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Iowans Battling Obesity-Related Diseases Have New Option for Treatment

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Iowans Battling Obesity-Related Diseases Have New Option for Treatment

Iowa Weight Loss Specialist offers specialized "sleeve" surgery among its options

West Des Moines, IA - When 41 year old April May was faced with joint pain and sleep problems that keep her from enjoying her children and living her life as she had hoped, she turned to a sleeve gastrectomy. The career nurse chose the 45-minute bariatric surgery as part of her treatment plan.

"I was exhausted and in pain all the time," May says. "I was like the walking dead. I didn't want to live my life this way."

Today, 65 pounds lighter nine months after the procedure, May says the surgery and the team who performed it saved her life. Starting this month, patients will be able to tap the same expertise and compassion May used to be successful at a new practice open in Iowa. Iowa Weight Loss Specialists is now open in West Des Moines under the leadership of Dr. Todd Eibes with a focus on serving Iowans across the state where he says he sees a need for access to this treatment.

"Our approach focuses on the health benefits of bariatric surgery," Eibes says. "In a day of Biggest Loser and Extreme Weight Loss reality t.v. shows, often the health benefits of losing weight are overlooked. While the aesthetics are great, the medical problems that are relieved often are the difference between life and death for patients."

Eibes and his team specialize in sleeve gastrectomy that has revolutionized bariatric weight loss surgery. Eibes has performed more than 2,000 surgeries and is a firm believer in the results that reverse diseases such as diabetes and sleep apnea.

"The numbers are compelling for anyone who suffers from diseases that are directly linked to obesity," Eibes says. He points to numbers like these:
* Diabetes - 78% remission
* Sleep apnea - 90% remission
* Hypertension - 30% remission
* Cardiovascular disease - significantly improved

"I believe that through a coordinated effort of a team of specialists including myself, dietitians, psychiatric providers, and exercise specialists we can give a patient a second chance at living a healthy and productive life," says Eibes. "We treat every patient as we would want our family members to be treated and feel lucky that we have the opportunity to make a difference in our patients' lives."

The Iowa Weight Loss Specialists team delivers customized care from orientation to years after the surgery.

"We want patients to be successful so we focus on a highly personalized experience for them and their families" adds Eibes.

The Central Iowa location at 4949 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, with a surgery center located at Iowa Specialty Hospital in Belmond, Ia. Program information sessions will be offered weekly through out central and northern Iowa. More information about Iowa Weight Loss Specialists and the sleeve gastrectomy procedure can be found at or by calling 515-327-2000.

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Brooke A. Benschoter, APR


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