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Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

Offering Two Surgical Options 

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Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions now offers two surgical weight loss options, gastric bypass and gastric banding. Surgery improves most obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, heart disease and many orthopedic conditions.

Our comprehensive programs ensure the safest and most successful experience for every patient.
Learn more about patient requirements, insurance reimbursement, patient support groups, and our surgeons.

The National Institute of Health endorses Bariatric Surgery as an effective medical treatment for clinical obesity.

The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Procedure

Gastric bypass is a combination procedure that uses both restrictive and malabsorptive elements. First the stomach is stapled to make a smaller pouch. Then most of the stomach and part of the intestines are bypassed by attaching (usually stapling) a part of the intestine to the small stomach pouch. As a result, a patient cannot eat as much and absorbs fewer nutrients and calories.

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y is now available, allowing for a shorter recovery time.

LAP-BAND Gastric Banding Procedure

Gastric banding is a restrictive procedure, during which an inflatable band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. This creates a smaller stomach pouch, which restricts the amount of food that can be consumed at one time and increases the time it takes for the stomach to empty. As a result, a patient achieves sustained weight loss by limiting food intake, reducing appetite, and slowing digestion.

Although during the first year after surgery, weight loss with the gastric bypass is greater than with the LAP-BAND® System, surgeons report that at 5 years many LAP-BAND® and gastric bypass patients achieve comparable weight loss (55% for LAP-BAND® and 59% for Gastric Bypass).

Patient Requirements

Patients must be more than 100 pounds over their ideal body weight for height OR at least 75 pounds overweight with significant weight-caused illnesses AND over 18 years of age.

Prior to surgery, patients must be approved by all members of our multidisciplinary team, including the clinic physician, dietitian, psychologist, exercise specialist and surgeon. Together, team members determine if patients are good surgical candidates who will also comply with post-surgical eating and lifestyle recommendations.

All patients are required to begin using Optifast weight loss nutritional products at least two weeks prior to surgery to achieve the healthiest BMI possible. We have an exclusive contract with Optifast, a division of Novartis.
Post-surgical follow-up office visits and support group meetings are required.

Insurance Reimbursement

Because severe obesity is a medical problem and bariatric surgery is an effective medical treatment, these procedures are covered by most insurance companies. We will work with patients to facilitate the process.

Patient Support Groups

Prospective and post-operative patients are invited to attend our free monthly support groups. Our guest speakers discuss issues that relate to nutrition, exercise, emotional stress, lifestyles and social interaction.

Our Surgeons

Bariatric surgeons Todd S. Burry, MD and Chris Haughn, MD of Evansville Surgical Associates, perform the surgeries at Deaconess Hospital.

For more information about gastric bypass or gastric banding surgery, or to refer a patient, contact Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions. Call 812/ 450-7419.