Bariatric surgery can help to free patients from a range of life-threatening health problems.\nIt\u2019s well known that bariatric surgery can produce impressive weight loss. But there\u2019s increasing evidence that it offers other health benefits, too. For example, a recent Swedish study showed weight-loss surgery can prevent diabetes among individuals who struggle with obesity.\nThat news came as no surprise to Anita Courcoulas, MD, professor of surgery and chief of the Section of Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. \u201cIt\u2019s another study demonstrating the lasting impact of bariatric surgery on health improvement,\u201d says Dr. Courcoulas. \u201cThe changes are real and durable.\u201d\nA Life-altering Surgery\nDr. Courcoulas says bariatric surgery can help reverse:\n\nDiabetes\nHigh blood pressure\nSleep apnea\nHeart disease\nHigh cholesterol\n\nIs Bariatric Surgery Right for You?\nCurrent national guidelines recommend bariatric surgery for patients who are 80 to 100 pounds overweight and with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40, or a BMI of 35 or more for those with one or more significant obesity-related health conditions.\nDr. Courcoulas predicts more and more patients will seek out bariatric surgery for health reasons \u2014 not just weight reasons. \u201cWe\u2019re just beginning to understand its full potential,\u201d she says.\nBariatric Surgery Centers at UPMC\nEach of UPMC\u2019s four bariatric surgery centers has been named a\u00a0Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence\u00a0by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Our multidisciplinary approach to weight loss through both surgery and lifestyle changes is available at:\n\nUPMC Hamot: For more information,\u00a0call 814-877-6997.\nUPMC Horizon: For more information,\u00a0call 724-588-6660.\nUPMC St. Margaret: For more information,\u00a0click here\u00a0or call 412-784-5900.\nMagee-Womens Hospital of UPMC: For more information,\u00a0click here\u00a0or call 412-641-3632.\n\nEach center offers free monthly information sessions.\u00a0Visit our website to learn more about bariatric surgery, or to find out if you\u2019re a candidate.