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Meet Shawn

Meet Shawn

Before his weight loss surgery, Shawn wore plenty of hats: mental health professional. Father of five boys. Devoted husband. Football coach. His life was moving fast—but at 288 pounds, issues like sleep apnea, lagging energy, and breathing problems were forcing him to slow down. Word of mouth and the desire to change for the better led him to the weight loss program at Buffalo General. With the support of his team there, he made the decision to have gastric sleeve surgery. In the time since, he'll be the first to tell you he's proud to live his life now as a new person at 190 pounds—with more energy to enjoy his work, family, and coaching responsibilities.

Weight Loss Surgery at
Buffalo General Medical Center

The Kaleida Health Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery features a number of programs—including the bariatric (weight loss) program, which works with patients who are significantly overweight, offering surgical options to lose weight and have fuller, healthier lives. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists, including surgeons, registered nurses, registered dieticians and physical therapists, get to know their patients to understand their unique needs and concerns.

The effects of surgery can be remarkable, including:

  • Loss of excess weight
  • Improved quality of life
  • Reduction of risk for:
    • Diabetes
    • Obstructive sleep apnea
    • Elevated cholesterol levels

Weight loss procedures and recovery:

Laparoscopic Adjustable Banding Procedure

A hollow band is placed around the stomach near its upper end, creating a small pouch. This causes a feeling of fullness and keeps the stomach full for a longer period of time.

Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass Procedure

Staples are used to create a stomach pouch out of a small portion of the stomach, which then goes directly to the small intestine. This pouch is too small to hold large amounts of food, and bypassing the duodenum reduces fat and calorie absorption.

Sleeve Gastrecomy

The procedure that Shawn chose, sleeve gastrectomy, is a relatively new approach that involves removing 85% percent of the stomach, transforming the stomach into a small, tube shape.

No matter what procedure patients and their care team choose, most patients are in the hospital for one to two days and are able to drive after 10 days. Many are able to go back to work after two weeks.

Accredited as Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®)