'It's not about the weight I lost, but the new life I gained' -Ally

Why Weight?

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The American Diabetes Association recommends weight loss surgery for anyone who has a BMI greater than 40 and is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

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Did You Know?

  • Bariatric surgery safety profile is comparable to some of the safest and most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S.*
  • Patients may lose up to 60% of excess weight six months after surgery and 77% of excess weight as early as 12 months post surgery*
  • Bariatric surgery can improve or resolve more than 40 obesity-related diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and sleep apnea*

* Source: American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

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Meet Dr. Robert Wegner

Dr. Wegner, a board-certified general surgeon, joined the St. Francis Center for Surgical weight loss in 2010 and currently serves as Medical Director. He currently performs over 400 cases per year and specializes in laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic gastric sleeve, and converting laparoscopic gastric bands to gastric bypass with only one surgery. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and bariatric fellowship at the University of Iowa, the recognized birthplace of weight loss surgery. During fellowship he published journal articles reporting the remarkable benefits of laparoscopic gastric bypass leading to the resolution of type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

Meet Eric!

Gastric Bypass surgery patient, down more than 160 pounds five years after surgery.

photo of Eric after weight-loss surgery

Eric's Story

Type of Surgery: Gastric Bypass

Starting weight: 384

Pounds lost since surgery: 160

Medical Conditions before Surgery: borderline diabetic, sleep trouble

Conditions that have improved since surgery: energy, no longer borderline diabetic

Why did you decide to have surgery: Diabetes and high blood pressure runs in my family. I didn’t want that for me.

Why Saint Francis: I knew they would take good care of me. They are nice people who care.

How has your life improved: I am able to do more things with my family. I walk the mall with my wife and don’t have to look for the first place to sit down and rest. I get to spend less on smaller sized clothes. I am a truck driver and now I can get in and out of my truck with no trouble.

What is one thing you never thought you could do that you are able/willing to do now: Run a mile in under 10 minutes.

Disclaimer: This is the testimonial of an actual patient. However, results will vary by individual. Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding with the Lap Band® is also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in people with a BMI of 30 to 35 who have at least one obesity-related condition. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like many types of surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.

Meet Kimberly!

Gastric Bypass surgery patient, down more than 120 pounds eight years after surgery.

photo of Kimberly after weight-loss surgery

Kimberly's Story

Type of Surgery: Gastric Bypass

Starting weight: 285

Pounds lost since surgery: 120

Medical Conditions before Surgery: Diabetes and hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Conditions that have improved since surgery: High blood pressure and diabetes

Conditions that have gone away/disappeared/been cured: Diabetes is gone; High blood pressure is reduced

Why did you decide to have surgery: Health reasons to improve my quality of life.

Why Saint Francis: I was actually referred by a friend who was a patient. Prior to our conversation I knew nothing about it.

How has your life improved: My co-morbidities have decreased, by physical activity has increased and my personality and social life have come alive.

What is one thing you never thought you could do that you are able/willing to do now: Stand in front of a room and be a confident Kim physically as well as mentally.

Anything else: The weight loss introduced me to one of my daily loves and therapy regimens, ZUMBA. I came to love it so much I became a teacher. I love teaching this format because it allows me to minister to others and help them.

Disclaimer: This is the testimonial of an actual patient. However, results will vary by individual. Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding with the Lap Band® is also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in people with a BMI of 30 to 35 who have at least one obesity-related condition. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like many types of surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.

BMI Information

BMI stands for Body Mass Index, and it is a tool to measure mass based on your weight in relation to your height. Your BMI can help gauge your risk of certain diseases that can occur in people who have a higher percentage of body mass. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk may be. A BMI of 40 is about 80 to 100 pounds over “normal” weight.

Am I a candidate for bariatric surgery?

To qualify for bariatric surgery an individual must:

  1. Have a BMI of 40 or greater.
  2. Have a BMI of 35-39, with significant obesity-related medical conditions such as:
    • Diabetes
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    • Cardiovascular disease

BMI Calculator

Your body mass index (BMI) is an indicator of a healthy weight in comparison to your height.
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Bariatric Procedures

The most common bariatric surgery procedures are gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. Each surgery has its own advantages and disadvantages.

*Most common Bariatric procedure is the Sleeve Gastrectomy accounting for 70 % weight loss operations in US and worldwide, followed by Gastric Bypass 17%.

The Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy – often called the sleeve – is performed by removing approximately 80 percent of the stomach. The remaining stomach is a tubular pouch that resembles a banana.

This procedure works by several mechanisms. First, the new stomach pouch holds a considerably smaller volume than the normal stomach and helps to significantly reduce the amount of food (and thus calories) that can be consumed. The greater impact, however, seems to be the effect the surgery has on gut hormones that impact a number of factors including hunger, satiety, and blood sugar control.

Short term studies show that the sleeve is as effective as the roux-en-Y gastric bypass in terms of weight loss and improvement or remission of diabetes. There is also evidence that suggests the sleeve, similar to the gastric bypass, is effective in improving type 2 diabetes independent of the weight loss. The complication rates of the sleeve fall between those of the adjustable gastric band and the roux-en-y gastric bypass.

There are two components to the procedure. First, a small stomach pouch, approximately one ounce or 30 milliliters in volume, is created by dividing the top of the stomach from the rest of the stomach. Next, the first portion of the small intestine is divided, and the bottom end of the divided small intestine is brought up and connected to the newly created small stomach pouch. The procedure is completed by connecting the top portion of the divided small intestine to the small intestine further down so that the stomach acids and digestive enzymes from the bypassed stomach and first portion of small intestine will eventually mix with the food.

Payment Options

Weight-loss surgeries are covered by most major insurance providers. Coverage varies, depending on your policy.

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