Being overweight can make you feel miserable. At Presence Health, we understand because we’ve worked with so many people who suffer from obesity, in spite of their hard work on diet, exercise and medically managed weight loss programs. If you’ve tried non-surgical options, but the weight still won’t come off, you may want to consider sleeve gastrectomy.
Through this procedure, your surgeon removes 80% of the stomach, leaving a “sleeve,” a long, narrow section shaped like a banana. Since the stomach is an organ that produces the hormone that triggers hunger, the smaller size of your stomach reduces your hunger. And since it holds less food, you eat less. Most people lose 50-60% of their excess weight. The procedure is done laparoscopically, which means only a few small incisions are required, and because the small intestine is not cut, it’s less invasive that gastric bypass surgery.
In addition to being minimally invasive, sleeve gastrectomy improves the health of most people. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of many health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, fatty liver disease, kidney disease, pregnancy problems and certain cancers. Research has shown that 60% of those who have had sleeve gastrectomy surgery no longer have diabetes, and the procedure may significantly reduce the risk of a host of other diseases – not to mention dramatically improving your quality of life.
It’s a complicated question, and the answer depends on a variety of variables, including your goals, current health condition and lifestyle. At Presence Health, you’ll work with a team of experts who are here to help you make the right decision. We’ve helped hundreds of people like you overcome the challenges of carrying excess weight. Our Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics, includes renowned bariatric surgeons, a Ph.D. psychologist, experienced nurses, a registered dietitian, and an insurance specialist to help you understand the entire process – from initial consult to post-op and beyond.
Learn more about sleeve gastrectomy and other weight loss procedures by attending one of our free seminars. It’s a great chance to meet the team, ask questions and see if bariatric surgery is right for you. Seminars are available at three convenient locations. To save your spot at an upcoming session, please call us:
• Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet and Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston: 877.737.4636.
• Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago: 877-3-YOU-CAN
For more information about weight loss surgery, and to schedule a consultation, please call 877.737.4636.