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Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is a group of procedures designed to stimulate weight loss by altering the way the digestive system works. The innovative techniques available today for performing bariatric surgery have allowed so many people to get a second lease on life by overcoming obesity and adopting a healthier lifestyle. At Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center, our experienced bariatric surgeons are committed to helping these individuals find the safest, most beneficial solution for reaching their goals

Bariatric Surgeons Formally Recognized for Exceptional Patient Care

Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center has been honored with national recognition by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois has classified our surgical practice as a Designated Center for Bariatric Surgery.

Recipients of these designations must have the necessary components and expertise to deliver bariatric surgical care with the highest levels of efficacy, efficiency, and safety, with excellent short- and long-term patient outcomes.

Dr. Peter Rantis did my bariatric bypass surgery March 29, 2017. As of July 11 my weightloss is 200lbs. I stuck to the pre & post-operative plan to the letter. The team handle me with great care, respect and dignity. I cannot say how grateful I am for this new start. -Jessica L.

Advanced Bariatric Surgery Options and Comprehensive Care

Whenever possible, the bariatric surgery procedures offered at our practice are performed using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and robotic techniques to decrease the length of the patient recovery process. Our bariatric surgery team includes a psychologist, pulmonologist, cardiologist, and a neurologist, as well as dietitians and exercise physiologists. Our support team includes customer service and insurance specialists.

After surgery, the greatest care is taken in ensuring that each patient receives the highest standard of follow-up care in a warm and supportive environment. Patients have the option of attending weekly support groups to discuss topics such as “Problematic Eating,” “Stress Management,” and “Psychology of Obesity.”

Surgical Excellence Comes with Experience

The surgeons at Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center have been performing bariatric surgery for a combined total of over 45 years. Our knowledge, expertise, and experience are unprecedented, and our surgeons have performed an estimated 8,000 weight loss surgeries since the inception of the practice. We currently perform nearly 400 weight loss surgeries each year.

Bariatric Surgery Requirements

For individuals who remain obese after non-surgical approaches to weight loss or for those who have an obesity-related disease, bariatric surgery at our Chicago-area practice may be the best solution for accomplishing weight-loss goals and improving health and quality of life. The first step in determining whether you are eligible for weight loss surgery is to determine your Body Mass Index (BMI). Although eligibility will vary based on the specific technique in question, ideal patients for bariatric surgery are those who have a BMI of at least 40 or over 35 with associated illnesses, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

In addition to the BMI requirement, you will be thoroughly evaluated to determine if the health benefits you can achieve with bariatric surgery outweigh the possible risks. Your mental health will also be assessed to ensure you are psychologically ready for the procedure and the permanent changes to your lifestyle.

Making the decision to undergo bariatric surgery has been rewarding and gratifying for many of our patients. It does, however, represent a serious, lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle. If the following statements can be used to describe you, then you are probably ready to begin the process of seeking weight loss surgery.

You must remember that there are no guarantees for weight loss with bariatric surgery. You can only achieve success by strictly following post-surgery guidelines and committing to a healthy lifestyle and lifelong medical follow-up care.

Types of Bariatric Surgery – Choosing Your Path to a Healthier You

After you have determined that you are ready to pursue surgical treatment for obesity, you must decide which type of bariatric surgery you should undergo. We perform a variety of surgical and non-surgical bariatric procedures. We also perform revisional bariatric surgery procedures for patients wishing to modernize an outdated bariatric surgery they underwent in the past, and for patients suffering from bariatric surgery complications. Many patients who plan to undergo bariatric surgery also plan to have surgery to treat post-weight loss skin laxity.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

The vertical sleeve gastrectomy, also known as gastric sleeve surgery, entails the removal of about 70-80 percent of the stomach in order to limit the amount of food that can be consumed. This allows patients to feel full from eating smaller portions, which can lead to major weight loss. Using staples, a small stomach tube (called the “sleeve”) is created which ensures a natural outflow for the passage of food. The vertical sleeve gastrectomy can be especially beneficial for those who are morbidly obese with a serious risk of life-threatening diseases. Our bariatric surgeons perform this procedure laparoscopically, which typically allows for a faster procedure with an easier recovery period.

