About Louisiana Center for Weight Loss SurgeryThe ONLY Total Lifestyle Care™ Program in Northeast Louisiana!
The simple truths about bariatric or weight loss surgery.
- Only patients considered morbidly obese (a body mass greater than 40) or those with debilitating co-morbidities are candidates for bariatric surgery.
- Surgical options are a last resort for morbidly obese patients.
- Bariatric surgery is not a quick fix. Surgery is most effective when paired with lifestyle changes in diet and exercise.
- According to the National Institutes of Health, bariatric surgery is the only effective therapy for morbid obesity and its complications.
- While complications are possible in any surgery, the rate of complications from surgery at an ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence is extremely low – less than one percent.
The ONLY Total Lifestyle Care™ Program in Northeast Louisiana!
If you are 100 pounds or more over your ideal weight, you suffer from morbid obesity, the fastest growing health threat in America. Not only does being overweight define your life, determining what you can and cannot do, it’s likely that your previous efforts to lose weight have ended in frustration and discouragement as the unwanted pounds returned. You may already be aware of the ways being overweight threatens your health. Although diet, exercise and lifestyle changes are preferred choices for arriving at a healthy weight, there are some people for whom weight loss surgery is the answer.
The Louisiana Center for Weight Loss Surgery offers the only Total Lifestyle Care surgery program for obese patients in Northeastern Louisiana. Gastric Bypass and the less invasive Gastric Banding surgery, the two forms of bariatric weight loss surgery offered by LCWLS, have helped many morbidly obese individuals build a foundation for a new life. Weight loss surgery, although an important step, is only a tool for weight loss. Surgery provides the optimum results when it’s part of a comprehensive program involving a team of professionals – the surgeon, nutritionists and lifestyle counselors.
That’s what the newly formed Louisiana Center for Weight Loss Surgery offers to qualified obese patients in our region. LCWLS is a partnership of well-established local health-care providers who will stay with you through surgery, recovery and the important post-operative phase while you are adapting to the changes in your body and learning to apply healthy habits in your daily life.
Bariatric Surgeon Walter Sartor helped form the Louisiana Center for Weight Loss Surgery after becoming aware of obese patients in this region who would benefit from a safe comprehensive program right here at home, eliminating the need for travel and making important follow-up care more convenient for patients and their families.
The LCWLS is committed to providing a safe environment for its patients with meticulous performance of the appropriate surgical procedures and the follow-up care and professional support needed to achieve optimum benefits. No surgery is risk-free. Post-operative care includes detecting and treating any possible complications. You will lose weight over the 12 to 36 months after surgery. To make the most of and maintain the benefits from surgery, you will need to learn and apply new, healthier eating patterns and incorporate exercise into your daily life. The LCWLS’s Total Lifestyle Care offers nutritional and lifestyle counseling and support groups of other bariatric patients to help you with these life-changing transitions.
As you consider whether bariatric surgery is for you, become an informed patient. The LCWSL staff wants you to carefully consider the risks and benefits of the surgery, to understand the procedures and know what to expect before and after surgery. Our Web site is intended to answer some of the frequently asked questions about bariatric surgery and the LCWLS.
We invite you to explore the possibilities of stepping into a healthier, happier you achieved in an environment that is safe, recognized and right here at home.
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