Part 1 of an in-depth special report

Combating weight loss surgically

By Mark Bullion

February 17, 2013 Updated Feb 18, 2013 at 12:58 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- When it comes to losing weight, doctors say diet and exercise are key.

But that's not enough for some people who need to take it a step further, with surgery.

Doctor Jayaraj Salimath is a bariatric surgeon with the Mid-Illini Surgical Associates.   Along with gastric bypass surgery, he also performs a relatively new procedure called gastric sleeve surgery.

Up to 90% of the stomach is removed and re-shaped, which reduces the amount of food patients are able to take in every day.

“It works mainly with the people who are binge eaters, and large portions of their diet in one sitting,” said Salimath. “Those who have controlling issues, the portion control issues, it works for them excellently.”

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