The Mercer Health Weight Management Center offers two types of weight loss procedures:
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
The sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive weight loss procedure that creates a thin, vertical sleeve of stomach. The size of the stomach is reduced to the size and shape of a banana, and the rest of the stomach is removed. This surgery creates a smaller stomach, limiting the amount of food you can eat and helps you feel fuller sooner.
LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding
During this laparoscopic surgery, an adjustable, silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. Once in place, the band is inflated with saline through a small port, creating a small stomach pouch that limits food consumption and creates a feeling of fullness. The band is adjustable to your needs and can be tightened or loosened over time to change the amount of food restriction.
Weight loss surgery is appropriate for those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40, or a BMI of 30 or higher with one or more obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea. To calculate your BMI, click here.
Free information seminars are scheduled monthly at the Weight Management Center. You can also view this seminar online via the link below:
By considering the option to undergo weight loss surgery, you have taken the first step necessary to change your health…and your life. Weight loss surgery can be the step to help you succeed at losing and maintaining weight loss where other programs have failed. Mercer Health Weight Management Center has a comprehensive program and a team of dedicated staff to guide you through the entire process. We also offer a monthly support group to our patients for additional education and support before and after surgery.
To learn more about weight loss surgery at Mercer Health, please register and watch the seminar above, come to one of our free monthly informational seminars, or call us at 419-678-THIN (8446).
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