The newly renamed Center for Bariatric Surgery at Methodist Hospitals provides the highest quality of care – care that is found in a university hospital setting, but in a hospital close to home.
“The tools I developed during my fellowship in Bariatric Surgery at Indiana University have enabled me to bring the latest advancements in the field of bariatric surgery to the Center,” said Dr. James Siatras, Director of Bariatric Surgery.
The Center provides a comprehensive array of services for people seeking surgical weight loss solutions. Laparoscopic procedures offered include Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass, and Adjustable Gastric Band. Bariatric program components also include pre-operative psychological counseling and monthly support groups.
Patients are encouraged to attend one of the Center’s free regularly scheduled seminars. There, they receive a complete overview of the bariatric surgery process. Following the seminar, attendees have the opportunity to talk with Dr. Siatras, and Bariatric Nurse Coordinator, Karen Krutz to schedule pre-surgical consultation.
At the consultation, Dr. Siatras reviews the patient’s health history and discusses surgical options. The patient then meets with the Center’s registered dietitian, Kristina Green, who outlines a pre-surgical weight loss diet. Many insurance companies require three to six months of supervised weight loss prior to surgery.
“Whether their insurance requires it or not, we require at least three months of medically supervised weight loss. This helps patients develop a routine to continue after surgery as they achieve a healthier pre-surgery weight. It makes for a smoother transition, and ultimately a higher success rate,” Siatras said.
“Bariatric surgery is simply a tool in the weight loss process,” Siatras added. “Patients need the proper support as they go through lifestyle changes.”
Dr. Siatras and the specialized staff at the Center for Bariatric Surgery understand that obesity is more than just being overweight. It’s a threat to physical and psycho-social health, increasing the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and more.
“Surgery is the only option that has proven long term success at maintaining weight loss,” Siatras said. “It’s extremely gratifying to offer patients a healthier life through minimally invasive weight loss surgery.” Courtesty of the Times.
Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For You?
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Northwest Indiana Center for Bariatric Surgery at Methodist Hospitals
Southlake Campus, Pavillion A
101 E. 87th Avenue, Suite 430, Merrillville
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