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Weight Loss Surgery

Individuals who are more than 100 pounds overweight have often tried dieting, exercise and pills, and still the pounds accumulate. Excess weight can affect nearly everybody function, from shortness of breath, to heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, cancer and many other conditions. It can be a significant factor in type 2 diabetes and often limits the activities in which individuals can participate.

Now, the Center for Surgical Weight Management at Good Samaritan Hospital has help: laparoscopic gastric banding and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. These minimally-invasive  surgeries dramatically reduce the amount of food the stomach can hold. These procedures, combined with a fitness program and dietary guidelines— help individuals reach their weight loss goals safely and effectively.

To qualify, you must be 19 or older, 100 pounds or more above your ideal weight and have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above, or have a BMI of 35 or above combined with other conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease.

The program is designed for long-term success. Participants are supported and coached through a psychological evaluation, physical fitness program, dietary guidelines and multiyear follow-up. Weight loss surgery is significantly more successful than diet and exercise alone – 30 percent of those who undergo the procedure are able to lose half to three quarters of their excess weight and maintain it.

Since 1924, Good Samaritan Hospital has sought out the best, most up-to-date treatments and technology to keep our neighbors in central Nebraska and northern Kansas healthy.  

Want to learn more? Call 865-2141 to register for a free seminar with Jeffrey Merz, MD