San Antonio Weight Loss Surgeons Discuss LAP-BAND ® Decision Affecting 26 Million Americans

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Innova Hospital, a practice specializing in weight loss surgery such as the LAP BAND System in San Antonio, TX, discusses the latest news from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration, which could potentially affect 26 million Americans.

The FDA recently approved the LAP-BAND system ® for use in patients with a BMI of 30-35 with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions. According to the San Antonio bariatric surgeons at Innova Hospital, the recent decision by the FDA is exciting news because it could potentially affect 26 million Americans who were previously unable to qualify for weight loss surgery. During the next round of free seminars hosted by the practice, Dr. Rene Jaso and Dr. Lloyd Stegemann say they will discuss how this news can help their patients take the first step toward achieving the healthy transformation they desire.

According to the annual data compiled by the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the bariatric surgeons at Innova Hospital say the new FDA-approved qualifications could more than double the number of patients able to pursue weight loss surgery.

Whether patients are considering the LAP-BAND ® procedure, a gastric bypass, or the gastric sleeve in San Antonio, the surgeons at Innova Hospital stress that any patient electing to pursue weight loss surgery of any kind must commit to significant and permanent lifestyle changes on a day-to-day basis. For those patients unsure of their ability to qualify for the LAP-BAND procedure ®, or those who are simply wondering how the gastric banding procedure differs from a gastric bypass in San Antonio, the Innova Hospital team urges both the patients and their families to attend the free bariatric seminars they host each month: “Attending a surgical weight loss seminar is the first step to getting the information you need; meeting one on one with a physician who can answer your questions is essential in helping patients make a decision that is right for them," said Innova Hospital’s Dr. Rene Jaso.

About Innova Hospital

Innova Hospital is a small facility providing specialized healthcare for each individual patient’s needs with one goal in mind: the promotion of complete health and healing. Through the combination of extensive medical expertise and the latest technological advancements, Innova focuses on patient comfort and safety as the entire team comes together to deliver a higher level of personalized care.

Innova has six locations throughout Texas, with two in the San Antonio area: the Southcross location is in South East San Antonio at 4243 E. Southcross Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78222, and can be reached at (210) 368-7445; the second is located in the Methodist Physician’s Plaza Building #1 at 8038 Wurzbach Rd., Ste. 650 in San Antonio, TX 78229, which can be reached at (210) 368-7445. For more information about upcoming seminars, the bariatric surgeons, or the range of procedures Innova Hospital offers, the practice can also be found online at


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