National Leader in Bariatric Health
We provide the best in bariatric care right here in the northwest suburbs. We are recognized as a Center of Excellence by MBSAQIP (Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program) for being a leader in bariatric surgery health outcomes. MBSAQIP recognizes experts who continue to provide high-quality, safe and advanced technoligical care.
Call 847-842-4849 to speak with our nurse coordinator or find out more about the bariatric program at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.
Why Bariatric Surgery?
Obesity has become a national epidemic and contributes to hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea to name a few. It is well documented that exercise and eating right are the best ways to lose weight, but for many people these methods are unsuccessful. It is then that people turn to weight loss/bariatric surgery for help. Bariatric surgery is the path to health for anyone looking for enduring and significant weight loss in the morbidly obese population.
A BMI (body mass index) calculator can be an indicator of obesity. Click here to find out your BMI or call 847-842-4849 to speak with our bariatric nurse coordinator.
Is Weightloss/Bariatric Surgery Right for You?
If you’re weighing the options or bariatric surgery, Good Shepherd Hospital offers a FREE informational sessions on surgery options, alternatives and a bariatric surgeon will answer any questons you may have.
After surgery, Good Shepherd Hospital provides a bariatric support group that meets once a month. We want to make sure you are prepared for surgery before and after the procedure.
Benefits of Weightloss/Bariatric Surgery
Weight loss surgery generally results in greater weight loss than conventional treatment, and leads to improvements in quality of life and obesity related diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.
Criteria for Weightloss/Bariatric Surgery
Before someone can become eligible for bariatric surgery, certain criteria must be met:
- Body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, which is about 45 kg (100 pounds) overweight for men and 35 kg (80 pounds) for women; or
- BMI between 35 and 39.9 and a serious obesity-related health problem such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or severe sleep apnea (when breathing stops for short periods during sleep)
In addition, other, non-surgical attempts at weight loss (diet, exercise, medical intervention) must also be documented.
Call 1-800-3-ADVOCATE (1-800-323-8622) to learn more or schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons.
Types of Weightloss/Bariatric Surgery
- Gastric Banding or Lap Band – The band is placed around the very top portion of the stomach to create a small stomach pouch. Creating this restricted stomach space in the upper portion of the stomach causes a longer lasting feeling of fullness or lack of hunger.
- Gastric Bypass – Gastric bypass surgery makes the stomach smaller and allows food to bypass part of the small intestine. Patient feel full more quickly than when their stomach was its original size, which reduces the amount of food eaten and thus the calories consumed. Bypassing part of the intestine also results in fewer calories being absorbed.
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- Robotic Procedures – a minimally invasive surgical technique used to perform the gastric bypass procedure.
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- Laproscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve) – Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgery performed on the stomach, in which two-thirds of the stomach is removed. This restricts food intake, typically resulting in quicker satiety (sense of fullness) and decreased appetite.