An Evening of Empowerment - Southeast Georgia Health System Hosts Bariatric Surgery Education and Celebration Event

J. William Tsai, M.D.October 31, 2019– The holidays are approaching, which means parties and family get-togethers accompanied with elaborate menus. That’s followed by the time of year when people start thinking about New Year’s resolutions and the dreaded D word…dieting.

For people who struggle with obesity, losing weight by following a traditional diet and exercise plan can be challenging and frustrating. Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, can be an effective way to gain control of their health.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Southeast Georgia Health System will host an Evening of Empowerment, bringing together current and former bariatric patients of J. William Tsai, M.D., FACS, and those interested in learning about bariatric surgery.

“Obesity can hold people back from living the life they want, but we’re here to help change that,” explains Tsai, a board-certified general surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery using laparoscopic and robotic techniques.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in three Americans are overweight. These individuals are more likely to develop high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. In addition, they have an increased risk for gallstones, osteoarthritis and even some forms of cancer.

Many people who undergo weight loss surgery report that symptoms associated with diabetes and other diseases quickly resolve after their procedure. Some are even able to discontinue diabetes and blood pressure medications entirely.

An Evening of Empowerment will include a presentation from Tsai regarding the advancements made in bariatric surgery, which he now offers at Southeast Georgia Health System. Current and former patients will share their personal testimonials, followed by a celebration of patient successes and renewed commitments to health.

Call 855-ASK-SGHS (855-275-7447) to reserve a seat. Walk-ins are welcome to attend. To learn more about the bariatric program, visit