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Black Hills Surgical Hospital | 216 Anamaria Drive | Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
Phone: (605) 721-4700 | Toll Free: 1 (800) 818-1890 | Fax: (605) 721-4708

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    About Our Weight Loss Surgery Program Bariatric

Many people struggle with obesity. Excess body fat can lead to a number of health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, back pain, chronic acid reflux, cancer and many other conditions. If this is an issue for you, there's help available here at Black Hills Surgical Hospital.

Each program is customized to meet your individual needs. We offer three surgical weight loss options, which are proven methods to help patients lose weight. In fact, recent research shows a 35% lower risk of dying early among obese people who undergo stomach surgery to lose weight. Of course, surgery alone isn't enough. Because this is a decision that will impact the rest of your life, we'll provide extensive pre-op education, nutritional education, counseling, physical therapy, long term follow-up and support groups-everything you need to achieve your weight loss goals.

You can feel confident that throughout every phase of the program we'll treat you with the compassion and dignity you deserve.

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Who's a Candidate For Surgery?
Your body mass index (BMI) score is the most accurate way to determine if bariatric surgery is a suitable option for you. A BMI of 35 or above meets the World Health Organization and National Institutes of Health's definition of obesity and may qualify you for surgery.

Go to this link for a BMI calculator.

What Surgeries Do we Offer?

Lap-Band Procedure
Lap Band The Lap-Band surgery procedure places an inflatable and adjustable band around the upper portion of your stomach, to restrict the amount of food you can consume. This device is placed laparoscopically. A small port is placed under the skin and a thin tube connects the port to the inflatable band.

You will be required to periodic follow-ups for adjustments to the band, as you lose weight, to help curb hunger feeling. The device is inflated to restrict drainage of food from the small pouch. These adjustments are usually performed during a short office visit with little discomfort. The band is placed on an outpatient basis with most patients returning to work within one week.

Gastric Sleeve Procedure
Gastric Sleeve The Sleeve Gastrectomy (vertical gastrectomy, gastroplasty) is perhaps the latest surgical option for weight loss. It is a restrictive surgery that facilitates weight loss by reducing the amount of food a person can eat at one time. The "sleeve" is the stomach portion of the procedure where 85% of the stomach is removed and the remaining portion is in the shape of a shirt sleeve-hence its name.

Since this operation does not involve any "rerouting" or reconnecting the intestines, it is a simpler operation than the gastric bypass or the duodenal switch. Unlike the Lap-Band procedure, the Sleeve Gastrectomy does not require the implantation of an artificial device. Also unlike the Lap-Band, the Sleeve Gastrectomy cannot be reversed. If for some reason the Sleeve Gastrectomy is not "aggressive" enough, typically for those with BMI>50, it can simply be converted to either a Gastric Bypass-why have the addition risks of intestinal surgery if you don't need to? This procedure is typically preformed laparoscopically with a 1 day hospital stay. Most patients will return to work with in two weeks.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y (roo-en-why) Gastric Bypass surgery uses staples to divide the stomach into two parts, a small upper pouch and a larger, lower section. The small upper pouch, which is the size of a golf ball (about half an ounce), will become the only part of your stomach to receive food.

The surgeon will attach a segment of your small intestine to the small pouch, effectively bypassing the larger section of your stomach. All though food does not enter the larger section of stomach, it still participates in the digestive process by secreting the stomach juices that combine with food during digestion. This procedure is typically preformed laparoscopically with a 1 day hospital stay. Most patients will return to work with in two weeks.


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Life After Surgery
Patients who undergo bariatric treatment can lose as much as 75% of their excess body weight. There are other positive outcomes that often include the resolution of diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea as well as improved self-image and quality of life. With surgery, you'll feel more satisfied after a smaller meal, enhancing your sense of control over your diet and health related issues. Just think more activities, more energy and improved health-this is just the beginning of your new life.

Why Black Hills Surgical Hospital?

  • Low infection and complication rates
  • Rated 91% by Medicare patients in an independent survey
  • Highly skilled, specialized and committed staff
  • 1 nurse to 3 patients ratio-highest in the area
  • First-rate amenities including quiet and private recovery rooms, attentive hospitality staff, wireless internet and much more!

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