Surgical / Non Surgical Options

LAP-BAND® and REALIZE® Band

What we offer:

  • Surgical Weight Loss
    • LAP-BAND® (Apollo)
    • Repair/revision of prior gastric band surgeries
  • General surgery for related conditions
    • Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (EGD, colonoscopy)
    • Laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair
    • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
    • Laparoscopic hernia repair of ventral, umbilical, and inguinal hernias

Typically, patients who consider surgery are tired of losing and regaining weight and just can’t face another diet program. Most people have tried everything by the time they consider surgery. They want a powerful tool to help them succeed.

The LAP-BAND® is a proven* weight loss tool.

We understand that many people suffering from obesity have abnormal appetite mechanisms and their bodies are very efficient at storing calories. Skinny people do not have this physiology. We all know skinny people who don’t eat right and don’t exercise but they don’t become obese.

Habitual dieters who are more than one hundred pounds overweight may regain all lost weight and often more over the long-term. Dieting can be associated with depression, anxiety, irritability, weakness, and preoccupation with food. Many patients will repeatedly lose and regain weight (yo-yo). This is why gastric band surgery is so effective*. We believe the best way to achieve a healthy weight is by losing weight in a gradual, natural way, without the disadvantages of a diet mentality.

Gastric Bypass

There are many important differences between laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and gastric bypass surgery. Synchrony Chicago Weight Loss does not offer gastric bypass. If you look at the common complications of weight loss surgery, the gastric band (LAP-BAND®) is much safer*. Many complications related to the gastric bypass do not exist with the gastric band. Gastric bypass complications are common, severe and can result in death or long-term disability. Band complications are rare, minor, and easily fixed as an outpatient procedure in most cases*.

Even though at 3-5 years weight loss statistics from both gastric banding and gastric bypass are comparable*, gastric bypass surgery can make the number on the scale look better faster in the first year or two. Unfortunately, it accomplishes this in a very unhealthy way, causing your body to waste muscle and bone. Gastric bypass creates a condition called malabsorption to effect weight loss. This can cause severe diarrhea, and makes the absorption of medications, vitamins, and nutrients more difficult and unpredictable.

Even if gastric bypass patients reach a healthy weight, they are still stuck with malabsorption for the rest of their lives. After band surgery, when you reach your healthy weight, you’re healthy. We think this is the right way to do it.

Non-Surgical Options

Obesity is a complex disease that requires complex treatment. Many medical weight loss programs are geared toward short-term success. Our approach is to maximize your long-term success. A comprehensive approach is needed to evaluate and treat obesity through medical, medicinal, behavioral, nutritional, and physiological means.

We are constantly revising our list of medical services such that we may have something new for you at any time. These may include screening for metabolic conditions that cause obesity, nutritional evaluation, psychological services and counseling, physical therapy evaluation for calorie burning, etc.

If you are serious about losing weight, before embarking on a weight loss program, it is important to make sure that the excess weight is not due to a medical condition; for example a person’s metabolism may be too efficient at absorbing food nutrients and storing it as fat. Also, certain medications such as anti-depressants and steroids may lead to weight gain. We evaluate not only the common problems such as hyperlipidemia, diabetes, sleep apnea, but also evaluate rarer obesity-related illnesses such as insulin resistance, infertility, and hormonal imbalances.

More importantly, we not only start with these parameters, but constantly monitor your progress and adapt your program throughout your weight loss journey.

*RESULTS WILL VARY

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