Will 2012 Be Your Year for Weight Loss Surgery?

Now that 2012 is here, it’s time to make a resolution that will have a lasting impact on your health and happiness. Obesity is a serious condition and is a leading cause of death is in the United States. Weight loss from obesity is a goal for many people each year; however, it can be very difficult to face alone.@Glowimages BLD027566.

Will this year be your year for weight loss surgery? At St. Pete General Hospital we offer Lap-Band weight loss surgery, which has helped many people who have suffered from obesity and weight-related health problems.


What is Lap-Banding?

This is a minimally invasive procedure geared toward reducing the intake of food over a period of time. Many people choose this procedure over gastric bypass because not only is it FDA approved, but it’s also reversible and adjustable.


What are some benefits to Lap-Banding?

Patients who undergo the Lap-Band procedure are affected in a big way. They find that the procedure is a significant weight reducer; helps control weight-related health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and diabetes; improves all-around quality of living; and boosts self-esteem.


Will I lose weight immediately?

The weight loss is slow and steady after surgery. An average of 1-2 pounds weekly is a normal expectation for weight loss in the beginning. You will find that less food will satisfy you, and eventually you will begin forming better eating habits to promote further weight loss. It all depends on your medical conditions and weight loss goals.


Can the Lap-Band be adjusted?

During certain situations, such as a pregnancy when more food is required, the Lap-Band can be adjusted. This usually occurs by administering a needle into the device and pumping saline solution in or out of the Lap-Band, therefore adjusting its size. Your physician will be able to consult with you on situations where adjustment is necessary.


How do I begin?

At St. Petersburg General, we have an excellent bariatric surgery program and would be happy to begin discussing options with you. Feel free to use our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at 1-888-741-5122 to schedule an appointment or visit us online. To view video testimonials of Lap-Band success stories from our hospital, click here.


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