By: Eren Cooper
National obesity rates in the Bahamas continue to reach epidemic proportions according to several national and international data. With at least 60% of adult Bahamians overweight, campaigns advocating a healthy diet and a more active lifestyle are encouraged; however, for some morbidly and super obese individuals, diet and exercise may not be enough. For these patients, weight loss surgery may be the best option.
The averagepatient loses about 50% of their excess bodyweightfrom bariatric surgery and for most patients, surgery greatly improves their quality of life and resolves issues related to obesity such as:
Dr. Charles Diggiss is one of the premier bariatric surgeons in the Bahamas. Along with his team at the RITEWEIGH Clinic (part of the Centerville Medical Center), he offers proven weight loss procedures such as:Lap-Band, Gastric Sleeve, Abdominoplasty, Lipo-sculpture and Gastric Plicationusing minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques that are safer and require less healing time. Though born and raised in the Bahamas, Dr.Diggiss was educated in Jamaica, the United States and Scotland. In 1994, he introduced laparoscopic surgery to the Bahamas; four years later he introduced LapBand surgery to the country alongside the technique’s inventor, Professor MitikuBelachew. In 2008, Dr.Diggiss officially launched his RITEWEIGH clinic while reintroducing LapBand to the Bahamas as one of his signature techniques. For many years, Dr. Diggiss has been a literal life-saver for obese patients in the Bahamas helping them regain their lives and FINALLY lose the weight. He is also credited with co-founding “Sister, Sister” a support group for women battling and surviving breast cancer.