Why Surgery Should Not be a Last Resort

Bariatric surgery has been proven to be a safe and effective obesity treatment, with the ability to improve many obesity-related health conditions. Healthcare professionals and patients who have benefited from this medical treatment know its value. Yet, bariatric surgery is often viewed as a “last resort”.  Why is this? A new editorial in the medical [...]

By | February 18th, 2014|General|0 Comments

Changes May Increase Access to Bariatric Surgery

Dr Shayani wrote an article explaining the increased access to bariatric surgery, and its relation to the Affordable Care Act. The article was published in the SouthTown Star, and has been reprinted here. Please contact Dr Shayani if you have any questions about bariatric surgery. Changes pave way for increased access to bariatric surgery Bariatric, [...]

By | January 9th, 2014|General|0 Comments

Weight Loss “Aids” – Beware of This Common Fraud

It's early January, and for many people that means a New Year's Resolution to lose weight. Unfortunately, it also means many advertisers aggressively promoting products that seem "too good to be true".  In most cases - too good to be true is exactly that: not true. Popular ones you may have seen are the ads [...]

By | January 8th, 2014|General|0 Comments

Gastric Sleeve – Bariatric Institute of Chicago

The gastric sleeve, or sleeve gastrectomy, is a procedure that we are asked about sometimes. It is a newer weight loss surgery option, and one that Dr Shayani has given serious consideration to offering at his Chicago practice. Dr Shayani has answered some FAQ's about the gastric sleeve here. Why do you favor gastric banding [...]

By | September 28th, 2013|General|Comments Off on Gastric Sleeve – Bariatric Institute of Chicago

Obesity Trends Seen as Early as Two Months Old

A new study and article discuss data that shows a link between an infant's height:weight ratio, and future obesity. Dr Shayani was interviewed for the article and explained, "In the fight against obesity, every little bit counts. The authors have suggested that as early as 2 months of age, clinicians might be able to predict [...]

By | August 28th, 2013|General|0 Comments

Study: Lap Band for Lower BMI Patients

A new study added to the evidence that Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap-Band) is safe and effective for people with less severe obesity (BMI 30-39.9), with weight loss and  improvement in obesity-related conditions through at least 2 years. Led by Dr. Robert Michaelson, bariatric surgeon at Northwest Weight Loss Surgery, the study involved 149 patients: [...]

By | June 25th, 2013|General|0 Comments

Recipe for Success: Education and Follow-up

At the Bariatric Institute of Greater Chicago, we've always believed that patient education and post-surgery follow-up are important components of successful, long-term weight loss with gastric banding (commonly knows as the Lap-Band system).  Achieving and maintaining significant weight loss after banding requires patients to commit to making healthy lifestyle choices. For our part, our dedicated [...]

By | April 4th, 2013|General|Comments Off on Recipe for Success: Education and Follow-up

Weight Loss Myths from a New Report

At the Bariatric Institute of Greater Chicago, our patients often come to us seeking gastric band surgery (commonly known as a Lap-Band), after trying a multitude of diets and receiving countless weight loss tips. Unfortunately, there are many prevalent myths about weight loss and obesity, and these myths can sabotage even the most dedicated dieter. [...]

By | February 23rd, 2013|General|Comments Off on Weight Loss Myths from a New Report

Lap Band Shows Beneficial Metabolic Effects

A new study found that weight loss from bariatric surgery, not the type of surgical procedure used, is responsible for improvement of metabolic responses in obese, insulin resistant, nondiabetic patients. This is exciting news for patients interested in the gastric banding procedure. Researchers examined the metabolic effects of 20 percent weight loss induced by either [...]

By | January 14th, 2013|General|0 Comments