Dr. Madan Says Lap Band Surgery Can Be Successful With The Cost of Lifestyle Change.

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Though not a new idea, it's one that bears repeating, says Dr. Madan. Though the LAP-BAND® system is a good tool for long-term weight loss, true success comes with lifestyle change.

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Weight loss and how to achieve it is a huge topic in America today. ABC News ran an article on May 8, 2012 whose title said it all: “100 Million Dieters, $20 Billion: The Weight Loss Industry By the Numbers”. In 2009 alone, there were 220,000 people struggling with morbid obesity who opted for weight loss surgery, including lap band and gastric bypass. Bariatric surgeon Dr. Madan says that the real success of any of these 220,000 people who had a LAP-BAND® or gastric bypass surgery would be the daily hour of exercise that helped people keep off 30 pounds or more over a 5-year span.

Many people talk about how to lose weight, reiterates Dr Madan, but few actually know the aftermath of LAP-BAND®, and just how much time it will take to adjust and keep off the pounds. Exercise is uncomfortable but essential to keeping off the pounds and losing inches, as found out by New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, even after going the length of having weight loss surgery done. (See the ESPN New York article on July 19, 2012, “Rex Ryan Down To 242 Pounds”.) He lost 106 pounds and 10 inches around his waist after lap band surgery, but only after he also started exercising.

Later posted on Medscape News, the Journal of Clinical Pathology issued an article on November 21, 2012, called “Bariatric Surgery: A Best Practice Article”. In it, there was a discussion about how losing extra weight can alleviate chronic back pain and chronic joint pain often suffered by those carrying 50 to 100 pounds of extra weight. Some of the tests used by physicians to determine health versus weight included “asking a patient whether they can tie their shoes” or “asking a patient to climb three flights of stairs” and noting when they took a break.

These methods are not meant to belittle or humiliate. Instead, says Dr Madan, it can truly show the overall health of a person better than standing on a scale. The lungs and heart of a patient can be affected severely by obesity, but some people carrying extra weight are not as affected. Similarly, just looking at a BMI chart isn't nearly as effective as looking at skin tone, and asking about the two other large contributors to a lack of overall health: heavy smoking and drinking.

There is a cost to lap band surgery, for sure. The ABC News article pointed out that the average financial cost of the surgery alone ranged between $11,500 to $26,000. The article did not say what type of surgery was used, which would be important. Lap band surgery is a one-day procedure in most cases, often only taking an hour for the actual incisions and insertion. Gastric bypass, especially if there are follow-up complications, can require a day or a few days in the hospital, much like a sleeve gastrectomy. Also, the article didn't mention that many surgeries can be tax-deductible, or covered by insurance, depending on the carrier.

ABC News did mention the cost of one luxury weight loss program: $5,594. This includes a week of personal training sessions, carefully monitored foods, and massages at the Beau Rivage Palace in Switzerland. This may be one of the most costly programs, but the $500,000 to $3 million made by celebrities who endorse “major weight-loss programs” must be made up somewhere.

After performing over 2,000 bariatric procedures, Dr. Madan says that patients need to add on one more costly lifestyle change besides adding exercise, and reducing smoking and drinking: attending follow-up sessions with their physician. Otherwise, he says, it can be easy for patients to rejoice too soon at the weight loss, without keeping away weight regain by making proper adjustments to the lap band, and being accountable for changes they make at home.

In Memphis, Dr. Madan was the first to conduct a laparoscopic gastric bypass, and the first to offer a treatment without incision for post-operative weight gain. The University of Miami confirmed his expertise by appointing Dr. Madan as their Chief of Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery Division, though he has since moved. In 2007, he won the SAGES Young Investigator Award, among others. Patients continue to give Dr. Madan consistently high reviews, culminating in the 2011 and 2012 Patients' Choice Award.

For more information on Dr. 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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