Bariatric Surgery: Separating Fact from Fiction

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The $20 billion weight loss industry tries to convince the overweight that there is a magic bullet to shedding excess pounds. LAP-BAND VIP bariatric surgeon Dr. Hooman Shabatian explains that even with weight loss surgery, long term commitment is essential to losing weight and keeping it off.

No responsible physician would recommend any single method by itself as a sustainable weight loss method, and that includes weight loss surgery

Anyone interested in losing weight is drawn to the diet pills, commercials, and celebrity-endorsed products promising quick fixes. Without reading the fine print which often specifies “results not typical,” or similar warnings, it’s easy to be scammed. Weight loss takes time, effort, and consistency to be successful in the long run, even after bariatric surgery.

The LAP-BAND procedure is a minimally-invasive surgery which can lead to dramatic weight loss results. The surgery involves implanting an adjustable silicone ring around the upper part of the stomach which constricts food intake. Over time, weight loss is achieved through the patient following a strict follow-up diet plan and exercise program which focuses on losing up to two pounds per week. Along with weight loss, LAP-BAND Surgery can alleviate health complications such as hypertension, diabetes, and sleep apnea.

Potential candidates for weight loss surgery are 100 pounds or more over their ideal weight who have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight through traditional means. Not every obese person is suited for bariatric surgery, depending on their personal, psychological, and medical history. However, surgery is justified in many cases when the benefits outweigh potential risks.

“No responsible physician would recommend any single method by itself as a sustainable weight loss method, and that includes weight loss surgery,” said Dr. Shabatian. “Bariatric surgery is a tool to kick start weight loss, but it takes 100 percent commitment from the patient to see lasting results.”

Being well-informed is important before deciding to pursue weight loss surgery. No one method by itself is enough when it comes to significant weight loss, whether it’s diet, exercise, or even surgery. To educate patients, LAP-BAND VIP offers free seminars and consultations across southern California for patients who want to see if they qualify for the procedure. Educating patients about the potential risks and benefits is an important part of the Lap Band VIP treatment.


Dr. Hooman Shabatian obtained his medical degree from Chicago Medical School and started his surgical career with an internship at Cornell University associated with Lincoln Medical Center in New York. Dr. Shabatian performed his first LAP-BAND procedure in 2002 under the supervision of LAP-BAND pioneer Dr. Shayani at the Loyola University Medical School. Dr. Shabatian is a Board-Certified Surgeon and a member of the American College of Surgeons.

LAP-BAND VIP has a dedicated surgical and medical staff with extensive training and expertise perfected through years of practice. Our staff provides unparalleled, personalized service for all individuals in their weight loss journey. To learn more about LAP-BAND VIP and to schedule your free consultation, visit or call (800) 561-9000.

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