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Weight-Loss Surgery

Weight-Loss Program

woman measuring her waste Are you struggling with excess weight, or know someone who is? Being overweight often leads to health conditions that make many daily activities difficult. The decision to have weight loss surgery, also called Bariatric surgery, is the first step in a journey toward wellness and a healthy, more active life. Bariatric surgery is the only treatment for obesity that has proven successful in helping people to lose weight and keep it off. Suburban Community Hospital offers a highly respected, comprehensive bariatric program where your safety, well-being and long term success are of upmost importance.

Meet Our Bariatric Surgeon; Keith Kreitz, MD, Board-Certified General and Bariatric Surgeon

Director Bariatric Surgery Program

Dr. KreitzDr. Kreitz has performed over 700 bariatric procedures including the Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Adjustable Gastric Band and Revision surgeries. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgeons, and a member of the American Medical Society, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Kreitz attended MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine and completed his medical training @ Lehigh Valley Hospital where he served as Chief Resident in Surgery. He is trained in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Dr. Kreitz is passionate and dedicated to the success of all of his bariatric patients, using minimally invasive surgical techniques to ensure the best possible outcomes. His complication rate is well below the national average. Dr. Kreitz provides personalized care to each of his patients and has received outstanding patient satisfaction ratings. He closely monitors his patients before and after surgery, and is available to them for follow up care lifelong.

When choosing a surgical weight loss program, consider the following services we offer:

  • Experienced minimally invasive bariatric surgeon
  • Private spacious Bariatric rooms with specially trained nurses
  • Bariatric Nurse Navigator to guide you through entire process, before and after surgery process
  • Comprehensive nutrition education program with follow up through 1st year post surgery
  • Day and evening monthly support group meetings for all patients, lifelong
  • Free Information Session (not required to attend before your consultation visit)
  • Consultation appointment with surgeon generally scheduled within two to three weeks of calling
  • Tentative surgery date is scheduled when you come in for your initial consultation
  • No program fee
  • Lifetime follow-up care

Do I qualify for weight-loss procedures?

You may be eligible for weight-loss surgery if:

  • You weigh about 100 pounds above your ideal weight
  • You have a Body Mass Index of 40 or more To determine your BMI click here
  • You have a body mass index of 35-40 with one or more serious obesity related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, coronary artery disease, joint pain
  • You have been unable to lose weight by dieting, exercise and/or behavior modification programs
  • You are at least 18 years of age

What procedures are offered?

Suburban Community Hospital currently offers the following surgical weight loss procedures:

Roux -en-Y Gastric Bypass

The gastric bypass is the most common weight loss procedure performed in the United States today. Statistically, patients tend to lose the most weight with this procedure. It also may help to resolve diabetes more effectively than other techniques. In this procedure, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch that significantly reduces the size of the stomach and the amount of food that it can hold at a time. The pouch is surgically attached to the middle portion of the small intestine called the jejunum, thus bypassing the rest of the stomach and the upper part of the intestine (duodenum). The small pouch helps patients feel full on a much smaller amount of food. Food bypasses the duodenum and is digested in the middle and lower intestine which greatly decreases the amount of calories that are absorbed.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

The sleeve gastrectomy, like the gastric bypass, greatly decreases the size of the stomach and the amount of food that can be eaten at a time. In this procedure, the surgeon removes a large part of the stomach, leaving a thin, vertical sleeve shaped stomach. This smaller stomach is about the size of a banana and can hold about one-tenth the amount of food a normal stomach can hold. There is no interruption of the intestines with this procedure. Food passes through the digestive track in the usual way. Research has shown that the hunger-producing hormone Ghrelin is significantly reduced when the stomach is removed. Therefore, patients feel less hungry with the sleeve gastrectomy.

Adjustable Gastric Band

The gastric band (Lapband or Realize Band) is a silicone band that is surgically positioned around the upper portion of the stomach, much like a belt, to create a small stomach pouch. There is no stapling, cutting, or re-routing of the intestines. A feeling of fullness occurs with a very small amount of food. A small port, connected to the band is implanted into the abdominal wall, beneath the skin. The band can be tightened to slow the passage of food by injecting the port with a small amount of fluid. This is called a band fill. Sequential fills are required over time to assist with a feeling of fullness and ongoing weight loss.

During your initial consultation, your surgeon will review your medical history, explain the different surgical options and discuss which procedure would be most appropriate for you. These procedures are performed laparoscopically which means tiny incisions, less complications, less pain and a quicker recovery. Our surgeon is also able to perform many of these procedures utilizing the most technologically advanced DaVincci Robot.

To Learn More About Bariatric Surgery:

Why not join us for a free Information Session? We meet the first Monday of each month @ Suburban Community Hospital, in the Cancer Center Conference Room at 6pm. You do not need to register for this session. Please feel free to bring a family member or friend.

If you prefer to make a consultation appointment with our surgeon, Dr. Keith Kreitz, to discuss bariatric surgery, before attending an information session, contact Suburban Surgical @ 610-277-6131.

Our nurse navigator, Terri Frank, RN would be happy to talk with you regarding any questions or concerns at any time. Feel free to contact her @ 610-277-6131 or email @ tfrank@mercyhealth.org

What questions should I ask when choosing a bariatric surgeon?

When looking for the right bariatric surgeon for you, it may be helpful to ask questions such as:

  • How many years have you been in bariatric practice?
  • How many bariatric cases have you performed?
  • Are you fully trained and dedicated to bariatric surgery?
  • What is your complication rate?
  • What is your mortality rate?
  • What is the average weight loss of your patients?
  • Do you patients maintain weight loss?
  • What are the hospital's qualifications?
  • What are the risks