If You Can't Lose Weight, Don't Lose Hope
Weight-loss surgery at Aiken Regional can help you get your life back.
For the more than 10 million severely overweight people in the United States, inability to lose weight may be a matter of life or death due to the damaging physical effects of obesity.
If you’ve tried everything and still can't shed excess pounds, weight loss surgery may help you avoid serious health problems. When obesity is treated effectively, patients can expect significant improvement in common conditions such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and cardio and pulmonary disorders.
Laparoscopic gastric banding surgery
Laparoscopic gastric banding is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a surgeon places an inflatable band around the upper part of the stomach. The band reduces the size of the stomach pouch and narrows its outlet to limit the amount of food eaten, giving you a greater feeling of fullness. The band is inflated and adjusted as needed in the weeks following surgery, so weight loss is more gradual.
What to expect
The procedure has been shown to provide significant short-term weight loss in the first one to two years, as well as weight loss that lasts. In a long-term study, severely obese patients lost an average of 60 percent of their excess weight five years after the procedure.*
“Patients can sustain their weight loss with this procedure and will notice profound changes in their lives,” says Michael Edwards, MD, bariatric surgeon. “They look better, have more self-esteem and are more active. What’s even more significant is that patients can reduce or eliminate high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea, gastric reflux disease and other weight-related health problems.”
Support from a team of specialists
“This program is unique in that we bring together a team of specialists who are dedicated to bariatric surgery,” says Dr. Edwards. “They include the bariatric surgeon, psychologist, dietician, cardiologist, pulmonologist and anesthesiologists.” In addition, a bariatric nurse navigator guides every patient through the entire process.
Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you.
*Source: Ray James, Ray Shahla. Safety, efficacy, and durability of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding in a single surgeon U.S. community practice. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. 2011.
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