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Chucks says his health improved after lap band surgery



In the second video segment from Chuck, a 100+ pound success story from our Independence, Missouri lap band clinic, Chuck discusses his health.

When he was at 317 pounds, he said that he had trouble playing with his kid, doing yard work or even tying his shoes. His health was at risk, with elevated blood pressure, severe asthma that would leave him in the hospital, and a likely diabetes diagnosis looming in the future.

Fortunately, Chuck knew someone who had lost a lot of weight with her own Lap Band, and he decided to follow her lead. Now his blood pressure, pulse and asthma have all improved, and he's exercising regularly.

If you're ready to begin your own weight loss journey, download our free kit of weight loss surgery information today.

Five unexpected ways a LAP BAND can save you money


When considering a LAP-BAND weight loss surgery, the first question many people ask is: how much does a lap band cost?

Even if your insurance plan does not cover bariatric surgery, and you have to pay cash for or finance your band, you may find that weight loss surgery can help you save money in the long run.

Here are five of the hidden costs of obesity:

  • Grocery and dining costs - Consider that someone with a lap band can get full on only 1/2 to 1 cup of food and think about what impact that could have on the grocery or restaurant bill.
  • Missed days of work - A 2007 study showed that overweight women were 61 percent more likely to miss work time than women with healthy weight. For morbidly obese women, the figure was 118 percent. 
  • Other weight loss programs - Can you calculate how much you've personally spent on diets? As a country we spend $42 billion each year. How many of those worked?
  • Gasoline - Did you know an extra 100 pounds in your car can reduce its fuel efficiency by 2 percent? That can really add up over the years, especially as fuel prices increase.
  • Other medical expenses - If you're struggling with diabetes, hypertension, depression, joint pains, gastric reflux or any other obesity related ailment, you will likely be able to substantially cut your medical and prescription expenses by losing weight.

If you're struggling with obesity, go ahead and put together your own budget to figure out how much your finances are being weighed down.

And while that cost might not be equal to the surgery cost in the first year, consider that the surgery cost is a one-time expense, but the obesity costs above are cumulitive over time and can often get worse.

If you're interested in learning more about weight loss surgery and how it works to improve your health - and potentially your finances - download our free weight loss surgery information kit today!

LAP-BAND System's New TV Commercials


Allergan has launched new TV Commercials for the LAP-BAND System.

If you have not yet caught one of Allergan's new commercials for its LAP-BAND System, you can view all the versions of the ads here.

They have four versions:

  • Absolution talks about what people did to lose weight before they got LAP-BAND Surgery for lasting weight loss success.
  • Band vs. Bypass discusses the differences between gastric banding and gastric bypass and why patients choose LAP-BAND, including safety, not having to staple your stomach, and quick recovery.
  • Cost reveals that insurance covers the cost of LAP-BAND Surgery for some patients.
  • Health talks about how the band is not just about weight loss, but about improving health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea and joint pain.

If you're interested in learning more about the LAP-BAND System for weight loss, please download our free LAP-BAND Materials to learn more.


Adjustable Gastric Banding Basics

Adjustable gastric banding is not an absolute cure for obesity, but it is a powerful tool for weight loss. Here's how:

1. Proper band placement by a qualified surgeon. At Weight Loss Surgical Center, we have three surgeons on staff who specialize in gastric bands and have successfully placed hundreds of gastric bands. The procedure is normally out-patient with nine out of 10 of our patients leaving the surgery center the same days as their gastric band surgery.

2.   Long-term diet is crucial for an adjustable gastric banding patient to be successful. Remember that the surgeon and surgery are just the first step, and there are many more important steps, especially concerning your diet, along your weight loss journey.

This is why we have so many people, throughout the Midwest, dedicated to your weight loss success. Some key things about diet they will teach you are to:

a. Eat 50-60% protein, followed by fruits and vegetables

b. Chew thoroughly, with small bites, until it is almost liquefied and to eat meals slowly

c. Do not drink any liquid with your meals or for 45 minutes after a meal

d. Eat three meals a day, especially breakfast

e. Avoid foods that crumble or slip through the band easily

f. Focus on high-nutrient foods packed with vitamins and minerals

3.   Follow-up regularly with our local adjustable gastric band care providers. We have medical providers in Overland Park, Topeka and Wichita, Kansas; Independence, Springfield, St. Louis and Kansas City North (coming soon), MissouriDes Moines, Iowa; and Omaha, Nebraska, to help patients learn to use their new weight loss tool effectively.

