Bariatric surgery isn’t for everyone

Friday, September 9, 2016

By: Jeff Ash

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Dr. Daniel T. McKenna is a passionate advocate for bariatric surgery, but even he knows there are times when he must say no.

“Weight-loss surgery is not always right for everyone,” says McKenna, a surgeon with Aurora BayCare Bariatric Surgery.


For overweight people who’ve had eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, “their weight gain is actually not the biggest issue,” he says.

Still others “are eating because of untreated depression or anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia,” McKenna says.

Those kinds of mental, emotional and physical issues must be addressed before surgery.

“The last thing that we’d ever want to do with bariatric surgery is create a situation where somebody is worse off after having had surgery than they were prior to it,” McKenna says.

For those seeking bariatric surgery, we’ll coordinate your care with your doctor and your insurance company. You don’t need a referral. To get started, call us for an appointment at 877-677-5384 or request an appointment online.

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