The obesity epidemic in America is increasing rapidly every year. 38% of the population is overweight or obese. Morbid obesity has become the second leading cause of preventable death in America, after smoking. Over 400,000 deaths are associated with obesity each year. Obesity is significantly associated with the development of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, heartburn, cancer, and joint disease.
Due to the association of poor outcomes obesity has with diabetes, the International Diabetes Federation and the American Society for Metabolic Surgery changed their guidelines in 2016 to, now, not only consider bariatric surgery, but recommended it as the treatment for diabetes in the obese population.
Bariatric surgery has continued to lead the way for a complete resolution of multiple medical conditions associated with obesity. Common procedures performed at Avala are the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass, and laparoscopic revisional bariatric surgery, if needed. A simple 1 – 2 hour procedure can result in the resolution of many common medical problems, as well as lead to wonderful weight loss.
The time for change is now, so Why Weight?
Do you have questions about bariatric surgery? Give us a call at 985.809.9888 so we can help answer your questions and get you connection to one of our physicians.
About the Arthur
Dr. James “Buddy” Leithead III, a fellowship trained bariatric and general surgeon, specializes in the treatment of obesity, colorectal abnormalities, and general surgery diseases including hernias, gallbladder pathology, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. He provides surgical, medical, and incisionless procedures to help with weight loss. He also has a strong interest in robotic surgery to provide the latest advanced surgical technology to his patients. Dr. Leithead is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Leithead is devoted to patient well-being, satisfaction, and exceptional patient outcomes. He is committed to providing personalized and compassionate care to his patients for all their surgical needs. He has offices across southern Louisiana in New Orleans, Covington, and Slidell.
James “Buddy” Leithhead III, MD
Surgical Specialists of Louisiana
The Total Weight Loss Solution
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