Free sessions on obesity, bariatric surgery offered

The Bariatric Center at Columbus Regional Health is sponsoring two free information sessions on obesity and bariatric surgery.

Dr. David J. Lee, bariatric medical director at Southern Indiana Surgery, and Samantha Grider, nurse practitioner, will cover the causes of obesity, trends, quality-of-life issues, as well as explore misconceptions about bariatric surgery, insurance coverage and surgery options.

Both sessions will be conduct at 5:30 p.m. June 13 and 27 at Southern Indiana Surgery, 2325 18th St., Suite 220, Columbus.

To qualify for bariatric surgery, patients must have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more and have significant weight-related conditions or have a BMI over 40 without weight-related conditions.

To register for a free session or for more information, visit columbusbariatrics.com or call 812-418-3512. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at kevener@therepublic.com or 812-379-5633.