A body mass index (BMI) of 20-25 is considered normal, 25-30 overweight, and 30-40 obese. Individuals with a BMI over 40 are considered morbidly obese. You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you are 50 pounds of more overweight.
Stephen Sudderth, MD, FACS, has been named by the American Board of Bariatric Medicine (ABBM) as only the second physician in the State of Mississippi to receive the highest certification of achievement available in the United States to a practitioner in the specialty of comprehensive treatment for patients diagnosed with obesity. Physicians who complete the ABBM certification process in bariatric medicine are designated Diplomats of the American Board of Bariatric Medicine. There are only 404 physicians nationwide who have received this designation. He is the only board-certified bariatric medical physician who offers this gold-standard treatment for obesity serving Central and Southern MS. Dr. Stephen Sudderth is also a board certified, recertified general surgeon and active member of the Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Sudderth is also Vista Certified bariatric surgeon.
The significance of Dr. Sudderth’s advanced study and board certification is due to the fact that most physicians do not have extensive practical or clinical training for treating obesity. He is able to provide each patient with a safe, comprehensive weight loss approach which includes: behavior modification, on-going nutritional education, exercise/physical therapy initiatives, FDA approved medications if indicated, as well as long-term support to maintain the desired result.
He receives a large number of referrals from satisfied patients, as well as referrals from Family doctors, Internal Medicine doctors, Cardiologists, and other physician specialties. Dr. Sudderth also works with employers to offer healthy weight management education and treatment for employees. Many patients come to the clinic with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and many other medical problems. Because of Dr. Stephen Sudderth’s extensive training in obesity, he is able to provide the best possible solution in the treatment of metabolic syndrome and obesity.
Dr. Sudderth’s partnership with each patient to combat the chronic illness of obesity begins with the patient and ultimately perpetuates into the household. Because of his personal stake in each patient’s success, his efforts can be far reaching beyond the patient. “Obesity is something that we must address from every facet of the family dynamic. Yes, this is an issue for the individual patient but we have to change the environment where that patient lives and eats, in order to breed success and make a lasting lifestyle change,” said Sudderth. “I look at the big picture and I expect my patients to do their part, so that together we can achieve a healthier approach for their weight loss and goal achievements.”
While any licensed physician can offer medical weight loss to patients, Dr. Sudderth sets himself apart from other physicians through extensive medical education and training programs, acquisition of specialized knowledge, and tools and techniques. Because of his extensive training in the treatment of obesity, Dr. Sudderth offers the highest qualification to design individualized medical weight loss treatments tailored for each patient, in addition to offering life-long weight loss maintenance plans.
Dr. Stephen Sudderth is a Bariatrician. A bariatrician is a licensed physician who has received special training in bariatric medicine in the medical treatment of obesity and its associated conditions.
Dr. Stephen Sudderth and the entire staff at Premier Medical Weight Loss of Mississippi are committed to offering a comprehensive and individualized approach.