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Weight Loss Center

Obesity is a rapidly increasing epidemic—more than one third of the adult population in our country is obese. This serious condition leads to additional health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. If left untreated, obesity can be fatal.

Higher medical costs are another cause for concern regarding obesity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state medical costs for obese patients are approximately $1,500 higher than for patients of average weight.

Bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is a tool to help patients with obesity with their battle to regain control of their health. Sleeve gastrectomy, a type of bariatric surgery offered nationwide, is now available via the Shannon Weight Loss Center.

The goal of bariatric surgery is to reduce the patient's caloric intake and to curb hunger. The sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure that narrows the size of the stomach, causing you to consume fewer calories.

The operation removes the receptors that trigger hunger which causes the appetite to decrease. National standards are used to determine if a patient qualifies for surgery.

The process

Bariatric surgery is a permanent change to the body and Dr. Jastrow, MD, FACS, and his team must make sure patients are mentally and physically capable of tolerating the procedure. The professionals at the Weight Loss Center follow patients pre- and post-operatively. Prior to the operation, patients will have a tailored pre-op clearance plan.

Patients should expect to lose 60 to 70 percent of their excess body weight after the sleeve gastrectomy procedure. How quickly the weight is lost varies for each patient. They may be able to stop taking medications and reverse conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Surgery is only one part of a patient's weight-loss journey. The doctors make sure the operation is a success from the operation standpoint, but the patient plays a crucial role in having a successful outcome. They have to adhere to a diet and exercise regimen.

Patients are given a bariatric manual that offers an in-depth look into the operation itself, including pre- and post-operative care required, dietary plans, medications, exercise, and foods to avoid.

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