LAP-BAND Surgery Shows Promise For Severely Overweight Teens

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A new medical study by Dr. Paul E. O’Brien, National Medical Director for True Results reveals that adolescents can achieve significant improvements in weight, health and quality of life following placement of a gastric band and with support from parents and healthcare professionals.

Dr. Paul E. O'Brien, National Medical Director for True Results

Dr. Paul E. O'Brien, National Medical Director for True Results

“This study supports the same effective results we have seen addressing teen obesity – when behavioral efforts have failed, the lap band procedure is proven to achieve permanent weight loss,“ said True Results surgeon, Dr. Richard Benavides.

Paul E. O’Brien, National Medical Director for True Results, the nation’s most experienced Lap Band provider, recently authored a study about teens and obesity. The study, released by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals that adolescents can achieve significant improvements in weight, health and quality of life following placement of a gastric band and with support from parents and healthcare professionals.

The research, conducted at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia examined severely obese adolescents aged 14 – 18. The group with the lap band had almost 11 times better results than a group that took part in a lifestyle management program including diet, exercise and other behavior changes. At study completion, participants who underwent gastric banding had lost an average of 79 percent of their excess weight, while those who adhered to the lifestyle program achieved a loss of 13 percent.

“Severe obesity in adolescents is associated with multiple serious diseases, impaired quality of life and reduced life expectancy," said O'Brien. ''Their life is going to be pretty much determined by whether they can or cannot lose weight – they are crippled by their obesity.''

“This study supports the same effective results we have seen addressing teen obesity – when behavioral efforts have failed, the lap band procedure is proven to achieve permanent weight loss," said True Results surgeon, Dr. Richard Benavides.

True Results surgeons have performed the most lap band procedures in the U.S., more than 15,000, and were among the first to perform gastric banding laparoscopically as an outpatient procedure.

“Teens are just as deserving as adults to lead a healthy lifestyle and the risks of this outpatient surgery are very minimal compared to more invasive alternatives,” continued Benavides.

The lap band procedure is the safest surgical weight-loss option available today – it is less invasive, completely reversible and fully adjustable for a customized rate of weight loss. True Results is dedicated to the care and support of the lap band patient because of the proven results and benefits over other procedures.

About True Results:
True Results is America’s #1 Lap Band provider, having completed more than 15,000 procedures. With a leading network of physicians, healthcare professionals, surgical centers and aftercare specialists, True Results is dedicated to the comprehensive treatment and care of gastric banding patients. True Results’ aftercare program, led by renowned national medical director, Dr. Paul O’Brien, is one of the most thorough and successful programs in the nation. With outpatient surgery centers in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Phoenix, True Results is committed to delivering the highest quality Lap Band surgery and aftercare directly to patients to improve their health and quality of life.

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