Dr. Atul Madan Bariatric Surgeon Offers Expert Advice on Obesity and the LAP-BAND Procedure With a 20 minute Initial Evaluation Through February,2013 At No Cost

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Obesity has been named a medical 'epidemic' by the United States Surgeon General and the World Health Organization. As a qualified surgeon, Dr. Atul Madan offers suggestions regarding obesity and guidance on the LAP-BAND system.

Despite the Surgeon General's warnings to Congress in 2003 regarding the obesity epidemic, it appears that the national obesity problem has just gotten worse. In 2010, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) based on 2007-2008 research. "The results were not encouraging. Without exception, obesity rates increased significantly for preschoolers, middle schoolers and high school adolescents, from 5% to as much as 13%." Says Dr. Atul Madan

Nor are statistics more encouraging for obese adults. The Harvard School of Public Health suggested recently that media encouragement about American obesity hitting a 'plateau' may be misleading. Even if obesity rates in the United States have not increased since 2003, rates have doubled since 1980. Nearly two-thirds of American adults are overweight, and roughly one-third are obese (over 50 pounds overweight). The World Health Organization has found that “more than 1.4 billion adults were overweight and more than half a billion were obese” worldwide. Currently, obesity is afflicting more than just high-income countries, contributing to a larger percentage of deaths than is found in underweight populations.

Obesity has been linked as a common factor in the deaths of 300,000 Americans per year, though not the sole cause. (“There are a variety of factors that play a role in obesity.”) According to the CDC, these health risks definitely increase due to obesity: coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, liver disease, gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis, and sleep apnea.

Bariatric surgeon Dr. Atul Madan supports these views, pointing out that obesity is a common factor in cases he has treated. “We see 18-year-olds who are diabetic, who have congestive heart failure, illnesses that you would expect to see in patients who are 30-40 years older...these are problems that cannot be ignored.”

In 2004, Dr. Atul Madan supported gastric bypass as a surgical option for treating obesity, and has said that this method is not to be considered a “magic pill”. He says the same for an alternate and less invasive surgical option, the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System (LAP-BAND).

As a LAPBAND surgeon Dr. Atul Madan notes that it's to the patient's advantage to carefully consider all options, including weight reduction and other forms of healthy living, before turning to this surgery as an obesity solution. He warns potential patients that they should only consider LAP-BAND or bariatric surgery if they fit these categories: BMI of over 40, BMI of 35 with weight-related issues, or significant lack of success with weight loss.

LAP-BAND is an FDA approved procedure for weight reduction. Without any major incisions or stomach stapling maneuvers (such as gastric bypass), the LAP-BAND surgery has been shown to be 10 times safer than other major surgeries intended to reduce weight. The procedure often takes little more than an hour while the patient is put under a general anesthesia, the LAP-BAND system is placed around the patient's upper stomach “like a belt”, and adjustments are made via saline solution inserted through a small tube placed under the skin. Only qualified surgeons are allowed to insert the LAP-BAND system into a patient.

Dr. Atul Madan graduated from Pennsylvania's Lehigh University and obtained a medical degree at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Madan has also served on highly regarded committees such as the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, as well as the boards of Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care and Obesity Surgery. Dr. Madan won the 2007 SAGES Young Investigator Award, was honored by the American Medical Association Physican's Recognition Award, among others.

For more information on Dr. Atul Madan or the LAP-BAND procedure, call 1-800-472-4900, or review more on Dr. Madan on http://www.obesityhelp.com/profiles/bariatric-surgeon/dr-atul-madan/.

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