Dr. Madan Gives Tips on the Five Points of a Successful Lap Band Surgery

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A recent Ventura County Star article pointed out some of what makes bariatric surgery a success. Dr. Madan adds a few points on what would help a LAP-BAND® patient lose weight and keep it off.

The Weight is Over. Choose LapBand®

With one-third of Americans labeled as obese by the American Diabetes Association, many are turning to weight loss surgery for help. However, surgery by itself isn't always the answer, as pointed out by the Ventura County Star on March 23, 2013. The article was called “Colleen Cason: Balancing the Hefty Subject of Weight-Loss Surgery”, and it outlined some of the ways in which lifestyle change is more important than just having surgery done. Bariatric surgeon Dr. Madan uses this article and others to give tips on why lap band surgery can be effective if combined with other changes.

Colleen Cason of the Ventura County Star compared two weight loss surgery patients, Jen Larsen and Sandi Henderson, for reasons why weight loss surgery works for some and not others. Both women had a lot to lose, over 150 pounds. Both women made their story into news items. However, one is famous for being unsatisfied with bariatric surgery, and the other says it's changed her life for the better. What is the difference?

One is that Jen Larsen continued to ignore doctor's warnings about health in general. Out of her memoir, Stranger Here: How Weight Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed With My Head, she pointed out that losing weight can help patients ignore common medical advice because the body shape is changing. Ignoring doctor's advice to “exercise, don't drink, don't smoke, eat well” can be a major cause of weight loss regain and adding new health issues, says Dr. Madan.

Second, it's also clear that Jen thought that all her life issues were tied to weight. The “fairy tale” idea, that getting thinner would equal a perfect life, just did not emerge. Unfortunately, weight can be an easy target to blame. When that's gone, it sometimes takes sessions with a counselor or other methods to regain a sense of self and purpose.

Third, drinking can lead to other health issues, especially after certain surgeries. ABC News reported on January 18, 2012 (“Weight Loss Surgery Increases Risk of Alcohol Addiction”) that there seems to be an increase in alcohol issues after gastric bypass in particular. The World Health Organization found a 3% increase in the number of post-surgery patients that complained of alcohol-related issues. Alcohol is absorbed more quickly after gastric bypass, due to a shortened digestive system. Any issues before surgery would be increased afterwards because the effects of alcohol wear off quickly, allowing the drinker to increase consumption.

Fourth, real need and real results of weight loss surgery can overcome prior concerns. Sandi Henderson, who lost 70 pounds more than Jen Larsen, said that her attitude toward bariatric surgery was bad until she tried it. She went to a lap band presentation to prove it wrong, and ended up thinking that the doctor had “read her diary” about food consumption. Her BMI was over 65, so she had to do something, and scheduled the lap band surgery. She has lost 250 pounds, and kept it off.

Fifth, what happens after surgery is often more important than what happened before. Despite initial misgivings, Sandi was given a reduced appetite that was what she needed to obtain long-term weight loss. She began exercising by swimming, and added on strength training. She looked into changing herself on the inside, for reasons why she had turned toward food for dealing with anxiety. Currently, she rides a bike to do her shopping, and runs a service called Banded Living that helps people deal with
life issues and obesity. Dr. Madan says that her progress is inspiring, and quite possible for others to obtain.

Dr Madan has written over 170 articles, and made the news in Memphis by performing the first laparoscopic gastric bypass in the city. He has performed over 2,000 weight loss surgeries, and was the first to recommend a non-surgical treatment for weight gain after surgery. At the University of Miami, Dr. Madan became the former Chief of Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery Division, confirming his expertise in the field. He also won the 2007 SAGES Young Investigator Award, and obtained honors by the American Medical Association Physican's Recognition Award. Dr. Madan's naturally high patient reviews culminated in the receipt of 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.dr-madan.com

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