Patient Benefits from Significant Weight Loss With Help From Mercy's Bariatric Surgery Program

Taking daily walks mixed with frequent short walks have helped Tracie Mezines lose significant weight. She’s been shedding pounds for many months from this basic exercise and healthy diet ever since having bariatric, or weight loss, surgery. In just 8 months, she lost 105 pounds. Without the surgery, Tracie doesn’t think such dramatic results would have ever been possible. She had laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery. With the gastric sleeve surgery, about 85% of the stomach is removed so that it takes on the shape of a tube or sleeve. The gastric sleeve restricts the amount of food that can be eaten at any one time.
The gastric sleeve surgery is one of several surgeries and non-surgical weight-loss options offered at the Mercy Bariatric Center at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. In October of 2021, the center became the first and only one in the state to receive national accreditation for both bariatric surgery and obesity medicine.

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