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Apr

21

2017

Studies Show Intragastric Balloons May Be More Effective Than Diet


An article on Becker’s GI & Endoscopy E-Weekly presented recent findings on the intragastric balloon—an innovative weight loss therapy that is growing in popularity. The publication detailed a study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology that assessed the weight loss success of intragastric balloons for those with obesity.

The study evaluated 10 controlled trials and 30 observational studies with 5,668 patients. Based on their findings, the researchers concluded that intragastric balloons are more effective than diet at improving metabolic risk factors associated with obesity. In addition, there was a low rate of adverse effects from the weight loss therapy. This study was limited by a small group of patients and limited follow-up.

For more information on these scientific findings, you can read the article here. To learn if intragastric balloon therapy can help you achieve weight loss, please contact us to set up an appointment with one of our experienced bariatric surgeons.

Aug

29

2014

Suburban Surgical Introduces Yoga for Bariatrics

yogaSuburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center is pleased to announce that Yoga for Bariatrics is now being offered in our Seminar Room in the Hoffman Estates office. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6PM. Participants MUST pre-register for 5 classes at a time ($10/each class). Per our Certified Yoga instructor, only 15 participants per class. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, must bring a Yoga mat, block, towel and strap. If you do not have these items, all can be purchased inexpensively at Marshall’s, Target, TJ Maxx.

Call Paula at 847-255-9697 and sign up now, before the first Yoga for Bariatrics class fills up.

Aug

22

2014

Former Patient Shares Weight Loss Journey in New Book

Fat HurtsBeatriz “Tiza” Pyle, PhD is a former patient of Suburban Surgical Care Specialists, S.C. who successfully lost weight after her bariatric surgery and has maintained a healthy weight ever since. Having undergone such a life-changing transformation, Dr. Pyle has dedicated her life to helping others succeed as well, acting as the founder and CEO of Pyle Consulting Group, Inc. and the President of Your Path To Success Coaching, Inc.

To document her weight loss journey and help others like herself persevere through the challenging time, Dr. Pyle authored the book, “Fat Hurts: How to Maintain Your Healthy Weight After Weight Loss Surgery,” which was recently released. Our very own Dr. James M. Kane, Jr. had the honor of writing the foreword for the book in which he shares advice on the difficult decision that is bariatric surgery and provides encouragement for the weight loss journey that lies ahead.

If you are interesting in purchasing a copy of Dr. Pyle’s inspiring book, you can find it on sale at Amazon here. To learn about weight loss surgery and the support group programs available at our practice, please contact us today.

Nov

28

2012

Chicago Bariatric Surgeons on Revisional Weight Loss Surgery

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Hoffman Estates, IL – Suburban Surgical Care Specialists and Kane Center, a provider of suburban Chicago bariatric surgery, has been performing revisional bariatric procedures for over fifty years. The practice has performed thousands of surgeries during that time, and Dr. James M. Kane Jr. stresses the importance of choosing an experienced surgical team. He states that, due to the nature of the procedure, a well-established practice with a long-standing history is particularly important in regard to revisional bariatric surgery.

Dr. Kane has observed that some reasons for patients seeking out revision of surgery in the last decade is due to the fact that the patients’ initial procedures may have been performed incorrectly. Also, patients who fail to lose weight or have regained weight may also seek revisional surgery, as well as patients who have experienced complications from their previous procedures. The patients Dr. Kane works with also include those who have had Sleeve Gastrectomy performed by another surgeon and are not satisfied with the results. Dr. Kane, who regularly performs gastric sleeve procedures himself, at times may make adjustments and corrections to the previous surgery using his experience and knowledge.

When asked about the importance of a practitioner’s board certification in the decision-making process of a potential patient choosing a provider, Dr. Kane says board certification is important but not essential. Specifically in regard to revisional bariatric surgery, Dr. Kane believes it is more important to choose weight loss surgeons that have vast experience in all types of bariatric surgery including the surgeries done in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. The Chicago weight loss surgeon speaks to his own practice’s knowledge, saying, “Our surgical team is the most experienced surgical team in the Midwest dealing with complex revisional bariatric surgery, and has been a tertiary care center regarding these procedures for decades.” He adds that in order to truly understand how to respond to the needs of the patient and correct the deficiencies of previous operations, it is vital that current practitioners have extensive knowledge of past weight loss surgery practices and obesity to perform a wide spectrum of procedures.

About James M. Kane Jr., MD

Dr. James M. Kane Jr. is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Kane earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his residency training. He later served as the Chief Resident in General Surgery at the University of Illinois Medical Center from 1989-1990 where he has taught as a Clinical Instructor of Surgery ever since. Dr. Kane is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, the American Association of General Surgeons, the American Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, the Illinois Surgical Society, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. He is also a founder and past president of Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgeons.

