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CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital now performing weight loss surgery

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital is now performing Bariatric Lap Band Surgery, a surgical option to weight loss. Dr. Ricardo Bonnor, one of the surgeons performing the surgery, is fellowship trained in gastrointestinal laparoscopy and bariatric surgery from Duke University.

“We have seen the Lap Band Surgery change people’s quality of life,” says Dr. Ricardo Bonnor. “This is not only a surgery, but a lifestyle change. People are given more control to make better food choices. We are there for our patients through the whole process, beginning, during and after. This allows them to be successful.”

Obesity is the second leading preventable cause of death in the United States, second to smoking. Millions of Americans are affected by obesity. With one in three Americans being obese, and an estimated 300,000 deaths per year due to obesity related illnesses, weight loss surgeries are becoming more widely recognized as a viable solution to weight loss.

The Lap-Band System is a silicone ring designed to be placed around the upper part of the stomach and filled with saline on its inner surface. This creates a new, smaller stomach pouch that can hold only a small amount of food, so the food storage area in the stomach is reduced. The band also controls the stomach outlet between the new upper pouch and the lower part of the stomach. When the stomach is smaller, you feel full faster, while the food moves more slowly between your upper and lower stomach as it is digested. As a result, you eat less and lose weight.

The Lap-Band System is considered the safest, least invasive and least traumatic of all weight-loss surgeries. This type of approach to surgery also has the advantages of reduced post-operative pain, shortened hospital stay, and quicker recovery. It supports pregnancy by allowing stomach outlet size to be opened to accommodate increased nutritional needs, and can be removed at any time, generally restoring the stomach and other anatomy to their original form. Patients typically lose 50% to 60% of their excess body weight after the procedure.