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.




What to Expect in Thyroid Surgery?

The thyroid is a gland within the endocrine system responsible for secreting hormones into the bloodstream, which work to control how the body uses food for energy. The butterfly-shaped gland is located in the front of the neck and has a major influence on how well the organs are working throughout the body. When the thyroid is not working properly, too much or too little of the hormone is typically released, leading to a number of associated symptoms. The most common issues related to the thyroid include an overactive gland, underactive gland, formation of a lump, or an enlarged gland. Although surgery is not always necessary to treat the thyroid, a resection may be required to effectively improve the gland’s function.

At Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center, our experienced doctors perform thyroid surgery most commonly to remove nodules or other abnormalities. Although growths on the thyroid are often benign, they can still affect the balance of hormone secretion. Our surgeons often recommend the removal of these nodules to ensure the thyroid maintains its proper function. If a nodule proves to be malignant, further testing of the area may be necessary to determine if the cancerous cells have spread.

Thyroid surgery involves the use of general anesthesia to ensure the patient remains completely relaxed and comfortable. A very small incision is created at the front of the neck near the thyroid, through which one of our surgeons will operate to carefully remove the nodule using advanced radio-guided imaging technology. More specific details of what a patient can expect during their procedure is discussed during an appointment with their doctor.




Duodenal Switch vs. Gastric Bypass: Which is Right for Me?

A variety of weight loss surgeries are available today, each of which can be very effective for the right candidates. At Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center, our doctors perform highly innovative procedures to help patients achieve long-lasting weight loss results.

Two of the most advanced bariatric surgical techniques we offer include the Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (DS) and the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Both of these procedures are performed laparoscopically, providing our patients with a faster, more comfortable recovery as well as minimal scarring. While they are similar in many ways, the duodenal switch and gastric bypass procedures also have unique differences.

Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (DS)

The Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch is ideal for those who suffer from severe morbid obesity, which means they have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 50. During this procedure, a significant portion of the stomach is removed through a vertical sleeve gastrectomy. This limits the amount of food the stomach is able to store, making you feel full with less food. The small intestine is then rerouted to lesser the digestion of calories and nutrients, which is why this is categorized as a “malabsorptive” procedure.

The DS has been shown to help provide long-lasting weight loss results and resolve diseases often linked with obesity. Patients can lose up to 90% of their excess weight. However, since it is a more complex bariatric surgery, the DS comes with more risks—all of which will be discussed in detail with you during your consultation.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is also a malabsorptive procedure that offers great potential for the right patients. The Roux-en-Y works by dividing the stomach into two sections. A small stomach pouch is created to hold food while the other section is rerouted to the small intestine. The stomach pouch is much smaller than what is created in a duodenal switch, therefore allowing less food to be stored.

Patients who undergo the gastric bypass procedure typically lose about two-thirds of their excess weight within only one year. This is possible due to both restricting food and limiting calorie absorption.

To learn whether the duodenal switch or gastric bypass procedure is right for you, please contact us to set up a consultation with one of our experienced bariatric surgeons.




LINX® Reflux Management System Now Available


Suburban Surgical Care Specialists is now offering the LINX® Reflux Management System at Alexian Brothers Medical Center for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux.

Patients suffering from symptoms of GERD who are chronically on PPIs to control their symptoms, such as heartburn, nocturnal regurgitation, chronic cough as well as others, are possible candidates for this new procedure. The LINX® System involves the implantation of a small device which takes a relatively short time to implant, and is performed laparoscopically. Patients typically recover quickly and return to normal activities.

The LINX® Reflux Management System is indicated for patients diagnosed with GERD which has been verified with abnormal pH testing. There have been several clinical trials which have shown promising results from placement of this device. The LINX® device has been implanted in approximately 5,000 patients in the past 9 1/2 years. There have been several clinical papers which report promising data including complete cessation of the use of PPIs, with the majority of patients reporting resolution of reflux symptoms, and the overwhelming majority of patients reporting low rates of side effects and high satisfaction rates.

  • 85% of patients were free of daily PPI medication 5 years after placement
  • 99% of patients reported no bothersome heartburn affecting their sleep
  • 97% of patients required no change to their diet due to heartburn

If you are interested in this procedure, and feel you may be a candidate, please contact our office at 847-255-9697 and sign up for a free seminar on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 9-11 a.m. at the Hoffman Estates office.

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miraDry® Offers Proven Results for Underarm Sweating

miradry-logo-no-tagOur team at Suburban Surgical Care Specialists / Kane Center is committed to offering the safest, most effective treatments available. Among our expansive procedural offering is miraDry®, which is a non-invasive treatment designed to reduce excessive underarm sweating. This advanced solution has helped numerous patients at SSCS successfully diminish odor and visible sweating in their underarms. To further examine the potential of miraDry®, a comparison study was recently conducted to see the difference between six volunteers’ treated underarm versus their untreated underarm.

Four weeks after they underwent miraDry® on one side, they returned to take a test to determine the level of improvement they received. The participants rode a stationary bike in a heated room for about 30 minutes. Following this exercise, pictures were taken to compare both of their underarms. The pictures from this study reveal the noticeable difference between the patients’ treated versus untreated underarms, and they reported being extremely satisfied with the level of reduction they achieved.

The volunteers in this study each had their own motivation for seeking relief from their excessive underarm sweating. This fact, along with the obvious improvement, proves that miraDry® is a viable option for a wide variety of individuals.




Armpit Hair Removal Treatment with miraSmooth

resize-shutterstock_278725580Many of our patients at Suburban Surgical Care Specialists have already reaped the benefits of the miraDry® procedure, which can reduce or stop the production of underarm sweat. With the introduction of miraSmooth™, our patients have the option of simultaneously removing underarm hair for skin that can stay smooth and dry.

