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Former ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ chef to undergo weight loss surgery with Western Bariatric Institute in Reno



westernbariatric-2317586-4631890Eldorado celebrity chef and “Hell’s Kitchen” fan favorite Robert Hesse is scheduled to undergo weight loss surgery with Western Bariatric Institute (WBI) at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Hesse, 35, will undergo vertical sleeve gastrectomy, one of the newest weight loss procedures performed by surgeons throughout the country.

Many people who are obese struggle for years to lose weight through diet and exercise, but fail. Only after they have tried other methods of losing weight are they considered candidates for weight-loss surgery.

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy, or “sleeve,” is one of the newest weight loss procedures and is the fastest growing procedure in the United States. The sleeve procedure removes about 80 percent of the stomach and generates weight loss by reducing appetite and promoting satiety as well as producing hormonal changes in the gut.

“What makes the sleeve gastrectomy especially appealing is that it avoids the potential long-term problems associated with other weight loss procedures while providing excellent results,” says Dr. John Ganser, medical director at Western Bariatric Institute.

Currently Hesse works as a chef for the Eldorado Casino. He was inspired to cook by watching his grandmother and mother in the kitchen as a boy growing up in Long Island. After receiving his degree in culinary arts, he brought his “strong island” street-honed personality to the hit FOX reality show, “Hell’s Kitchen,” and into the hearts of America as the Season 5 fan favorite.

“I want people to know the real work begins the day after my surgery. You can’t save the world until you save yourself,” adds Hesse.

To learn more about the sleeve procedure and other weight-loss programs contact Western Bariatric Institute at 775-326-9152 or visit WBIReno.com.

About Western Bariatric Institute

Western Bariatric Institute is a leading force in weight-loss surgery, performing over 2000 minimally invasive procedures and are fellows with the American College of Surgeons as well as an accredited “Center of Excellence” through the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. To follow Hesse on his weight loss journey or watch our online seminar, visit WBIReno.com or call 775-326-9152.

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