New Year’s Resolutions Spike Interest In Weight-Loss Surgery

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Weight-loss related resolutions made after the New Year have resulted in an increase in obesity surgery inquiries.

San Jose-based bariatric surgery centers, hospitals and Web sites have reported a marked increase in weight-loss surgery inquiries in the first month of 2006, according to the San Jose affiliate of Laparoscopic Associates of San Francisco.

America’s pervasive weight problem (2004 census data showed 65% of the population is overweight) has translated into serious resolutions to lose weight in 2006. Dr Paul Cirangle, at Laparoscopic Associates of San Francisco, reported five times more phone calls in the first two weeks of 2006 compared to the preceding months. There has been particular interest in the four main weight-loss procedures: vertical gastrectomy, Lapband, Roux-en-Y and the duodenal switch.

When asked about this increasing interest in weight-loss procedures, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality, opined that “for adults whose health is severely compromised, using surgery to achieve weight loss is an option”, although she added that bariatric procedures should not replace the basics of good health as a solution: “Good nutrition and exercise are key elements of a healthy lifestyle and for achieving a healthy weight.”

With proven results, bariatric surgery is gaining wider acceptance in the medical community. The Journal of American Medical Associates (JAMA) recently reported that in 136 weight-loss procedure studies, bariatric surgery resulted in weight loss, and reversed diabetes, in 77% of patients. It also reported lower cholesterol in 70% and eliminated high blood pressure in 62% of patients involved in the study.

Dr. John Feng, in San Francisco, confirmed that weight loss surgery results are generally quite good and the importance of having it done by an experienced surgeon is becoming increasingly important. The American Society of Bariatric Surgeons has recently announced several programs (surgicalreview.org) that they recognize as “Centers of Excellence”. These programs and surgeons must have a high volume and low complication rate to qualify.

About Laparoscopic Associates of San Francisco:

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Laparoscopic Associates is the only group in the Western United States to perform all weight-loss surgeries laparoscopically. They specialize in Lap Band Surgery, Vertical Gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y Surgery, and the Duodenal Switch.

More information about weight-loss surgery can be found on LAPSF’s Website, http://www.LapSF.com, or by contacting Laparoscopic Associates of San Francisco, 2100 Webster Street, Suite 518, San Francisco, CA 94115, phone: 415-561-1310, fax: 415-561-1731.

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