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Weighing in Obesity ON THe NeW SADLer CLINIC WeIGHT LOSS CeNTer is one of the last acceptable forms of discrimination in our society," Dr. Drew D. Howard, bariatric surgeon at the new Sadler Clinic Weight Loss Center, says. "People say hurtful things and discriminate against those who are morbidly obese because they perceive them as lazy, unmotivated or just a lesser person. I think that's wrong." Dr. Howard and his team at Sadler Clinic want to battle that stigma and provide people with the tools they need to enact change in their lives. Where once a patient would have to seriously consider the 26 reviewitmagazine.com SEPTEMBER 2011 26 complications associated with bariatric surgery, Dr. Howard suggests that these days, the real risk is continuing to live with the medical problems associated with obesity. In addition to a full spectrum of bariatric procedures including Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Adjustable Gastric Bands, Sadler Clinic Weight Loss Center is able to offer all of the resources necessary to provide a complete and comprehensive weight loss program. Unlike many bariatric surgeons and other weight loss practices, Sadler Clinic Weight Loss Center is part of a larger, multi-specialty clinic; once a patient enters into the clinic's system, they have access to a full portfolio of medical specialists. "If they need a sleep study we can do that through our sleep lab," Dr. Howard explains. "If we're already treating their diabetes and things get a little tricky, we have a number of endocrine doctors available." Sadler Clinic Weight Loss Center also provides patients with guidance and nutritional counseling by a dietician who specializes in weight loss counseling. In fact, all patients are required to meet with the dietician before and after any bariatric procedure. Their commitment to a patient's journey to permanent weight loss is so firm that Sadler Clinic's plastic surgeons are available to provide free consultations to successful bariatric patients looking to close the book on their former obesity. Dr. Howard is also prepared to work in conjunction with a patient's existing primary care physician even if they've come from outside of the Sadler Clinic network. A native to the area, Dr. Howard grew up in Klein, Texas. He completed his undergraduate work at Texas A&M University and later went on to earn his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. It was during his General Surgery residency at the University of South Alabama that he decided to turn his focus towards bariatrics and minimally invasive surgery.