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2151B West Spring Street,
Suite 240
Monroe, GA 30655
Phone: 770-602-1292
Fax: 770-602-1296



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2151B West Spring Street, Suite 240
Monroe, GA 30655
Phone: 770-602-1292
Fax: 770-602-1296


To maximize the opportunity of achieving long term weight management goals for all of our patients. We will provide the Bariatric patient with the maximum educational information so they can make the best choices for their long-term success. We will help the patient understand their central role and commitment in their individualized weight management plan. We will help the patient build their support structures with family, church, medical providers and our comprehensive program to increase the likelihood of long-term success. Our ultimate goal is to help our Bariatric patients to be healthy again for themselves, their spouse, their children, and their grandchildren.

The only thing consistent in life is change. Sadly as we age we generally try to reduce the likelihood of experiencing change and new challenges. Familiarity seems to bring comfort and satisfaction. However, embracing change and accepting new challenge are the only way to overcome life’s obstacles. We at SAMA Bariatrics are an agent of change; we are the catalyst dedicated to helping you achieve your weight management goals.

I vividly remember only 15 years ago the novelty of the first child I saw with a genetic disorder, an 8 year old boy weighing over 200 pounds. However, in the last several months, I have seen a normal 5 year-old that weighs 130 pounds and I have diagnosed diabetes type II in 3 severely obese teenagers, the youngest was only 13. Researchers found carotid artery disease in obese children as young as 10 years of age. Another study reports that obesity in childhood is a stronger predictor of heart disease than family history.

Obesity is an insidious disease. Obesity is a disease of affluence; it is a disease brought about by the amazing success of our society. In the United States , 61 percent of adults are overweight. Obesity-related illnesses cause an estimated 300,000 preventable deaths in the United States annually. Moreover, obesity imposes isolation far beyond the physical pain and emotional strain it causes.

Approximately 90 percent of type II (adult onset) diabetics are obese. Obesity is a major risk factor for hypertension. Overweight individuals experience an inordinate amount of negative stress in their lives. Stress is also an additional risk for hypertension. Obesity is a major cause of disability, including joint pain, back pain, degenerative disc disorders, which then further hinders an individual effort to manage his or her weight. Excess weight is a strong risk factor for several cancers, including breast cancer, esophageal cancer, gallbladder cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and uterine cancer.

Diets do not work! National Institute of Health (NIH) research over the last thirty years shows that an individual who is more than 100 pounds above their ideal body weight would have a less than 1 percent chance of losing and maintaining the weight loss long-term.

Weight-loss (Bariatric) surgery is a tool that in a comprehensive weight management plan allows the patient to have long-term success in losing weight and maintaining that weight loss.

Weight loss surgery is the only know cure for adult – onset type II diabetes; it can “cure” hypertension in about 80 percent of individuals and significantly improve the rest.

Weight loss surgery is not for everyone. It works best for those who have seriously committed to the long-term lifestyle change necessary to make the surgery successful. Regular life-long follow-up is necessary to achieve the best results and minimize complications.

Obesity is not a disease that is conquered in a day, a month, or a year. It is not a disease that is “fixed” with surgery. It is a disease that must be fought everyday for the rest of your life. Obesity is a disease that must be fought with the choices we make every single day. It must be fought for our future and the future of our children.

Disclaimer: This information is not a substitute for a consultation with your own physician. You should make your own decision on whether
to pursue obesity surgery, and which procedure is right for you, based on a consultation with the doctor of your choice.
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