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Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery (Laparoscopic or Robotic)

The Roux-en-Y is a perfected form of gastric bypass surgery involving a minimal risk of side effects and exceptional weight loss results. The Roux-en-Y procedure helps obese patients achieve weight loss by both restricting food intake and decreasing the nutrient-absorption capacity of the digestive system. Many patients who have undergone the Roux-en-Y procedure report a reduction in cravings for fatty and sugary food. All patients who undergo the procedure must pay special attention to doctor-recommended dietary guidelines and take vitamin and mineral supplements to avoid the risk of malnutrition.

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Duodenal Switch

The Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BDS/DS) is a weight loss surgery performed both laparoscopically and robotically that can provide significant results for those with severe morbid obesity. The procedure combines a sleeve gastrectomy with a duodenal switch. This involves reducing the size of the stomach before re-routing the duodenum. By undergoing this innovative procedure, along with adopting a healthy lifestyle, patients can lose up to 90% of their excess weight.

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LAP-BAND® System Surgery

LAP-BAND System surgery involves placing an adjustable stomach-restricting band made of a biocompatible material around the upper portion of the stomach. A LAP-BAND System procedure is simple and minimally invasive. After the procedure, patients lose weight more gradually than they do with the Roux-en-Y procedure. Because there is a slightly lower risk of malnutrition associated with the procedure, patients do not have to maintain as extensive a vitamin and nutrient supplement regimen following surgery.

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Revisional Bariatric Surgery

As with any surgical procedure, weight loss surgery has a slight risk of unforeseen surgical complications. If a patient suffers from severe surgical complications, surgical intervention may be required. The surgeons at Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center all possess advanced training and extensive experience in bariatric surgery. As a result, many of our practice’s revisional bariatric surgery patients are referred to us by other bariatric surgeons, as well as other health care professionals. In addition to treating LAP-BAND System and Roux-en-Y surgical complications, we also have extensive experience performing surgery to convert intestinal bypass and gastroplasty procedures to the more modern Roux-en-Y technique. Intestinal bypass and gastroplasty procedures are considered outdated, and the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass has a comparatively low rate of uncomfortable and potentially dangerous side effects.

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Robotic Surgery

With our revolutionary da Vinci® robotic surgical system, our bariatric surgeons are able to perform less invasive weight loss procedures while achieving enhanced precision. This technology involves a 3D HD vision system that magnifies the surgical site for optimal viewing, while the specialty instruments offer our surgeons advanced control when operating. Candidates for certain bariatric procedures, such as the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and the Duodenal Switch, will be carefully evaluated to determine if they can benefit from this robotic surgical technique. For patients who qualify, they can typically expect to have a shorter recovery period after surgery.

ORBERA Non-Surgical Balloon System

ORBERA is a non-surgical weight loss procedure that can be a viable alternative for patients who are not good candidates for or not interested in bariatric surgery. This FDA-approved system involves the placement of a deflated gastric balloon into the stomach, which is then filled with saline. Over the course of approximately six months, this balloon works to restrict the amount of food the stomach can accommodate. As a result, the ORBERA balloon can cause gradual weight loss while patients develop better eating habits. This procedure is ideally suited for patients with a BMI of 30-40.

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Post-Bariatric Surgery

Obesity not only places a strain on the body’s internal organs, such as the heart, the liver, the lungs, and even the brain, it can also damage the skin. Obesity-related skin damage is often cumulative. Gradually, as a person’s weight increases, the skin stretches to accommodate the new body mass and over time loses its natural elasticity. When an obese patient begins to slim down, the skin may not be able to conform to the new body frame. Post-bariatric surgery,, also referred to as body contouring, may provide the ideal solution for a patient who has lost considerable weight but remains dissatisfied with his or her overall appearance.

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Your Bariatric Surgery Consultation

During your bariatric surgery consultation, one of our experienced bariatric surgeons will meet with you to answer all of your questions and provide you with expert medical advice. Patients are encouraged to take an active role in preparing for their weight loss surgery by learning as much as they can about the steps they will need to take to prepare for and recover from the procedure, and about the surgery itself. At Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center, we believe that providing patients with knowledge about their procedure is essential—the more you learn about your obesity surgery procedure, the more confident you will feel that you have made the right decision.

