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Obesity is a complicated progressive medical condition involving environmental and genetic factors. Therefore, when it comes to treatment options a multipronged approach is needed for long-term success. Our understanding of obesity as a disease continues to grow on a regular basis. Obesity is a lifelong disease and there is no operation, diet or medication that can by itself offer a permanent cure. Surgery with good aftercare, follow-up and moderate lifestyle changes can give wonderful long-term results for health and weight. We understand that each patient has a unique set of challenges which need to be address on an individual basis.

We strongly encourage you to attend my informational weight loss seminar (call for details), this is an hour and a half long interactive education seminar- free of charge. In the seminar, an overview of obesity as a disease is given, we discuss that obesity is a complex and multi-factorial disease (personal, genetic and environmental factors are all involved).

Also discussed are the co-morbidities associated with severe obesity, and various treatment options (both medical and surgical). In order for you to have a successful treatment of this disease you have to be dedicated to the Bariatric program at First Coast Surgical Associates. Non-surgical treatment options are ALWAYS tried first and this effort is overseen by the Dr Abbas, personally.

We will help you with behavior modification, dietary changes and increasing activity to establish a healthier lifestyle. You will be seen once every 4 weeks pre-operatively. Post-operatively you will be seen after 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months and then at least once every 10-12 months for life.

Remember, you need to think of this process as a journey to achieve a healthier, more productive and satisfying lifestyle.