OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center

Rockford, Illinois

Surgical Weight Loss

Lap-Band Surgery Now Medicare-Eligible

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center is the only health care facility in the Rockford area that offers gastric banding as a tool for weight loss in those who are obese. With the gastric banding system, stomach size is reduced.

People cannot take in the same amount of food, and the feeling of fullness lasts longer. Weight loss tends to be gradual, which can reduce the risk associated with rapid weight loss.

Gastric banding is not as invasive as gastric bypass and has a lower complication rate. Many patients can go home from the hospital the same day and may be able to return to work within a week. The banding is adjustable and can be tailored for an individual's needs.

"Once patients lose weight, their joint pain eases," Dr. VaFa Shayani reports. "Some are able to get off their medications or prevent the need for medicines to control blood pressure or type 2 diabetes."

How LAP-Band Works

  1. The surgeon implants the gastric band around the upper part of the stomach.

  2. A tube is connected from the band to an access port attached to the muscle beneath the skin of the abdomen.

  3. To maintain optimal weight loss, adjustments are made to the band through the access port by adding or removing saline from the band as needed.

Band Adjustments

Gastric Band Gastric Band Adjustments are made to the band beginning six weeks after surgery. The band is tightened by using a needle to add fluid into the port, which will fill the balloon on the inside of the band and tighten it around the stomach.

Adjustments are made about every four to six weeks, depending upon the weight loss of the patient.

The goal is to lose one to two pounds per week. Some people are able to wait three months between adjustments because they continue to lose weight.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Dr. Vafa Shayani offers the sleeve gastrectomy option as well. In a sleeve gastrectomy, part of the stomach is separated and removed from the body, leaving the remaining section of the stomach formed into a tube-like structure.

This smaller stomach cannot hold as much food which lessens your desire to eat.


If you are interested and believe you may be a candidate for gastric-banding or gastric-sleeve surgery, call us at (815) 227-2274. One of our staff will be happy to provide more information.