The CHI Health Clinic Bariatric Program is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality care using the most advanced bariatric surgery techniques. Our board-certified surgeons combine world-class expertise and a commitment to personalized care to give patients the best experience possible. Whether you are having weight loss surgery or hope to lose excess weight through our Medically Monitored Weight Loss Program, we can answer all your questions. We pride ourselves in providing you with the care you need to live a healthier life before and after your bariatric surgery.
Are You a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?
- Adults who have a BMI over 40, thus being greater than 100 pounds overweight.
- Adults with a BMI between 35 and 40, thus being approximately 75 pounds overweight, who have obesity-related medical complications, such as diabetes, heart disease, or sleep apnea.
- Those who have failed to lose weight by non-surgical means (weight loss programs, diets, etc). Some insurance companies may require documentation of participation in at least one weight loss program.
- Those willing to commit to a lifelong change of proper diet, exercise, and medical follow up.
Our CHI Health Clinic surgeons perform three different types of procedures and they work closely with patients every step of the way to ensure long-term weight loss success:
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery uses a combination of restriction and malabsorption. During the procedure, the surgeon creates a smaller stomach pouch. The surgeon then attaches a Y-shaped section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass a large portion of the small intestine, which absorbs calories and nutrients. Having the smaller stomach pouch causes patients to feel fuller sooner and eat less food; bypassing a portion of the small intestine means the patient’s body absorbs fewer calories.
Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAP-BAND ® and REALIZE ® BAND.)
Gastric banding is a restrictive surgical procedure. During this procedure, two medical devices are implanted in the patient: a silicone band and an injection port. The silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach and molds the stomach into two connected chambers. The injection port is attached to the abdominal wall, underneath the skin. The port is connected to the band with soft, thin tubing.
Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. It is larger than the stomach pouch created during Roux-en-Y bypass—and is about the size of a banana.
Weight Management Program
Weight loss is more than just a surgery and our CHI Health Weight Management program gives patients the full continuum of health which includes:
- Access to a multidisciplinary team who will address all aspects of weight loss: physicians, surgeons, nurses, dietitians, health educators, and fitness experts specializing in bariatric patient care
- Medically monitored to ensure safe and effective weight loss
- A recovery team, trained in the specialized needs of bariatric patients, is available on a highly skilled nursing unit that features private rooms
- One point of contact – our nurse navigators will help “navigate” you through the entire process – from insurance approvals to pre- and post-surgery appointments to long-term maintenance support
- All surgeries are minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures, meaning less pain and scarring and a quicker recovery
- Collaborations with other specialties, including cardiology, internal medicine, psychology, psychiatry, and pulmonary medicine to ensure the full-continuum of care
- Bi-Monthly educational seminars for program candidates
- Monthly post-operative patient support groups
- Long-term patient follow-up, with educational and nutritional support
Dr. Kalyana C. Nandipati