Pre-Op and Post-Op Instructions for Bariatric Surgery

All bariatric patients will be provided with a set of instructions to help them before their procedure and during their recovery. These pre-operative and post-operative checklists were created to help you easily prepare for your weight loss surgery and minimize the potential for complications. The forms are available below if you would like to download them.

Following these instructions is essential for achieving a successful outcome from your surgery. More personalized details about what you can expect and how to prepare will be discussed with you before you undergo your bariatric procedure.

Bowel Prep for All Bariatric Surgeries

For a smooth and complication-free bariatric surgery please review our pre-operative bariatric surgery guidelines:

  1. Twenty four hours before your procedure, begin a clear liquid diet.
  2. At 10:00 a.m. the day before your procedure, take one bottle of citrus of magnesium.
  3. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure.

Obesity Action Coalition

The Obesity Action Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to obese patient advocacy and public awareness of the obesity epidemic. The Obesity Action Coalition is also an excellent source of support, education, and special events for patients recovering from obesity. Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center encourages all of our patients to visit the Obesity Action Coalition website for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bariatric Surgery

How Does Weight Loss Surgery Affect My Overall Health?

Weight loss surgery has shown to improve, if not completely reverse, a number of medical problems typically linked to obesity. This includes sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. While losing a significant amount of weight after bariatric surgery can provide a number of health benefits, patients may be more susceptible to nutrient deficiencies. However, our doctors will recommend bariatric surgery vitamins and other supplements to ensure dietary needs are sufficiently met. We also recommend periodic labs and lifelong follow-up.

How Much Does Bariatric Surgery Cost?

Bariatric surgery is an investment in your health, and the total cost of your procedure will greatly vary based on which surgical technique you are undergoing. Other factors that can influence the price of your weight loss surgery include the expertise of the surgeon, geographic location of the practice, complexity of the procedure, as well as additional fees. Our practice offers financing assist in the total cost of your procedure.

Will insurance cover my weight loss surgery?

Many insurance providers have recognized bariatric surgery as a procedure that can ultimately help people lead healthier lives with fewer medical problems. As a result, many companies now cover a variety of weight loss procedures. Patients should verify with their insurance to check if they are covered.

Is bariatric surgery safe?

Weight loss surgery is safer than ever before. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with bariatric surgery. Our team goes over these risks in detail during the consultation process, ensuring that patients are well-informed about their decision. In addition, our surgeons are highly qualified at performing bariatric procedures with optimal precision, and they offer a variety of minimally invasive options to minimize potential risks and maximize overall health.

Will I need skin reduction surgery?

Many patients who experience a major weight loss following bariatric surgery choose to undergo one or more body contouring procedures to address excess skin. This is due to their previous weight causing their skin to stretch to the point of not being able to return once the weight is lost. The need to remove this excess skin will depend upon a number of factors, such as the starting weight, amount lost, location of the excess weight, and the patient’s age. Many post-weight loss patients choose the option to alleviate irritation caused by hanging skin. In addition, this contouring can complete their transformation by revealing the body they have worked so hard to achieve.

Will I gain the weight back after bariatric surgery?

Patients typically experience major weight loss after bariatric surgery from adopting a healthier lifestyle of diet and exercise. Our surgeons provide post-surgery recommendations to help patients maintain their healthier size without regaining weight. In addition to focusing on nutritious foods and following a regular workout regimen, patients should continue to attend follow-up appointments with their bariatric surgeon long-term. This allows their doctor to monitor their progress and provide further recommendations on weight management as indicated.

Contact Our Bariatric Surgery Practice

Are you ready to make a lifelong commitment to a slimmer, healthier body? At Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center, our highly trained bariatric surgery specialists can give you the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about whether weight loss surgery is right for you. Did you know that weight loss surgery is often a covered benefit? To schedule your comprehensive consultation, contact our bariatric surgery practice today!