LAP-BAND® - Your "Weight" is Over

August 22, 2013 by Molly Huff

The Tift Regional Weight Loss Center now offers LAP-BAND® surgery - an effective, safe weight loss tool for people who have struggled with weight loss and are ready for a solution.

What is LAP-BAND® surgery and is it right for you? If you've wondered about the surgery and what qualifies someone as a candidate, we can help. Here's a description of who qualifies for the surgery - ask yourself, "Do I have…"

  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40 or
  • A BMI over 30 and are more than 30 pounds overweight, with one or more co-morbity factors such as diabetes or high blood pressure?

And, are you a person who has already tried:

  • Exercise
  • Diets
  • Medication - all to lose weight and get fit.

If this describes you, and you have tried different approaches to weight loss as listed above with little or no success, LAP-BAND® could be right for you.

Now, what does the surgery entail?

LAP-BAND® is a involves a minimally invasive surgical procedure during which an adjustable gastric band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. This creates a smaller stomach pouch, which restricts the amount of food that can be consumed at one time and increases the time it takes for the stomach to empty - so you feel fuller, faster. As a result, patients achieve sustained weight loss by limiting food intake, reducing appetite, and slowing digestion.

Advantages of LAP-BAND® include:

  • Minimally invasive surgical approach
  • No stomach stapling or cutting, or intestinal rerouting
  • Adjustable
  • Reversible
  • Lower operative complication rate than with gastric bypass
  • Low malnutrition risk

Here is the even more exciting news…LAP-BAND® surgery, is now being performed locally by Tift Regional Medical Center's Dr. Chris Smith. Dr. Smith is a board certified general surgeon that has practiced in South Georgia since 1983. He's a Tifton native and received his B.S. degree from the University of Georgia and then his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He is experienced with gastric surgery and is LAP-BAND® certified.

The TRMC Weight Loss Center team understands losing weight is difficult. The team works as a partner with each patient, from pre-surgical consultation to post-surgical follow visits, support, advice and nutritional information. Click here to visit TRWLC's website or call 229.353.BAND (2263) and make an appointment today for your consultation. Your "weight" could be over sooner than you think!