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Treatment options

Nonsurgical weight loss

Our nonsurgical weight-loss management program is designed to provide you with the resources necessary to achieve your weight-loss goals, including nutrition counseling, dietary classes and exercise management. You will be introduced to methods to help you develop healthier behaviors, identify your individual triggers and make healthy lifestyle choices. Together we will create a solution that is right for you.

Surgical procedures we offer

Gastric bypass

The first gastric bypass procedure was performed in 1967, making it the oldest and most chosen bariatric surgery procedure in America. Today, more than 140,000 gastric bypass procedures are performed in the U.S. every year. Gastric bypass surgery reduces the size of the stomach and reroutes a small portion of the small intestine so you feel full after eating only a small amount of food and absorb less calories. This procedure has proven to be highly successful and is known for its long-term effectiveness n maintaining weight loss.

Gastric banding

Gastric banding is a minimally invasive weight-loss surgical option available at Great Plains Health.

During the procedure a gastric band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach. The side of the band that fits against the stomach is lined with a soft balloon. After the gastric banding surgery, saline (a safe fluid) is delivered into the balloon to control the band tightness. The degree of band tightness affects how much food you can eat during a meal and the length of time it takes for food to empty from the upper pouch. When the band is adjusted to the proper tightness, you'll feel full sooner and stay fuller longer. As the band helps you eat less food, your body will stop storing excess calories and start using its fat supply for energy. This starts the weight-loss process.

This procedure allows for the lowest rate of complications and has an excess weight loss of 42 percent at one year.

Gastric sleeve

During the procedure, approximately 2/3 of the stomach is removed laparoscopically. This is a restrictive procedure like the gastric band but does not require an implanted device and does not require any adjustments like the gastric band. Food digests just like it normally would. This allows for normal absorption of vitamins and minerals.

Advantages include:

  • No implanted device.
  • No adjustments needed.
  • No small bowel involvement or changes.
  • Normal digestion—just a smaller stomach so you'll fill up quicker.

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