Bariatric surgery is a medically proven way to treat obesity and has helped many people live a more fulfilling, active and healthier life. But it is part of an entire process of change.
The OSF Little Company of Mary Bariatric Surgery Center is committed to high standards of quality for its surgical procedures as well as the complete lifestyle assistance that must accompany them. This section prepares you for weight loss surgery and explains the different surgical options available at our center.
Many patients who are morbidly obese have tried to lose weight through diet change and exercise. But some patients are different, and even major lifestyle changes haven't worked.
Bariatric surgery can be particularly effective because it decreases the amount of food a patient can intake or reduces the amount the body can absorb or metabolize. The result of these procedures and continued support is that, over time, patients can lose up to 60-80% of their excess body weight over one year with gastric bypass surgery.
Weight Loss Benefits
The OSF Little Company of Mary Bariatric Surgery Center uses a team approach with expertise in nutrition, exercise, psychology, minimally invasive techniques and medical weight loss. Gastric bypass weight loss is typically in the 60-80% range with weight loss at one year. The medical and emotional benefits of these procedures begin almost immediately.
Over time these benefits can include:
- Sustained weight loss
- Improvement or resolution of type II diabetes
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower cholesterol
- Improvement of sleep apnea
- Improved mobility
- Reduced osteoarthritis pain
- Higher energy level
- Improved self-esteem
Who Is a Candidate?
The typical candidate for bariatric treatment at OSF Little Company of Mary is 18-64 years of age, in excess of 100 pounds or 100% over their ideal body weight or has a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater.
A patient is also a candidate if their BMI is between 35 and 40 and has one of the following obesity-related conditions:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Heart problems (cardiovascular disease)
- Sleep apnea
- Degenerative joint disease
All candidates should have tried yet failed multiple weight loss attempts through diets, exercise, behavior changes or weight loss drugs and exhibit a willingness to participate in the multi-disciplinary program at Little Company of Mary.
You also should be informed about the surgical procedures available, the possible side effects and the ways in which your habits will have to change. A strong determination and commitment to changing your lifestyle partnered with education are the main tools any bariatric patient needs to be a truly successful candidate.
Becoming A Patient
The first step is to to call (708) 229-5969 to schedule a consultation.
The personal, detailed consultation with our program surgeon will determine what kind of surgery is best for you. You will be informed about the surgical procedures available, the possible side effects and the ways in which your habits will have to change.
A strong determination and commitment to changing your lifestyle partnered with education are the main tools any bariatric patient needs to be a truly successful candidate.
Click on the links at the bottom of the page to download the following pre-operative quiz and review the findings during your initial consultation with our program surgeon.
At that time, you'll also discuss:
- Nutritional support
- Exercise support
- Psychological support
- Monthly support groups
- Metabolic evaluation
- Long-term follow-up support
Finally, our office will assist you to obtain a written insurance authorization and receive a comprehensive medical evaluation, which may include a pulmonary, cardiology and psychological clearance prior to surgery.
After surgery, your lifestyle will need to include a healthy diet, regular exercise and adherence to a comprehensive follow-up schedule. Within six to eight weeks, most patients return to a normal diet. You will need to chew your food well, eat slowly and refrain from drinking with your meals.
Although you should be able to eat most foods after surgery, some food intolerance may be experienced. Your hospital stay after gastric bypass surgery or sleeve gastrectomy will range from 1-2 days, and 3-5 days for a duodenal switch. You will need between one to six weeks off work following surgery depending on the amount of lifting and physical activity associated with your job and your surgeon's recommendation.
The links below will direct you to sites dedicated to educating the public about weight-loss options and bariatric surgery.