Weight Loss Surgery Now Safer and More Popular than Ever Before

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While weight loss surgery candidates have justified concerns about going under the knife, the LAP-BAND procedure is the safest, least invasive bariatric surgery method available to combat obesity. Los Angeles bariatric surgeon Dr. Shahram Salimitari advises on the benefits and health concerns of weight loss surgery.

The fact that bariatric surgery has such a low mortality rate suggests a high degree of safety compared to the public perception about the risks of weight loss surgery.

Every year, more than 200,000 obese patients pursue stomach-shrinking procedures to lose weight after diet and exercise have failed to deliver lasting results. Although it is important to note that all surgeries have potential risks and complications, The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) reports that bariatric surgery is no riskier than other common abdominal procedures. This data was reported at the 29th annual ASMBS meeting in June and released by BOLD, the Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database, a collection of patient information relating to the outcomes of bariatric surgery.

LAP-BAND surgery involves implanting an adjustable silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach. The procedure differs from other bariatric surgeries in that there is absolutely no cutting or stapling of the stomach, no rerouting of the intestines, and it is fully reversible. Constricting the stomach allows the patient to lose up to two pounds per week with the supervision of an aftercare team comprised of a LAP-BAND surgeon and a nutritionist. Throughout every step of the procedure, from the free LAP-BAND VIP consultation to the surgery itself and aftercare, the staff is present to monitor patient progress.

“The fact that bariatric surgery has such a low mortality rate suggests a high degree of safety compared to the public perception about the risks of weight loss surgery,” said LAP-BAND VIP bariatric surgeon and ASMBS Affiliate Member Dr. Shahram Salimitari. Dr. Salimitari and all LAP-BAND VIP surgeons are certified by Allergan, the makers of the LAP-BAND device.

The risks associated with LAP-BAND surgery include but are not limited to band slippage, erosion, and deflation. Infection at the site of the port may also occur, which is the area where saline is injected to tighten or loosen the band. LAP-BAND VIP closely follows safety standards set by ASMBS which set criteria for safety and quality of care. Other measures to ensure the best possible outcome include the use of state-of-the-art equipment and protocols for patient follow-up and measuring surgical outcomes.

Often, the benefits of weight loss surgery far outweigh the possible side effects and complications. A 2007 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that gastric bypass patients reduced their risk of death within a seven year period by 40 percent compared to people who did not have the surgery. Lifespan is usually increased because significant weight loss usually lowers the incidence of obesity-related health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.

“Many patients go off medications they have been on for years to manage comorbid conditions such as sleep apnea or asthma,” said Dr. Salimitari. “For most patients, the benefits they can expect to receive from bariatric surgery far outweigh the potential risks or complications.”

Dr. Shahram Salimitari obtained a medical degree from the Chicago Medical School and undertook his General Surgery residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago. He continued his training with a fellowship in minimally-invasive surgery at the University of South Florida. He specializes in weight loss surgery with a focus in gastric banding procedures.

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 http://www.lapbandvip.com or call (800) 561-9000.

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