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FAQ

What bariatric procedures are offered at Memorial Medical Center?

  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAP-BAND)
    The LAP-BAND works by limiting the amount of food that can be eaten at a sitting.
  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (gastric bypass)
    The gastric bypass limits the amount of food consumed at a sitting AND limits the amount of calories that can be absorbed into the body.
  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
    The gastric sleeve is a restrictive procedure. The stomach is restricted by stapling and dividing it vertically. The portion of the stomach that receives food is shaped like a very slim banana (or sleeve).
  • More about bariatric procedures...

How effective is bariatric surgery?

  • "Only surgery has proven effective over the long term for most patients with clinically severe obesity."
    Quote from the National Institute of Health Consensus Conference Statement, 1991
  • Other conditions such as high blood pressure, Type II diabetes, and sleep apnea typically improve or resolve.
  • Health status and quality of life are usually improved with dramatic, sustained weight loss.
  • Most patients report increased physical activity levels, and heightened enjoyment of family and social life.

What are the risks?

  • Any procedure can pose some risk for complications, and one must carefully consider the potential for good results against the risks.
  • With any bariatric surgery, close medical follow-up, including monitoring of nutritional status, will be a life-long requirement.
  • Your surgeon and primary care physician will discuss the potential risk of these procedures with you to ensure you understand and accept those potential risks.

How do I get started in the bariatric surgery program?

  1. Register for our online orientation.
    • Complete register form. Our office will review and contact you with instructions for online orientation.
    • Call Memorial Bariatric Services. If you are in central Illinois, call us at 217-788-3948. Or, reach us toll free at 866-205-7915.
  2. We encourage you to discuss your interest in weight-loss surgery with your primary health care provider and with any other health care providers you see.
  3. You should also check your insurance plan for coverage of morbid obesity surgery prior to attending the informational seminar.