr. Amir Heydari, medical director of weight loss surgery at Centegra, says obesity is a physical, mental, and social crisis. Laparscopic gastric bypass and Lapband are minimally invasive methods that have helped people who lived with obesity. Obesity is a life-threatening disease because it can cause high blood pressure, diabetes, breathing difficulties and other serious health issues. Dr. Heydari also says people who are obese may suffer discrimination, depression, and frustration. Surgical options available at the Centegra Bariatric Center for New Hope can change a person’s life for the better. For more information about weight loss surgery at Centegra, call (815) 206.3411.