For many people who are obese, surgery is the most effective way to lose weight and reduce the risk of obesity-related health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. Our team will work with you to determine if surgery is the best route for you.
Surgical options include:
- Gastric Bypass Surgery: a highly effective, long-term treatment for morbid obesity. In this procedure, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch and attaches a section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine.
- Sleeve Gastrectomy (also called gastric sleeve surgery): a laparoscopic procedure where a thin, vertical sleeve of the stomach is created using a stapling device. The sleeve is about the size of a banana, and it limits the amount of food you can eat. The rest of the stomach is removed.
Either surgery you choose is part of a larger weight loss program that includes:
Are you a good candidate for bariatric surgery? It might be a good choice for you if these statements are true:
- Monthly clinic visits
- Nutritional counseling
- Psychological evaluation
- Exercise and fitness instruction
- Postoperative follow up
- Support groups and education
- You are morbidly obese. This means you have a BMI, or Body Mass Index, of at least 40, or a BMI of at least 35 plus an obesity-related disease such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
- You have tried to lose weight using other methods and they have not worked.
- You are committed to making the changes necessary for long-term success. Surgery is only the beginning of the weight loss journey. To lose weight and keep it off – which most bariatric surgery patients are able to do – you will have to commit to making healthy choices.
To start your surgical weight loss journey with our program, you can either view our free online informational seminar below.
The online seminar will take you through our current surgical options for weight loss, including the program requirements and the associated benefits and risks of each one.
How to Get Started in the Surgical Program:
Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions
310 W Iowa Street
- Watch the Surgical New Patient Seminar Video featuring our Medical Director, Dr. Burry, (below) or sign up for one of our in-person seminars at our office.
- Complete the questionnaire after the video.
- Fill out the Surgical New Patient Information Packet (below). We can also send you this paperwork through your active MyChart account, or you can contact our office at 812-450-7419 to have the forms sent to your home address.
- Mail or fax the completed forms to:
Evansville, IN 47710
Or, if you completed the forms via your MyChart account, you can electronically send them back to our office hassle free.
- Not a patient of Deaconess Health System? In order to better understand your medical history, we may ask for medical records from your established primary care provider.
- Identify your support system. Think about who can help you stick to the program and support you with changes along the way.
- Now, get ready to lose weight!
New Patient Seminar Video
Surgical New Patient Paperwork: