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If weight loss surgery is right for you, choosing a surgeon is not a decision you should take lightly. The Surgeons Group of Baton Rouge stands poised to be a partner in your weight-loss journey and has the expertise and advanced surgical technique to help turn the cycle of dieting and regaining into permanent scale victories and drastically improved health. Our center is located in Baton Rouge Louisiana at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, an accredited Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, and operated by bariatric professionals who specialize in minimally invasive techniques that offer fewer risks and faster recovery times than open surgical procedures.
Our doctors are among the leading surgeons in laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic surgery uses small incisions to complete complicated medical procedures.
Why Weight Loss Surgery?
The goal of weight loss surgery is to live a better, healthier and longer life. But it is major surgery, and the decision to have it should only be made after careful consideration and consultation with your family physician and one of our specially trained and experienced Bariatric surgeons. They will answer your questions clearly and explain the exact details of the surgical options, the extent of the recovery period and the reality of the follow-up care required. They may, as part of your routine evaluation, require that you consult with one of our dietitian/nutrition specialists and a psychiatrist/therapist so you have a clear understanding of the post-operative changes in behavior that are essential for long-term success.
It is important to remember that there are no ironclad guarantees and some of the challenges facing a person after weight loss surgery can be unexpected. To help you achieve your goals and deal with the changes surgery and weight loss can bring, we offer continuing care with follow up appointments, nutrition counseling, diabetes management and monthly support groups.
In the end, the decision to have the procedure is entirely yours and only you can decide if the benefits outweigh the potential risks. Our Team is committed to providing support each step of the way, but the surgery is only a tool – long-term success depends on strict adherence to the recommended dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes. Because ultimately, weight loss surgery can only succeed if you make a lifelong commitment.
Our Weight Loss Team
Karl A. LeBlanc, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.
Dr. LeBlanc has been in practice in Baton Rouge since 1984 and is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery. He is a Master Surgeon of Laparoscopic Surgery
Dr. LeBlanc graduated from the Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, and underwent his internship and residency at the same location. He also received his Masters of Business Administration from Louisiana State University in 1992.
Dr. LeBlanc is currently a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Society for Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, and is one of the founding members of the American Hernia Society. He has been active in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery since its beginning.
Dr. LeBlanc has also authored three textbooks on minimally invasive surgery and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical literature.
Mark G. Hausmann, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Hausmann is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received his Doctorate of Medicine. He then completed his general surgery residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.
Dr. Hausmann has practiced surgery in Baton Rouge since 1992. He joined the Surgeons Group of Baton Rouge in 2003. He has been a fellow in the American College of Surgeons since 1995. He also is a member of a number of surgical societies including the American Society of General Surgeons, the American Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He also has research affiliation with the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group.
Dr. Hausmann currently performs a wide variety of minimally invasive surgical procedures. His special interests include laparoscopic forgut surgery (fundoplication for GERD and myotomy for achalasia), laparoscopic colon surgery for cancer or diverticulitis, and laparoscopic solid organ surgery for diseases of the adrenal gland and spleen as well as hernia repair. Additionally, he has experience with minimally invasive surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid glands.
Kenneth Kleinpeter Jr., M.D.
Dr. Kleinpeter is an associate in the Surgeons Group of Baton Rouge. He grew up in the Baton Rouge area and is a graduate of Catholic High, LSU and LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He held positions at Kleinpeter Farms, LSU Golf Course and Pennington Biomedical Research Center before completing his general surgery residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, N.C.
His affiliations include Alpha Omega Alpha, Resident Admission; American College of Surgeons, Resident Member; Gamma Beta Phi (Academic/Volunteerism Society); and the academic honor society Alpha Epsilon Delta.
Brent W. Allain Jr., M.D.
Dr. Brent Allain, an associate in the Surgeons Group of Baton Rouge , has a strong foundation in general surgery and has worked independently and as an attending surgeon in an area teaching hospital. Allain grew up in Franklin and is a graduate of LSU and the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans . He is fellow-trained through The Fellowship Council, an international group of minimally invasive surgical practices.
The fellows matched to the practice are channeled through The Fellowship Council, an international group of minimally invasive surgical practices. MISILA, the institute arm of the Surgeons Group of Baton Rouge is a founding and sought-after participant in the program.
Our Weight Loss Procedures
The Surgeons Group of Baton Rouge offers three surgical weight loss tools:
-Adjustable Gastric Band
-Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG)
Adjustable Gastric Band
The Surgeons Group of Baton Rouge currently performs the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band. This procedure is performed via a minimally invasive technique.
The procedure is performed by making six small incisions in the patient’s upper abdomen. A small opening is made below the patient’s upper stomach in between the blood vessels and fatty tissue in this area. This allows for a tunnel as such so that the band can be placed around the stomach.
The band which is an elastic belt approximately 10 cm. in circumference is then placed around the upper portion of the stomach and locked in place with a belt buckle-type mechanism. The lap-band is connected by a tubing to a reservoir which is then sutured to the patient’s abdominal wall muscles. This will allow for later adjusting. The procedure is performed with the minimally invasive technique using six small incisions and using plastic-sleeved trocars to hold in the carbon dioxide air which is used to free working space for the surgeon to visualize the area. Six incisions are used, one for the camera, two for the surgeon’s instruments as well as two for the assistant surgeon’s instruments as well as the sixth incision site for the liver retractor.
The patients can anticipate an overnight stay in the hospital after this form of procedure.
The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, when used as a weight loss procedure, is a safe, effective approach to weight loss. Its features include a minimally invasive surgical technique, shorter stay in the hospital, and less pain. The procedure has less risks than other weight loss surgery procedures. Patients who have had the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band can expect to lose the majority of their excess weight over a two to three-year period. The laparoscopic band has an adjustable component and most people require adjustments at two to three-month intervals until a balance is achieved where there is proper restriction for the patient.
The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band is an appropriate weight-loss device in selected patients. Our Surgeons recommend that someone who wishes to choose the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band as their weight-loss option understands the following recommendations for success of this procedure. The adjustable gastric band works best with solid food ingestion. We recommend a diet higher in protein and porciferous vegetables for enhanced weight-loss. This procedure is considered a “tool” assisting a patient in their weight-loss endeavors. An individual will not achieve full benefit from the band if soft or liquid foods are ingested in greater proportions than solid foods. Certainly, high-calorie liquid sweets are extremely discouraged with this form of treatment.
Surgical treatment for obesity has been around for many years. Recently, the specialty of bariatric surgery (surgical treatment for the morbidly obese) has recently undergone exciting and important advances. With advances in minimally invasive surgical techniques, public awareness of this field of surgery has grown. For a fully comprehensive synopsis of the rationale for surgical treatment for morbid obesity, please refer to the web site for the American Society of Bariatric Surgery.
Our surgeons currently perform the laparoscopic gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass) as well as the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAP-BAND®).
Bariatric surgery is a sub-specialty of surgery dealing with surgical treatment for the morbidly obese. There has been much misinformation regarding surgical options for weight loss. In 1992, the National Institutes of Health convened a conference at which time they agreed that in a selected group of patients who have exhausted all other means of weight loss that surgical procedures for obesity were appropriate in a center which provides a comprehensive treatment program along with the surgical technique. Patients who are candidates for weight loss surgery must be 100 pounds or greater overweight or with a body mass index of 40 kg. per metered square. An individual can have a BMI of 35 or greater if they also have significant disease directly attributable to their weight such as diabetes or obstructive sleep apnea. All patients seen at the Surgeons Group of Baton Rouge will be evaluated from both a comprehensive medical questionnaire, height and weight determination, as well as correspondence with the individual’s primary physician or specialty physician. The Surgeons Group of Baton Rouge has nutritionists and support personnel available to assist all potential patients with their weight loss needs.
The Surgeons Group of Baton Rouge provide the laroscopic divided gastric bypass as well as the laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedure. We have informational booklets which will inform you about these procedures so that the individual may decide for themselves which procedure is most appropriate for them. These materials can be sent to you free of charge by contacting us.
Lap Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
This procedure generates weight loss solely through gastric restriction (reduced stomach volume). The stomach is restricted by stapling and dividing it vertically and removing more than 85% of it. This part of the procedure is not reversible. The stomach that remains is shaped like a very slim banana and measures from 1-5 ounces (30-150cc), depending on the surgeon performing the procedure.
The nerves to the stomach and the outlet valve (pylorus) remain intact with the idea of preserving the functions of the stomach while drastically reducing the volume. By comparison, in a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, the stomach is divided, not removed, and the pylorus is excluded.
The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass stomach can be reconnected (reversed) if necessary. Note that there is no intestinal bypass with this procedure, only stomach reduction. The lack of an intestinal bypass avoids potentially costly, long term complications such as marginal ulcers, vitamin deficiencies and intestinal obstructions.