Lutheran Weight Loss Center Offers Surgery and Support
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who struggle with obesity, you’ve probably tried to lose weight in any number of ways. At the Lutheran Weight Loss Center, we understand the complex causes of obesity, and we offer a range of treatments and support services that can help you finally take control of your weight.
“Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is a safe and effective tool to help people lose weight and keep it off,” says Katy Irani, MD, Medical Director of the Weight Loss Center. “There are still lifestyle changes that need to be made, but surgery allows them to make these changes more easily and effectively without the cravings and hunger they would have with just diet and exercise. This is because surgery changes the balance of hormones and gut bacteria that affect appetite and metabolism. Patients may ultimately lose 50 to 80 percent of their excess weight.”
Dr. Irani performs three types of weight loss procedures.
- Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: This surgery involves removing about 75 percent of the stomach, creating a sleeve-like pouch about the size of a banana, which restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold. The rest of the digestive tract is left intact.
- Laparoscopic Roux en Y Gastric Bypass: In this procedure, the stomach is made into a small pouch about the size of an egg, restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold. The digestive tract is also rerouted so that food passes directly into the lower portion of the small intestine, which results in hormonal alterations that aid weight loss.
- Intragastric balloon: This is a nonsurgical procedure where a balloon is placed in the stomach for six months, decreasing hunger cravings and allowing people to develop better eating habits. This is an out-of-pocket procedure and not covered by insurance.
Dr. Irani performs sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass procedures using a minimally invasive approach with four to six incisions, the majority of which are smaller than 1 cm in length. Patients return home after one to two nights in the hospital and usually return to work and regular activities in two weeks.
“Patients lose weight most rapidly in the first six months after the procedure, and they continue to lose for about a year and a half,” Dr. Irani says. “They often find that their food cravings have changed, and they no longer crave high-calorie foods. This results in major improvements in obesity-related health conditions, including high blood pressure, sleep apnea, joint pain and infertility.”
Lutheran Weight Loss center provides a team of weight loss and maintenance experts, including dietitians and counselors, to support patients both before and after their procedures.
“We see patients regularly for at least five years, and we encourage them to continue to see us for maintenance appointments and attend our monthly support groups for as long as they need,” she says. “We are passionate about helping patients transform their bodies and maintain their healthy habits for the rest of their lives.”
Katy Irani, MD
GET BACK TO LIFE: We’ll partner with you before, during and after surgery with expert, compassionate, comprehensive care. When exercise and eating better aren’t enough, we offer a range of solutions to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight for a healthier life. The Lutheran Weight Loss Center offers many surgical options, as well as a nonsurgical weight loss option, “Re-Shape,” through a streamlined program for those who need help losing weight. Start your journey to a new and healthy you by visiting lutheranweightloss.org today!