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Bariatric Surgery

 

St. Charles Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of two renowned bariatric surgeons to the medical staff

Bariatric Surgery garberShawn M. Garber MD, FACS, FASMBS
Shawn Garber, MD, has performed more than 3,500 gastric bypass surgeries and more than 3,000 adjustable gastric band procedures and over 300 laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy procedures. He developed the Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) procedure for gastric banding and gastric sleeve gastrectomy and is the first surgeon on Long Island to utilize these procedures.  Dr. Garber’s bariatric program was ranked in the top 5% of all bariatric programs in the U.S by HealthGrades™ for the past 6 years in a row.  He is a featured expert on TV programs such as ABC News, NBC News and has been on many talk shows discussing obesity surgery including the Dr. Oz Show and the Montel Williams Show.  In addition, the New York Times, New York Magazine and Newsday named him as one of the top bariatric surgeons in the New York area. Dr. Garber lectures and teaches surgeons across the United States on the SILS Adjustable Gastric Banding and sleeve gastrectomy procedures.


Bariatric Surgery AngstadtJohn D. Angstadt, MD, FACS, FASMBS
John Angstadt, MD, has performed more than 850 weight loss procedures including 400 gastric bypass, 340 adjustable gastric banding and 110 sleeve gastrectomy and has extensive experience in advanced minimally invasive surgery.  Dr. Angstadt trained with Robert Marema, MD, a renowned bariatric surgeon in South Florida.  He has been featured on television and speaks regularly on issues concerning the management of obesity. Prior to joining New York Bariatric Group, Dr. Angstadt founded and developed the only bariatric surgery program in South Georgia.  His efforts took the  program to certification as a Center of Excellence by the Surgical Review Corporation.

 

 

VIRTUALLY SCARLESS WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY HAS ARRIVED AT ST. CHARLES
Imagine, weight loss surgery without a visible scar!  Not only is it possible, it’s available at St. Charles Hospital.  Single-incision Lap-Band (laparoscopic gastric banding) and gastric sleeve gastrectomy are advanced minimally invasive approaches for weight loss surgery in which surgeons operate exclusively via a single entry point through the “belly button.”  Known as Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS), for gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy, surgeons create just one small opening through the navel rather than the five small incisions required for traditional laparoscopic surgery.  The benefit for patients is less discomfort, faster recovery and a single scar that is hidden in the navel.

“SILS is an important new option that holds the potential of less pain, fewer scars and faster recovery,” explained Shawn Garber, MD, FACS, FASMBS, director, New York Bariatric Group and a bariatric surgeon at St. Charles. “Most patients report that they hardly notice the single incision hidden in the belly button.”

Surgeons at St. Charles offer both Laparoscopic Banding (Adjustable Gastric Band), Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass (also referred to as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass), which is considered the “gold standard” of modern obesity surgery, and sleeve gastrectomy. These procedures are performed using state-of-the-art laparoscopic techniques with smaller incisions, less post-surgery pain, less time in the hospital, and a faster recovery.
Studies show that the health benefits of weight loss for morbidly obese individuals are enormous.  Considerable weight loss not only reduces the risk of serious disease but can actually reverse some conditions as follows:
•    80 percent of non-insulin dependent diabetics are no longer diabetic
•    High blood pressure is resolved in nearly 50 percent of patients who lose weight
•    Majority of patients with sleep apnea no longer have disrupted breathing at night
•    Acid reflux and heartburn can be resolved
•    Improvement in shortness of breath, circulation and mobility
•    Improvement in joint, back and arthritic pain

In order to be considered for bariatric surgery individuals must:
•    be between the ages of 18 and 64
•    at least 50 lbs overweight
•    have tried dieting, medication, and other means of weight loss without success
•    able to participate in long-term care follow-up

St. Charles Hospital offers monthly education and informational presentations for individuals who are considering bariatric surgery.  For more information on SILS or other bariatric surgery options, please call (631) 474-6797 or visit www.stcharles.org.

Meet Lisa – After successful weight-loss surgery, she lost 133 lbs!

Lisa's Story
Total Weight Lost: 133 lbs  Pre-surgery BMI: 44    Current BMI: 23
Before I had my surgery, my life was extremely unfulfilling.  I was so uncomfortable with myself and my appearance I choose not to attend many functions and activities. I was unable to keep up with my children, my friends and my family. Performing everyday tasks such as laundry, emptying the dishwasher and even getting dressed became burdensome. My life now is so much more complete then before. I am able to do all of the things I had dreamed of.  I can walk and climb stairs without getting winded, I can fit in an airplane and theater seat comfortably, and I am not in constant pain. Dr. Shawn Garber is not only a highly skilled surgeon; he is also a kind, caring and compassionate person.  His calming and confident personality really helped put me at ease throughout the entire surgery process. There is only one word to describe the staff - AWESOME! Everyone is knowledgeable, helpful, patient and extremely caring.
The benefits of weight loss surgery are numerous and often times, dramatic.  With patients losing up to 75 to 80% of their excess body weight, serious medical issues are often times resolved.  Patients with hypertension and type II non-insulin dependent diabetes are able to come off medication while conditions such as sleep apnea, asthma, reflux, shortness of breath and joint pain are greatly improved, if not completely resolved.  There is also a significant improvement in quality of life and lifespan, as morbid obesity can reduce lifespan as much as 20 percent.

Today, advanced minimally invasive techniques include single-incision Lap-Band (laparoscopic gastric banding) in which surgeons operate exclusively via a single entry point through the “belly button.”  Known as Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS), for gastric banding, surgeons create just one small opening through the navel rather than the five small incisions required for traditional laparoscopic surgery.  The benefit for patients is less discomfort, faster recovery and a single scar that is hidden in the navel.

“SILS is an important new option that holds the potential of less pain, fewer scars and faster recovery,” explained Shawn Garber, MD, FACS, FASMBS, director, New York Bariatric Group and a bariatric surgeon at St. Charles. “Most patients report that they hardly notice the single incision hidden in the belly button.”
Surgeons at St. Charles offer both Laparoscopic Banding (Adjustable Gastric Band), Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass (also referred to as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass), which is considered the “gold standard” of modern obesity surgery, and sleeve gastrectomy. Both procedures are performed using state-of-the-art laparoscopic techniques with smaller incisions, less post-surgery pain, less time in the hospital, and a faster recovery.

Lisa Before  Lisa After

For more information on weight-loss surgery at St. Charles, please call (631) 474-6797.