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April 10, 2014


RENO, Nev. – Eldorado Casino celebrity chef and “Hell’s Kitchen” fan favorite, Robert Hesse, had weight loss surgery with Western Bariatric Institute (WBI) at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in January. Hesse, 35, had the 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 Chef Robert works as a chef for the Eldorado Casino. Chef was inspired to cook by watching his grandmother and mother in the kitchen as a boy growing up in Long Island, NY. After receiving his degree in Culinary Arts, Robert 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.

His journey is not over, but right on schedule weighing 497 at his heaviest and now weighing in at 287*. “Thank you Western Bariatric Institute of Reno. You saved my life!” says Hesse * results may vary.

To learn more about the sleeve procedure and other weight-loss programs contact Western Bariatric Institute at 775-326-9152 or visit
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 Chef Robert on his weight loss journey or watch our online seminar visit or call 775-326-9152.
Chef before and after