To contact Suburban Surgical Care Specialists / Kane Center, visit their website at suburbansurgicalcare.com or call 866-716-5263. The center’s office has three locations: Prairie Pointe Medical, 4885 Hoffman Blvd, #400, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192; Arlington Lakes Professional Center, 1614 Central Road, Suite 211, Arlington Heights, IL 60005; and Wimmer Medical Plaza, 800 Biesterfield Road, Suite 101, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. The center’s Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/pages/Suburban-Surgical-Care-Specialists/112793022140308.

Oct

11

2012

Suburban Surgical Care Specialists Notice Increase in Gastric Sleeve

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Hoffman Estates, IL – The bariatric surgeons at Suburban Surgical Care Specialists and Kane Center have recently noticed an increased demand for gastric sleeve procedures. Dr. Peter C. Rantis, Jr., a surgeon at Suburban Surgical Care Specialists, observes that gastric sleeve procedures have been rising in popularity at his practice as people become aware of the option. The gastric sleeve surgery is being performed for weight loss and resolution of comorbids on the same level as the gastric bypass procedure.

Gastric sleeve surgery originated as a staged procedure in high-risk patients combined with either gastric bypass or duodenal switch procedures. However, patients experienced such significant weight loss and resolution of comorbidities following the gastric sleeve surgery that the procedure became a successful independent surgery in and of itself. Compared to gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve surgery – a laparoscopic surgery – is much less malabsorptive and does not require a rerouting of the intestines. Additionally, Dr. Rantis says, “Patient’s tend to recover quicker from the sleeve gastrectomy procedure and are therefore able to return to normal activities sooner.”

When asked what would lead him to recommend gastric sleeve over gastric bypass, Dr. Rantis replied, “I recommend the sleeve gastrectomy procedure over the gastric bypass procedure in patients who are at high-risk due to medical comorbidities, higher BMI’s, previous abdominal surgery, autoimmune syndrome patients, transplant patients, organ failing patients, and patients with history of Peptic Ulcer Disease. In addition, the sleeve gastrectomy can be performed as a single-site laparoscopic procedure through the umbilicus in select patients.”

The gastric sleeve, or sleeve gastrectomy, is performed by removing the majority of the stomach to reduce its size and crease a sleeve-like shape. The reduced size of the stomach allows the patient to feel satiated after eating a smaller portion of food. As a result, many patients continue to experience weight loss after the surgery is completed.

As awareness of gastric sleeve surgery in Chicago and its surrounding areas increases, Dr. Rantis provides an alternative to prospective patients who previously considered gastric bypass surgery to be their only option in fighting obesity. For patients suffering from obesity, the gastric sleeve provides an option that does not require a foreign body implantation or create significant malabsorption.

About Peter C. Rantis, Jr., M.D.

After earning his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Peter C. Rantis, Jr. completed his General Surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center and his Colon and Rectal Surgery fellowship at the Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center. He is a member of several prestigious organizations including American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Rantis is affiliated with multiple Illinois hospitals and has written a number of published medical works. He is also board certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

To contact Suburban Surgical Care Specialists / Kane Center, visit their website at suburbansurgicalcare.com or call 866-716-5263. The center’s office has three locations: Prairie Pointe Medical, 4885 Hoffman Blvd, #400, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192; Arlington Lakes Professional Center, 1614 Central Road, Suite 211, Arlington Heights, IL 60005; and Wimmer Medical Plaza, 800 Biesterfield Road, Suite 101, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007.

Aug

30

2012

Chicago Bariatric Surgeons on Insurance Coverage for Weight Loss Surgery

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Hoffman Estates, IL – At Suburban Surgical Care Specialists / Kane Center, Dr. Kane, a practitioner of suburban Chicago bariatric surgery, knows that when making a decision about surgical procedures, an individual’s insurance benefits can be a significant factor to consider. Prospective patients who wonder if the cost of their weight loss surgery is covered by their insurance carrier can call their carrier to clarify or verify their benefits. However, if a patient’s primary insurance carrier does not cover the procedure a patient is considering and is a candidate for, Dr. Kane suggests alternative options.

One option patients have if their current insurance carrier does not cover their surgery is to seek out an insurance company that offers more comprehensive benefits. Another route patients can take to obtain some form of coverage is to speak directly to their employers about possible arrangements. In order to understand the nuances of varying insurance policies, Dr. Kane urges patients to proactively discern what each insurance carrier deems as medically necessary criteria for specific surgical procedures.

