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 |2017-03-19T20:37:55+00:00February 18th, 2014|General|0 Comments

Rex Ryan’s Weight Loss

When New York Jets head coach, Rex Ryan, stepped on a scale back in 2010 he was shocked by the number: 348 pounds. He soon underwent gastric banding (often referred to as the Lap-Band) and two years later he had dropped more than 100 pounds. Ryan says that his motivation for undergoing surgery was to [...]

By |2017-03-19T20:57:47+00:00November 6th, 2013|News/PR|Comments Off on Rex Ryan’s Weight Loss

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 |2017-03-19T21:48:59+00:00June 25th, 2013|General|0 Comments

Chris Christie Chooses Lap Band Surgery

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie revealed that he underwent bariatric surgery in February, keeping his procedure a secret from all but a handful of people until now.  Christie chose gastric band or Lap-Band surgery, and he has reportedly lost at least 40 pounds so far.  Weight loss induced by Lap-Band surgery is more gradual than [...]

By |2017-03-19T21:51:03+00:00May 30th, 2013|News/PR|Comments Off on Chris Christie Chooses Lap Band Surgery

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 |2017-03-19T21:57:18+00:00April 4th, 2013|General|Comments Off on Recipe for Success: Education and Follow-up

Troubling News on Obesity Trends

A troubling report from the Trust for America's Health predicts that if Americans continue with their current eating habits and sedentary lifestyles, more than half the population in 39 states will be obese by 2030.  Currently, the national obesity rate is 36 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Federal health [...]

By |2012-11-21T02:10:12+00:00November 21st, 2012|General|0 Comments

Diabetes Improvement Seen with Lap Band

Reducing Body Mass Index (BMI) can dramatically decrease an obese person's risk of diabetes, regardless of initial weight, according to a new study. Scientists at the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland found that among people with BMI below 35, 35-40 and 40-45 who did not lose weight after two years, the incidence [...]

By |2017-03-19T22:05:18+00:00June 11th, 2012|General|0 Comments

FDA APPROVES EXPANDED USE OF LAP-BAND®

FDA APPROVES EXPANDED USE OF LAP-BAND® ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BANDING SYSTEM FOR OBESE ADULTS Obese Adults with a BMI of 30-40 with at Least One Obesity Related Comorbid Condition Now Qualify for LAP-BAND® System Procedure When All Other Conservative Weight-loss Therapies Have Failed […]

By |2017-03-19T22:43:58+00:00October 23rd, 2011|News/PR|0 Comments