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Surgical Training Sessions Give Patients Unique Chance to Save on Weight Loss Surgery

Posted Nov 23 2010 4:46pm

Holidays are a time when our thoughts turn to family, celebrations and resolutions for the coming year .  According to a survey by Harris Interactive (sponsored by Weight Watchers)  about half (45%) of U.S. women say losing weight  is their top resolution; about 39% of men over age 40 share the resolution.


Almost all (97%) say they think they will need some assistance to keep their resolution.  The National Institutes of Health issued a consensus statement declaring that  bariatric surgery is an option for people who are severely obese and cannot lose weight by traditional means or who suffer from serious obesity-related health problems such as Type 2 diabetes. Obesity is recognized by the WHO as a disease that is the principle cause of not just Type 2 Diabetes, but also coronary artery disease, stroke, gallbladder disease as well as several kinds of cancer. 


Other obesity comorbidities include diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, degenerative joint disease, sleep apnea, low pack pain, gastroesophageal reflux disease, stress incontinence, high cholesterol and triglyceride levels and depression. Obesity surgery can have an immediate and positive impact on many of these condtions.


Many hospitals that specialize in obesity surgery offer patients motivation to lose weight through have bariatric surgery by reducing the price of their bariatric surgery programs during the holidays.  Today, Hospital Angeles published a press release offering weight loss surgery patients a chance to participate in a LAP BAND surgical training session scheduled by leading gastroenterologist surgeon Dr. Juan Lopez Corvala, who has performed more than 6,000 LAP BANDS on US patients since 2006.  For the session, patients will have all surgical fees waived, reducing more more than 40% the typical cost for LAP-BAND surgery. 


This is the fourth of twelve training sessions held by the Angeles obesity surgical team.


The hospital is also offering its innovative new Gastric Pleat surgery for $7500 through the holidays.  The Gastric Pleat, also called Gastric Plication, is a new restrictive technique for patients unable to tolerate adjustable gastric banding.  The use of nonabsorbable sutures rather than devices greatly reduces the risk of complications, and provides patients with greater and faster weight loss than with the band - typically, weight loss is equal to what patients of the more invasive gastric bypass procedure experience. 


"Typically we receive twice the inquiries about weight loss surgery over the holiday season," says a hospital spokesperson. "Because we are doing more surgeries, we are able to spread the efficiencies across a greater number of patients and offer lower pricing, so more patients can afford the procedure."


To qualify for either proceudre patients must have a BMI (body mass index) greater than 30. 





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