BPD/DS

The BPD-DS procedure includes a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, which reduces the stomach along the lesser curve of the stomach, effectively restricting its capacity thereby limiting food intake.

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GASTRIC BYPASS

A small pouch is formed from the top part of the stomach and a portion of the small intestine is bypassed. This way weight loss is achieved in two ways, through restriction of the amount of food one can eat and through decreased absorption of calories.

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Sleeve Gastrectomy

The sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure that causes weight loss by reducing the size of the stomach to initially hold about three ounces. Seventy-five to 80 percent of the stomach is surgically removed; there is no re-routing of intestines.

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Gastric Band

A silicone band is placed around the top of the stomach forming a small pouch and a small opening for food to pass through. This pouch will restrict the amount of food one is able to eat.

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About Leonardo Claros, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Claros serves as the Section Chief of Bariatric Surgery and also as the Medical Director for the Weight Management Center at Saint Luke’s University Health Network a designated Bariatric Center of Excellence by the MBSAQIP (Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program) in the Lehigh Valley, PA.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS), a designated bariatric surgery center of excellence surgeon and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS).

Currently, Dr. Claros has performed over 3,000 bariatric cases with excellent results that rank him consistently among the best surgeons in the country.[READ MORE]

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Our Hospital

St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a non-profit, regional, fully integrated, nationally recognized Network providing services at more than 200 sites, primarily in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and in Warren County, New Jersey.

Key Network indicators include:

  • 54,000+ annual admissions
  • 194,000 annual emergency room visits
  • 9,590+ employees (the region’s second largest employer)
  • 1,299 physicians (representing more than 90 specialties; 92 percent board certified)
  • 1,500+ volunteers

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Procedures

Laparoscopic Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass

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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

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Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

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Laparoscopic Bilio Pancreatic Diversion with duodenal switch

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Success stories

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    Phedra

    Down 93 pounds
with the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Growing up, and maxing out at a statuesque 5’0”, there was never anywhere for the extra pounds to hide. To say that I have tried every weight loss program and diet in the book is an understatement. Once I started exploring weight loss surgery and attended the info seminar at St. Luke’s, I...[ read more ]

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    Mikki

    Down over 200 pounds with the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. After years of yo-yo dieting I was desperate to find something to help save my life. At 25 years old and nearly 400 pounds, I could not run or play with my two-year-old son. My family doctor told me I would be lucky to see my 30th birthday. I did some...[ read more ]

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    Michelle

    Down 100 pounds
with the Robotically-assisted Gastric Bypass. Like many people, I’ve battled with my weight all my life. I always felt like a failure because I couldn’t control this one area of my life. I was aware of weight loss surgery, but wasn’t sure if I was “fat enough.” I suppose I was in denial about just how heavy I...[ read more ]

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    Mary Lizzie

    Down over 50 lbs with the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. It was important to me to have an experienced surgeon and a program that had all the resources I knew I would need. Before my surgery I discussed it with my husband, my son and my team at work and they were very supportive. My husband told me “If it will...[ read more ]

Check your BMI

 

What does your number mean?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify underweight, overweight and obesity in adults.

BMI values are age-independent and the same for both sexes.
The health risks associated with increasing BMI are continuous and the interpretation of BMI gradings in relation to risk may differ for different populations.

As of today if your BMI is at least 35 to 39.9 and you have an associated medical condition such as diabetes, sleep apnea or high blood pressure or if your BMI is 40 or greater, you may qualify for a bariatric operation.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Claros.

< 18.5 Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 Normal Weight
25 – 29.9 Overweight
30 – 34.9 Class I Obesity
35 – 39.9 Class II Obesity
≥ 40 Class III Obesity (Morbid)