New Surgical Weight Loss Procedure Successfully Performed at L.A. Bariatrics

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The first L.A. Bariatrics patient in Los Angeles to receive the plicated band surgery is seeing progress and smooth recovery three weeks post-operation.

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Plicated band surgery feels good, but it's also less money I’m spending on a monthly basis.

When Los Angeles rental-property owner and manager Diana Daniels recently had the first weight-loss surgery of its kind to be performed at L.A. Bariatrics, a Los Angeles based weight loss clinic, she weighed 319 pounds. As of Dec. 6, just over three weeks later, she has already lost almost 40 pounds.

Diana underwent a procedure known as the plicated band. This procedure — or, more precisely, this combination of procedures — is very new, but when Ms. Daniels read about plicated band surgery in a newsletter from L.A. Bariatrics, she was sold.

"I was looking at it and thinking, 'Wow, this looks really great,'" she said. "When I read about the whole thing, I got really excited. I thought, 'This could really work for me.'"

"She actually came to me with the idea," said Dr. Jeremy Korman, medical director and bariatric surgeon at L.A. Bariatrics. "I got to know her over the course of a few visits, and she was all set to get a gastric-bypass operation. That's the one of the most common types of bariatric surgery in the United States. But she did her homework, and she was sure that the plicated band was for her. We determined that she would be a good candidate for a safe, effective procedure, and so far, things have been going great."

Plicated band surgery is a combination of two separate weight-loss surgeries. The gastric band, also known as the lap-band, is familiar to many patients; it is an inflatable ring that creates a small upper stomach pouch, enabling the patient to feel full after a small meal.

The other surgery, gastric plication, is newer; it involves the suturing of folds into the stomach to further reduce its capacity. (Think about an open paper bag; then think how much less the same bag can hold if you fold the bag in half.)

Ms. Daniels had tried traditional weight-loss methods after her weight crept up earlier in her life. At her heaviest, she weighed 330 pounds at five-foot-four. She wants to get down to 130 to 150 pounds and keep the weight off.

Following her plicated band surgery, Ms. Daniels said she has already been able to stop taking two of her diabetes medications, and will go off the third and final one in the next few months. Her daily dose of blood-pressure medication has been reduced by half. The reduced medication, she said, "feels good, but it's also less money I’m spending on a monthly basis."

In addition to her reduced need for prescription drugs, Ms. Daniels feels better in general.

"I felt like I was 20 years old" the day after surgery, said Ms. Daniels, 57. "It sounds silly, but I did. I had energy, I had relief, pep, and get-up-and-go. I was really excited."

Her lifestyle has changed for the better. She's found it easier to eat smaller portions and healthier food without being tempted by less-healthy options —even though it is the holiday season. She's even stopped drinking soda, which was a big part of her previous 3,000-to-4,000-calorie daily intake.

"I'm more active now than I've been in a long time," she added. She has a new membership at a gym, where she walks on the treadmill, and she's thinking about taking up Zumba classes.

She said that she's come to think working out is fun. "Who wants to go to work?" she said. "That's a four-letter word, work. Fun is only three letters!"

When he heard that, Dr. Korman laughed. "That's Diana," he said. "She's really determined, and if I know her, she's going to go on having fun with this for a while."

About Marina Del Rey Hospital
Marina Del Rey Hospital in Los Angeles is a boutique surgical hospital focusing on bariatric, spine, orthopedic, and minimally invasive surgery. The multidisciplinary medical team at L.A. Bariatrics, the bariatric surgery program at Marina Del Rey Hospital, offers patients excellent care. As a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, this weight loss center meets high standards for experience in bariatric procedures and inpatient care.

About L.A. Bariatrics & Dr. Jeremy Korman
Dr. Jeremy Korman is the medical director of L.A. Bariatrics and a leading expert in the field of bariatric medicine, and he has successfully performed over 1,000 weight loss surgical procedures on patients from all over the United States. Dr. Korman and his multidisciplinary team focus on helping patients to realize their weight loss goals and achieve better health. L.A. Bariatrics, located at Marina Del Rey Hospital, is certified by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, confirming that its staff has extensive, specialized experience and that the facility has passed rigorous inspections. The L.A. Bariatrics team combines exceptional surgical outcomes with nutritional, psychosocial and exercise support for all patients within the program.

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