For more information, call: 877-CENTEGRA

News: Weight-loss surgery information sessions planned locally

wls_weight-loss-surgery11Free information sessions about the Centegra Health System weight-loss surgery program are scheduled each month at two convenient locations. All of those struggling with obesity are encouraged to attend.

Success stories and expert advice from Centegra’s clinical team and general surgeon Dr. Amir Heydari, are presented during the free sessions. Also provided is a wealth of information about the benefits, multi-disciplinary approach and surgery options and support available at Centegra.

The end of the sessions feature patient testimonials, as well as the opportunity to speak with former patients who are excited to share their success stories. Attend a free weight loss surgery informational session to learn more about how to reduce diabetes, blood pressure, back pain, and resolve sleep apnea and more.

Free informational sessions are conducted on select evenings and Saturday mornings each month for those interested in learning about weight-loss surgery. Visit Centegra weight loss surgery for meeting details. Call 877-CENTEGRA to register for free.

Centegra Health System, Heydari, and Centegra Weight-Loss Surgery Center have earned the distinction of being an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. The designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. Heydari, of Surgical Associates of Fox Valley, is on staff at Centegra Health System.To earn a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation, the Centegra Weight-Loss Surgery Center underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of the program’s surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes was collected. The Centegra Weight-Loss Surgery Center and other centers receiving the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation agree to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes data.

According to the 2010 Healthy Community Study, 23.5 percent of adults in McHenry County are obese, compared to 18.5 percent who were obese in 2002. An additional 35.7 percent are considered overweight based on body mass index. Obesity is a leading risk factor for diabetes. Diabetes lowers life expectancy, increases risk of other health problems such as heart disease, blindness, chronic kidney disease. It also ranks seventh highest among death causes for McHenry County’s white population and sixth for Hispanics; fifth highest for ages 25 to 44, 45 to 64, and 65 to 74.

Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Physician Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and the widely anticipated Centegra Hospital–Huntley slated for opening in 2016.

As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community. For more information on Centegra Health System, find us on Facebook and Twitter or call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).