This FDA-approved treatment utilizes microwave energy to target and eliminate the hair follicles of the underarm as well as reduce new hair growth. In addition, this treatment can stop sweat by stunting the glands, which can provide relief for patients suffering from hyperhidrosis. Since miraSmooth™ has proven effective on all skin types, skin colors, and hair types, the procedure is considered “color-blind” and can help nearly any patient who desires smoother, drier, odor-free underarms. Patients typically experience significant improvement after just one treatment session, though some patients opt for a follow-up treatment to maximize their results.

For more information on miraSmooth™, or to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists, please contact us today.




Duodenal Switch Offers Dramatic Results for Severe Obesity

Find out moreAmong the highly advanced techniques our bariatric surgeons perform, Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center (SSCS) offers the biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (DS) for those with severe obesity. This innovative procedure has shown to provide transformative results for those with a body mass index (BMI) close to 50 or higher.

The DS is ideal for those with severe obesity as it allows for optimal weight loss potential. The procedure simultaneously limits food intake and reduces food absorption in the digestive system. This is done by carefully removing a large portion of the stomach, which limits the amount of food you are able to store and, therefore, consume. The remaining pouch is then connected to the end of the small intestine, only allowing digestive juices to absorb a limited amount of the calories you consume.

The DS technique is a complex procedure that our surgeons have been performing laparoscopically for years. To learn if the DS can help you achieve your major weight loss goals, please contact us to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced physicians.




ORBERA™ Non-Surgical Weight Loss Treatment Is Here

Available NowOne size-fits-all rarely does, whether it’s in regard to clothing or medical treatment. Everyone’s body, experiences, needs, and goals are unique — shouldn’t weight loss methods be just as individual? Introducing ORBERA™ Managed Weight Loss System, an FDA-approved, non-surgical approach that can be tailored to your anatomical requirements and desired outcome. Our board certified bariatric surgeons now offer this comprehensive program at our practice, and it may be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

ORBERA™ is different because it combines proven methods and customizes them to your needs and goals. The two-part procedure begins with the non-surgical placement of a balloon in your stomach, which is filled with saline to help you feel full and limit the amount of food that can be consumed. The balloon is inserted through the throat endoscopically, so no incisions will be necessary. The balloon remains in place for six months as you gradually lose weight and adjust to new, smaller portion sizes. After six months, the balloon will be removed — no surgery needed.

The second part of the process is the comprehensive diet, fitness, and weight loss assistance program that will be provided by a team of professionals. You will learn how to make healthier food choices, limit calories, exercise effectively, and improve your overall health. For the six months following removal of the balloon, this weight loss support system will help you continue to lose weight as safely as possible while allowing you to develop the habits that will keep the weight off for the long term.

It’s time to start thinking about weight loss in a different way, and ORBERA™ does just that. If you’re 18 years of age or older with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40, then ORBERA™ may be right for you. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation.




Permanently Eliminate Underarm Sweat with Non-Invasive miraDry® Treatment

ArmpitWith miraDry® treatment at Suburban Surgical Care Specialists, you may never have to worry about sweat stains, deodorant marks, or odors emanating from the armpits ever again. Our practice makes it a priority to invest in some of the latest technologies so patients can achieve the best possible treatment results – and miraDry® is one of the most innovative procedures to come along in quite some time. FDA-approved to treat hyperhidrosis in the underarms, miraDry® is unique in that it offers a non-surgical way to reduce, and even eliminate, underarm sweating… permanently.

Using electromagnetic energy, miraDry® delivers heat through a special handpiece to target the sweat glands in the underarms. The treatment is designed to eliminate the sweat glands entirely, leading to consistent dryness in the armpits. Although sweat glands are the body’s natural way of cooling itself, only two percent of sweat glands are located in the underarms, and therefore should not have an effect on overall body cooling.

The miraDry® procedure is different from other non-surgical hyperhidrosis treatments in that it is designed to be permanent. Many patients achieve immediate results after only one miraDry® treatment; however, some patients may require at least two treatments to resolve the problem. The miraDry® procedure does not require incisions and is performed on an outpatient basis. The entire treatment usually takes only about one hour to complete, and there is typically little to no downtime required.

miraDry® can ultimately make your concerns about excessive, noticeable sweating in the underarms completely disappear!

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For more information on how miraDry® can help you meet your needs, or to schedule a consultation here at Suburban Surgical Care Specialists, please contact us today.




Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Breast Cancer

iStock_000007192815SmallAt Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center (SSCS), our team of skilled surgeons offers an innovative breast surgery procedure called the sentinel lymph node biopsy to help treat patients who have been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. “Sentinel lymph node” is the name given to the first lymph node(s) cancer cells move to when spreading through the lymphatic system. For breast cancer patients, the sentinel node is usually one (or more) of the axillary lymph nodes located underneath the arms, and the sentinel lymph node biopsy is generally performed to determine whether or not the cancer has started to spread away from the original tumor in the breast.

During this minimally invasive procedure, your surgeon will inject a safe, specialized dye into the breast near the tumor to track the potential spread of cancer cells into the lymphatic system. He will then make a small incision under your arm where the axillary nodes are located and remove lymph nodes that have been stained with the dye in order to have them examined for cancerous cells. If your sentinel nodes show no signs of cancer, it is likely the cancer has not spread. However, if there are cancerous cells present, your surgeon may need to examine additional lymph nodes to evaluate how far the cancer has spread. Based on the diagnosis, our surgeons can help determine the best treatment method going forward to improve your health.

We are committed to offering the highest quality of surgical care for breast cancer patients. If you are interested in learning more about the sentinel lymph node biopsy procedure, or if you wish to schedule a consultation at our office, please contact us today.