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WakeMed opens bariatric surgery office in Cary

WakeMed Health & Hospitals has opened a new medical office for bariatric surgery as the health system expands its menu of obesity treatments.

The newest surgery practice is WakeMed's 10th system-wide and first in Cary. The 6-doctor practice, Wake Specialty Physicians - General and Bariatric Surgery, also has offices in North Raleigh and in Dunn.

The Cary opening was announced the same week that American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease, a sign that obesity treatments could qualify for increased insurance coverage.

Bariatric surgery, sometimes called stomach stapling, removes a portion of the stomach as a means of suppressing appetite.

WakeMed's expansion marks the continued growth of the company's bariatric surgery program, which includes a weight loss team, nurses, dietitians, nutritionists and fitness specialists.

The expansion does not add doctors to WakeMed's network of 240 physicians who are employed by the company.

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