The number of overweight and morbidly obese Americans currently stands at record levels. This increase in obesity in turn has created a population experiencing significant medical issues triggered or made worse by obesity like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and others. To counter and even prevent some of these weight-related problems, St. Bernards created the Center for Weight Loss in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Whether you need to lose 10 pounds or 200, this Arkansas weight loss clinic is the place to start. At the Center for Weight Loss in Jonesboro, Arkansas, we offer a number of options including weight loss surgery and complete non-surgical, medically supervised weight loss and health management program. Only you, together with your weight loss doctor, can decide which weight loss alternative is right for you.
Morbid obesity is a very complex medical disease that has serious economic, social and psychological impact. While being obese is certainly a quality of life issue, it is also the cause of a number of medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea and joint disease. Every day, thousands of people diet and exercise, but may be unable to lose weight permanently. For those weight loss patients that are 100 or more pounds over their ideal body weight, weight loss surgery is becoming recognized as the most effective weight loss treatment.
We use a multi-disciplinary approach to your weight loss program. We have assembled a team of professionals specially trained in weight loss surgery. This includes your weight loss doctors, surgeon, nurses, dieticians, physical therapists, psychological providers, anesthesia providers and weight loss program coordinator as well as many others. All team members work together to provide comprehensive care for the whole person including psychological, nutritional and physical evaluation.
The St Bernards Weight Loss clinic in Arkansas offers continuous support and education before, during and after the weight loss surgery. The St Bernards Weight Loss clinic has dedicated significant resources to ensure a comfortable, successful experience for weight loss patients. We have state of the art surgical equipment and instrumentation in the operating room. Following your weight loss surgery you will recover in specially designed bariatric suites with comfortable size beds and furniture.
If these apply to you, then Weight Loss Surgery may be the right option for your Long Term Weight Loss. When complimented with dietary changes, exercise and counseling Weight Loss Surgery allows our patients to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.
At St Bernards, we perform both Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass and Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. Laparoscopic or Minimally Invasive Surgery has many advantages including:
Interested in learning more? The first step is to attend one of our free informational seminars. Our bariatric surgeon, Dr Willie E. Harper, Jr. will present a program that will cover all the specifics of our program and the weight loss surgeries we offer.
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Our Bariatric Team is led by Dr. Willie Harper, Jr.
Sleeve Gastrectomy is a weight loss surgery performed by making small incisions in the abdomen through which a small camera and medical instruments are passed. The bariatric surgeon will then remove about 75% of the stomach leaving a long banana shaped sleeve that hold far less food. This weight loss surgery procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach which restricts the amount of food you will be able to eat. Most patients have good weight loss and improvement or resolution of their co-morbid conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea.
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass is a weight loss surgery performed by making small incisions in the abdomen through which a small camera and medical instruments are passed. The surgeon will then cut away approximately 85% of the stomach and what is left is a stomach pouch that is roughly the size of a golf ball and holds little food. The restriction this causes means you will not be able to eat as much as before. The portion of the stomach that is cut away remains in the abdomen and remains connected to the small intestine but no longer accepts food. The second part of this weight loss procedure bypasses a portion of the small intestine which allows fewer calories to be absorbed through the intestinal wall, further contributing to weight loss. Most patients have good weight loss and improvement or resolution of their co-morbid conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea.
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