Weight Loss Options
More Options. More Experience. Better Outcomes.
The Healthy for Life Team is here for you at every step as you face new challenges and celebrate achievements in your weight loss journey. After your surgery and medical weight loss, patients adjust to their new lifestyle with assistance from our team and the Weight No More support group. Our patients tell us that this ongoing support is as vital as the pre-surgery program. On-going participation in the program enables patients to continue practicing the skills necessary for a lifetime of continued health and weight management.
Medical Weight Loss
At Healthy 4 Life, we provide customize weight loss options with ongoing medical and personal support. Our medical weight loss options are ideal for patients who want to lose 40 pounds or less. The medical weight loss phase of the program may vary in length depending on how much weight you want to lose. All patients are followed in the office, and are provided education to learn more about nutrition, portion control, exercise, shopping, cooking, behavior adaptation and more. We believe that an educated patient will not only lose more weight, but is more likely to achieve lifelong weight management.
After a personalized evaluation by a board certified physician trained in obesity medical
management, some people may be candidates for a non-surgical procedure using balloon technology. The ReShape™ Procedure is a non-surgical approach to weight loss that is proven to help people achieve and maintain significant weight loss designed specifically for patients with a BMI between 30 - 40.
Two balloons filled with salt water are temporarily placed inside your stomach and remain in place for six months, helping curb your appetite so you feel satisfied with smaller portions. The balloons are a weight loss jump-start and are only part of the process. You will receive support and personalized coaching to help you achieve your optimal weight and make the changes that will encourage a lifetime of healthy living. Most patients keep the weight off or continue to lose, even after the balloons are removed. If you do not want or do not qualify for surgery, this procedure may be a good option for you.
For information on this option for weight loss, please call 219-836-4900.
Surgical Weight Loss
The highly skilled Healthy 4 Life surgeons have extensive experience with weight loss surgical procedures, more than any other program in Northwest Indiana. As part of your consultation with our surgeons, we will discuss in detail the procedures and recommend the best option for you. All patients are required to attend classes to learn how to manage their diet to prevent difficulties following surgery and to achieve long-term success. Weight loss surgery is not a quick fix; it is a highly effective treatment option.
Here is a brief overview of the surgical weight loss options we offer, all of which can help patients realize a higher energy and activity level, heightened sense of well being, and improvement with weight-related health issues such as Type-2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, joint/back pain, infertility, and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
The LapBand is a soft adjustable device placed on the top part of the stomach and is connected to a port placed under the skin in the left upper abdominal wall. An appropriately adjusted band helps to reduce the amount of food one eats to feel satisfied. On average, Lap-Band patients can see 40-60% excess weight loss. Adjustments of the band are completed with office visits, which are typically covered by insurance.
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric Bypass Surgery is the most commonly performed weight loss surgery. Utilizing six small incisions the surgeons create a small stomach and “re-route” a portion of the intestines. Nothing is removed from the body. The result is that patients eat a smaller amount of food to feel full and what is eaten is not absorbed as efficiently, therefore leading to weight loss. On average, patients can expect to lose 60-70% of their excess weight.
The gastric sleeve procedure is a surgical treatment for obesity that permanently reduces the size of the stomach to help you eat less and feel full faster. With gastric sleeve weight loss surgery, a large portion of the stomach is removed to restrict eating and control hunger while keeping both ends of the stomach intact. It does not involve altering the intestines and does not require an implanted weight loss device. Food moves through the digestive system in the normal manner, greatly reducing the risk of complications and allowing for normal food digestion and absorption
The gastric sleeve procedure can usually be performed using a minimally invasive weight loss surgical approach (laparoscopic), even on very obese patients (BMI greater than 50). During the procedure, the stomach is stapled off along the greater curvature to create a smaller, tube-shaped stomach. Then, the new stomach area is sealed closed with surgical staples and the cutaway portion of the stomach is removed from the body.
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