The Lap Band Surgery Center: Lap Band Surgery Can Help Patients Gain a New Lease on Life

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According to a January 9, 2013 report by Forbes magazine (“Obesity The New Just Say No for 2013”), obesity severely cuts into life expectancy. Dr. Joseph Naim of the Lap Band Surgery Center says that installing the LAP-BAND® can help patients get years of their life back.

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Despite some claims to the contrary, says a January 9, 2013 article by Forbes magazine (“Obesity: The New 'Just Say No' for 2013”, obesity really does cut down on life expectancy. Although this may not sound like an 'a ha' moment, there have been studies in reputable magazines, such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), that seem to make claims about some levels of obesity being better for the body than keeping to a normal weight size. Dr. Joseph Naim of the Lap Band Surgery Center says that he agrees with Forbes in saying that obesity certainly does cut down on life expectancy, and that lap band surgery is one highly approved method of dealing with extra weight.

Patients may not be aware of the true toll of obesity. According to Forbes, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says that having over 100 pounds of extra weight, or a BMI between 40 to 45, can reduce length of life by eight to 10 years. Essentially, that's the same number of years that a consistent smoking habit can shave off of a person's life. “According to the OECD, for every 15 kilograms of extra weight, the risk of death increases by about 30%.”

This may be the sole reason for some lap band patients to go through with surgery. However, another great reason to have lap band surgery is certainly to also increase the quality of life. Some of the Forbes list of additional health problems incurred by obesity, or related to obesity, obesity are more commonly known: type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea and stroke. However, other issues that made the list may not be common knowledge, such as infertility, prostate cancer, kidney cancer, gallbladder disease, and even Alzheimer's disease.

The lap band cost may be one thing that puts off patients from gaining a new lease on life, but there are studies showing that the cost of losing weight in the right way can translate into medical and financial benefits. Not having weight loss surgery, such as lap band, may have a life cost in both work and personal areas, says Forbes. “Due to its high prevalence and its associations with multiple chronic diseases, worse treatment results and complications from even the best medical and surgical care, increased levels of disability, absenteeism from work, and premature death, the total societal costs from obesity in the U.S. every year exceed $215 billion.” Lap Band Surgery Center's Dr. Naim says that this article supports the idea that installing a lap band may help patients gain control of their finances and their health.

The Lap Band Surgery Center of Southern California is led by Dr. H. Joseph Naim, who is board certified in General Surgery. Dr. Naim has a biology degree from the University of Southern California, and a medical degree from New York's Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Naim is a member of Bariatric surgery Center of Excellence hospitals such as Long Beach's St. Mary Medical Center, and Los Angeles' Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. From the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons at New York Methodist Hospital, he received the Resident Achievement Award, and is licensed to practice in California. To learn more about lap band surgery, call 1-800-472-4900, or get a free consultation at

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