According to Dr. Kane and staff, there are decided benefits to working with insurance companies to cover bariatric surgery procedures: “Having bariatric services covered is an excellent health benefit given the fact that obesity is at an all-time high and leads to comorbid conditions such as diabetes. A new study recently published by the New England Journal of Medicine showed that weight loss surgery is dramatically more effective in the treatment of type 2 diabetes than conventional treatments of diet change and medication.”

With more insurance companies covering procedures such as gastric sleeve surgery, Dr. Kane has noticed an improvement not only in the patients’ physical health but also their mental health. Suburban Surgical Care Specialists / Kane Center has performed an increasing number of weight loss procedures in direct correlation with the increases in patient coverage. Dr. Kane, a Chicago bariatric surgeon, expects the rising rates of coverage and surgeries to continue to increase as insurance companies continue to expand their benefits.

About James M. Kane Jr., MD

Dr. James Kane Jr. is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. A graduate of Creighton University, he earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Kane completed his residency training at the University of Illinois Medical Center where he served as the Chief Resident in General Surgery from 1989-1990. Since 1991, he has taught at the University of Illinois Medical Center as a Clinical Instructor of Surgery. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Northwest Community Hospital, and St. Alexius Medical Center. He has published many articles in national medical journals and delivered presentations internationally throughout his career.

Suburban Surgical Care Specialists / Kane Center hosts a number of weight loss surgery seminars every year to educate the public and other medical professionals on various bariatric topics. To contact the doctors or their trained staff, visit their website at suburbansurgicalcare.com or call 866-716-5263. The center’s office has three locations: Prairie Pointe Medical, 4885 Hoffman Blvd, #400, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192; Arlington Lakes Professional Center, 1614 Central Road, Suite 211, Arlington Heights, IL 60005; and Wimmer Medical Plaza, 800 Biesterfield Road, Suite 101, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. The center’s Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/pages/Suburban-Surgical-Care-Specialists/112793022140308.

Aug

01

2012

Weight Loss Surgery Seminars with Chicago Bariatric Surgery Practice

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Chicago, IL — The weight loss surgeons at Suburban Surgical Care Specialists (SSCS) have provided advanced comprehensive surgical support to Northern Illinois for over 50 years. The practice has recently released an updated calendar for their 2012 weight loss surgery seminars, and kicked off their latest support group series, with several courses designed to help patients adjust to their new lifestyle. The surgeons say they hope these services help those patients considering weight loss take the leap toward a healthier, happier life, as well as those patients in the middle of their weight loss journey that may need some inspiration.

The weight loss surgery seminars are held at the Hoffman Estates office, which is located at 4885 Hoffman Blvd. in Ste. 401, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192. The Dr. Peter Rantis, a bariatric surgeon as SSCS, says these seminars are designed to not only help patients make the decision to pursue medically supported weight loss, but also prepare them for the lifestyle changes that are essential to a successful procedure: “The best part of the seminars is the particular testimonial. These patients volunteer their time to others considering this big step of pursuing surgery. The seminars provide an overview of why weight loss surgery is indicated, and also the options are available. The pros and cons of each are discussed. I tell all of my patients they must know exactly what they are getting into, and they must be committed in order to obtain long term success.”

In addition to the seminars, the practice’s 2012 Behavioral Change Series recently began with a course titled, “The Psychological Side of Weight Loss Surgery.” Throughout the series, the facilitator of the support group, Adam Crane, PsyD will help participants understand common obstacles such as problematic eating and stress, and how to combat these roadblocks by identifying existing support groups and eating patterns, and considering one’s self-image and level of self-esteem. The 2012 Support Group series also includes courses for post-operative success following procedures such as the gastric band and the vertical gastric sleeve.

Regardless of the procedure their patients undergo, the surgeons of SSCS say education and support both play an integral role in a successful weight loss journey. Additionally, they urge patients to consult with a qualified bariatric surgeon, because when considering weight loss surgery, having a solid grasp of the lifestyle changes that accompany a procedure can help patients achieve a safe and effective procedure as well as long-term weight loss success.

About Suburban Surgical Care Specialists

To further support the special requirements and unique needs of bariatric surgery patients, SSCS recently established the Kane Center, which has been designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois as a Designated Center for Bariatric Surgery. The surgeons at SSCS are dedicated to providing the latest and most effective weight loss procedures for their patients, and believe patient education and post-operative support are as essential to a successful procedure as surgical technique and expertise.

SSCS has three location: Prairie Pointe Medical at 4885 Hoffman Blvd., #400, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192; Arlington Lakes Professional Center at 1614 Central Road, Suite 211, Arlington Heights, IL 60005; Wimmer Medical Plaza at 810 Biesterfield Rd. Suite 101, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. The offices can be reached at (866) 716-5263, or (847) 255-9697. SSCS can also be found online at www.suburbansurgicalcare.com, or their Chicago Weight Loss Surgery Facebook page.