SSM Health Medical Minute: Weight Management Services Support Your Health Goals


ST. LOUIS – Weight loss surgery has helped thousands of people improve their quality of life and reduce comorbidities, such as joint pain and sleep apnea. SSM Health offers comprehensive weight management services to help patients live longer, healthier lives with two convenient locations, one at DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton and the other at St. Clare Hospital in Fenton .

Take this quick health risk assessment to see if you may benefit from weight loss surgery. Please note: the results provided by this risk assessment do not serve as a diagnostic. You should consult your doctor with your results and before making any lifestyle changes.

But many people who struggle to maintain their weight need help knowing what weight loss surgery options are available and if they are safe.

Depending on how much weight you want to lose, surgery can provide between 60 and 150 pounds of weight loss.

There are several safe surgical options available for patients to consider depending on their needs. Whatever weight loss steps you take, Stephen Rak, director of business operations for Weight Management Services at SSM Health, says they take rigorous steps to stay accredited.

“We offer a multidisciplinary team,” said Rak. “There isn’t just one person to say yes or no. The patient should be evaluated by the surgeon, dietitian, mental health specialist, and often the primary care physician.

SSM Health Weight Management Services offers a variety of classes, programs and support groups to help you on your weight loss journey. Whether you’re fine-tuning your diet and exercise program or preparing for weight loss surgery, sharing your experience with others on the same path can help you stay committed to your healthy lifestyle.

To learn more about your weight management options, click here.

The SSM Health Medical Minute airs Wednesdays on News 11 at 7 p.m. and FOX 2 News at 9 p.m.


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