Obesity is a medical problem that can have wide-ranging mental and physical effects on a person. Pamela Bass knows that firsthand, but thanks to the University of Alabama at Birmingham surgeons, she has a new lifestyle and a new state of mind.

For years, Bass struggled with weight gain and the adverse health effects that come with obesity, such as high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.

“My heaviest weight was about 415 pounds,” Bass said. “I didn’t want to live like that anymore.”

After meeting with doctors at UAB, Bass was encouraged to first try to lose weight on her own. Unfortunately, due to other medical issues, she was not able to shed any weight.

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