Mercy to host Weight Loss Surgery Seminars hosted by Dr. Lisa Hawver, MD

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Washington, MO – When exercise and eating healthy are not enough for people to maintain a healthy body weight, there are surgical options to losing those harmful and unwanted pounds.

“Excess weight – a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more – puts people at high risk for acquiring life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes,” said Lisa Hawver, MD, a board certified general surgeon specializing in weight loss procedures. “The sad reality is that obese individuals live predominantly shorter lives. Fortunately, they can take steps to alter that reality.” Dr. Hawver will discuss surgical options in weight loss at these free seminars in October:
 
·2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in Classroom A in Mercy Medical Building at Mercy Hospital Washington, 851 E. Fifth St. in Washington.

·6 p.m. Thursday,  Oct. 13,  in the Mercy Community Room, Suite 212 at the Mercy Medical Building, 300 Winding Woods Drive in O’Fallon

·6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in the Clarkson Conference Room, Suite 210A at Mercy Clayton Clarkson, 15945 Clayton Road in Ballwin.

·6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Tucker Room at Mercy Hospital Washington, 901 E. Fifth St. in Washington.

“In addition to talking about the types of weight loss surgeries that are offered at Mercy Bariatric Center, we will explain the commitment that is required, who is a good candidate, the risks and benefits of surgery and the costs,” said Dr. Hawver, who offers minimally invasive and laparoscopic weight loss procedures including gastric bypass surgery, Lap-Band gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy at Mercy Bariatric Center in Washington.

Many health insurance companies assist with the costs of bariatric surgeries. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify. For more information about bariatric surgery or to reserve a seat at one of these three seminars, call 636-239-8878.

Mercy is proud to celebrate 35 years of serving communities in Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, St. Charles and Warren counties.

Mercy – Sisters of Mercy Health System – is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually.

Mercy includes 29 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.