LA Bariatrics at Marina Del Rey Hospital Awards Local Woman Free Lap-Band as Part of Weight-Loss Transformation Contest

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, for one lucky Los Angeles resident, her “picture” is worth a life-saving transformation, and it only took 500 words. L.A. Bariatrics at Marina Del Rey Hospital is proud to announce that Theresa Nelson is the winner of its Weight-Loss Transformation contest. She will receive a free LAP-BAND surgery and lifetime postoperative care.

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We are fortunate enough to give Theresa this unique opportunity to change her life forever, and we are excited and privileged to be a part of it.

The Weight-Loss Transformation contest took place from April 4-30, 2011. Prospective patients were asked to submit a compelling 500 word essay that explained why they should be chosen to receive a free weight-loss surgery. A select panel consisting of L.A. Bariatrics at Marina Del Rey Hospital health care professionals read each submission before selecting the winner.

“Today, more than 30% of California residents are classified as obese and are medically qualified for bariatric surgery. However, the economic downturn combined with the challenge in obtaining insurance approval is preventing many eligible Southern California residents from receiving this highly effective therapy,” said Dr. Jeremy Korman, Medical Director of L.A. Bariatrics at Marina Del Rey Hospital. “We are fortunate enough to give Theresa this unique opportunity to change her life forever, and we are excited and privileged to be a part of it.”

Since the birth of her three children, Theresa has struggled with obesity and its health-related challenges. She is currently on medication for Type II diabetes and high blood pressure. Theresa considered bariatric surgery for several years but struggled with insurance approval. She went back to dieting, but the results were short-lived. On her way to work one day, Theresa heard a radio commercial for Marina Del Rey Hospital’s Weight-Loss Transformation contest, and she applied the very same day. On May 20, Theresa received a phone call informing her that she was selected as the winner. She will undergo a complete medical screening at Marina Del Rey Hospital to determine her eligibility for surgery as well as meet with a psychologist, physical therapist, and dietitian to ensure she is physically and mentally prepared to make the lifestyle changes associated with weight-loss surgery.

“As a single parent, I want to be the best mother I can be to my three sons. Sometimes when we are out, I can’t fully participate in all their activities because I get tired so easily. My sons have never seen me skinny. This is what I am looking forward to the most – being at a healthy weight for my sons.”

Theresa knows the surgery will require sacrifice, but she is looking forward to the challenge. “I’m ready to change my life and do what I have to do because the end result will be worth it,” she said.

L.A. Bariatrics at Marina Del Rey Hospital is certified by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a “Center of Excellence.” Dr. Korman is a leading expert in the field of bariatric medicine and he has performed more than 1,000 procedures on patients throughout the country. He is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in performing laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, adjustable gastric banding for adults and teenagers, sleeve gastrecomy and revision surgery, which includes state of the art endoluminal surgery, or incision-less gastric surgery.

The surgery is scheduled to take place in June at Marina Del Rey Hospital. Theresa will be sharing her post-surgery weight-loss progress with the world through photos, videos, and blog entries on the LA Bariatrics web site:

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. LA Bariatrics, the bariatric surgery program at Marina Del Rey Hospital, offers patients an astounding level of care by a multidisciplinary medical team. As a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, this Los Angeles 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 LA Bariatrics and 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. The LA Bariatrics team combines exceptional surgical outcomes with nutritional, psychosocial and exercise support for all patients within the program.

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