Fairview Park Hospital
November 12, 2021

Many companies are now offering enhanced wellness benefits for their employees, usually as part of their health insurance package. This is in response to opportunities identified during the COVID-19 pandemic. These newly available benefits may include healthy living resources, mental health and wellbeing support, fitness offerings, weight loss programs and even bariatric surgery. Now, as employees around the US are enrolling in their 2022 health plans, it’s important for employees to be aware of the benefits that are now available.

Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, can help patients experiencing obesity reach a healthy weight and improve their overall wellbeing. Fairview Park Hospital has the only comprehensive bariatric surgery program in Middle Georgia. Our nationally accredited bariatrics program can provide dramatic weight loss, increased confidence in physical appearance and mental health benefits.

“Obesity is one of the leading health issues in the U.S.,” said Dr. Francisco Jacome, bariatric surgeon. “Being overweight can increase someone’s risk for many other health conditions including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more.”

The criteria for bariatric surgery is straightforward and comes from the National Institute of Health, based on body mass index (BMI). Individuals with a BMI of 40 or more are candidates for weight loss surgery. Patients with a BMI between 35-40 and have either high blood pressure, diabetes or sleep apnea are also candidates. “The best candidates are people who are ready and committed to make a change,” said Dr. Jacome.