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Hospital offers innovative weight-loss procedure


Bolingbrook – Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital is now offering a weight-loss surgery that is minimally invasive and carries a lower risk of complications compared to traditional procedures.

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery is an outpatient procedure that involves the placement of a silicone ring around the stomach, which regulates its filling capacity and can be adjusted during future visits to a doctor’s office. The procedure is done with general anesthesia and takes about an hour.

“We’re proud to give our patients another option for success when it comes to weight loss and staying healthy,” said Rick Mace, chief executive officer of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. “Adjustable gastric banding surgery is a bold and innovative procedure that we’re happy to provide.”

Dr. Vafa Shayani, medical director of bariatric surgery, said gastric banding surgery essentially controls hunger by restricting stomach capacity. Patients typically lose one to two pounds a week once the band is in place, and the weight loss continues at this rate until the desired weight is achieved.

“You will actually feel full and walk away from food,” Shayani said. “And people can lose weight at their own pace.”

Gastric banding is considered the safest and least invasive weight-loss surgery. Unlike gastric bypass, gastric banding does not result in cutting or suture lines. Also, the procedure does not affect food absorption or cause nutritional deficiencies, Shayani said.

The surgery is performed with a video-enabled laparoscope, allowing surgeons an inside view of the body through incisions colloquially called buttonholes. It is designed for morbidly obese patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or greater.

For more information, contact Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, 500 Remington Blvd., at (630) 312-BAND.