Generally, we recommend an adjustable gastric band follow-up schedule along these guidelines:

a. Post-op visit one week after surgery to check incisions, etc.

b. First gastric band fill, 4 weeks after surgery.

c. Subsequent fills every 2-3 weeks as instructed by your provider until you hit your sweet spot. Weight Loss Surgical has pioneered new techniques to hit your sweet spot sooner.

d. Quarterly follow-up for two years after hitting your sweet spot

4. Exercise to burn more calories than you take in. Walk 30 minutes daily, use an elliptical machine, stationary bicycle or swim. Start slow, and increase the length and intensity of your workouts as your body adjusts to exercising.

Adjustable gastric banding risks 

As with any surgery, there are some potential risks with adjustable gastric banding, though it is the safest weight loss surgery currently available. Be sure to read your band manufacturer's information and talk to your surgeon about the adjustable gastric band of your choice before making a final decision about surgery.

Health improvements 

83% of people with type II diabetes can successfully get off prescription medications, under the direction of their primary care physician, once they lose weight with the band.

66% of people with high blood pressure can successfully get off prescription medications once they lose weight with the band, and the remaining 34% can usually have their medications reduced. Patients should reduce their medications only under the guidance of their primary care physician.

New studies on adjustable gastric banding are regularly released and have found improvements to other health conditions, including sleep apneaGERD and asthma.

Cancer Risk: Another Reason for Adjustable Gastric Banding?


A December 26 study in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology found that restricted calorie diets - a primary feature of adjustable gastric banding - help human cells live longer by restricting the amount of glucose they are exposed to.

The study was a lab study on lung cells - some healthy and some precancerous. The cells were exposed to different levels of glucose and examined over a period of weeks for signs of health, such as cell division and life.

The interesting thing is that the precancerous cells that recieved lower amounts of glucose were more likely to die, which could indicate that lower calorie, thus lower glucose diets could help prevent some forms of cancer.

We have also known for some time that obese individuals had higher risk of cancers of the breast, endometrium (the uteral lining), colon, kidney, and esophagus. This study does not link its findings to any of these cancers specifically, but we already know that losing weight through physical excercise and calorie restriction, as occurs after a LAP-BAND Surgery, helps to reduce these risks.

Added to the list of other diseases that are improved with weight loss through adjustable gastric banding, and anyone considering the LAP-BAND or REALIZE Band has some pretty good health reasons to do so:

If you are considering a serious, proven medical method for weight loss, download our free LAP-BAND materials to learn more about the surgery and how it can help you improve your health.


Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (2009, December 26). Calorie restriction: Scientists take important step toward 'fountain of youth'. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 15, 2010, from

Adjustable Gastric Bands help with a variety of conditions


It is widely known that adjustable gastric bands improve morbid and severe obesity by helping people lose significant amounts of weight, but gastric bands help other conditions, too.

Five of the top conditions gastric bands helps improve are:

  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnea
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension

All five of these conditions have association with obesity, along with many more. Losing a signficant amount of weight often can help improve conditions like these.

Primarily, though, gastric bands treat morbid and severe obesity, which is the cause of or contributor to many other problems.

For instance, we all know that cigarette smoking or alcohol abuse can lead to harmful health effects, but a 2002 study showed that obesity caused more harmful effects than either of those activities.

Fortunately, we live in a time that obesity is being studied more and more as a disease instead of it being oversimplified to lifestyle choices. Today, doctors recognize severe obesity as a chronic disease, and surgical options for weight loss are constantly being examined and improved.

A number of studies have shown that long-term weight loss with adjustable gastric bands can lead to improved health.

Specifically, for our previous five conditions, consider that after gastric band surgery:

  • patients reported reductions in asthma severity.
  • 93% of patients with sleep apnea reported resolution after a year.
  • 90% of patients with GERD had improved reflux symptoms.
  • patients achieved up to 80% complete resolution of diabetes.
  • patients experienced significant blood pressure improvements, allowing many to go off hypertension medications.

The studies that produced these results noted an average excess weight loss of 38% to 58% in the first year after gastric band surgery, and gastric band patients typically continue to lose weight well beyond their first years.

These important improvements of a variety of disease states vividly show why at Weight Loss Surgical Center, we do not view gastric banding as a cosmetic procedure, but a powerful, life-changing tool that can help you lose weight, get healthy and get more of life.

Because gastric band surgery helps so many conditions, many insurance companies offer benefits for gastric band surgery. Schedule your initial consultation today so we can find out about your insurance benefits.

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