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The Last New Year's Resolution to Lose Weight (and save money) That You'll Ever Need?

Posted Dec 13 2010 8:48pm

Approximatley 40 to 45% of American adult make one or more new year's resolutions on December 31st.   Among the top new years resolutions are weight loss, exercise, and stopping smoking.   Also popular are resolutions dealing with better money management / debt reduction.


Press releases issued by Hospital Angeles last week and this week announce programs that will assist people in meeting two of the most common goals - weight loss and better money management - by expanding its internationally well-regarded bariatric surgery program to include $7,500 Gastric Plication and $5,000 LAP-BAND all-inclusive medical travel specials good through the holiday season.


Patients must schedule gastric plication or LAP-BAND by January 31st 2011, and have the procedure by March 1, 2011, to receive the special pricing.


While a lot of people who make new years resolutions do break them (about 70% of  people keep their resolution for the first 2 weeks; by six months, this falls to 50%), research shows that making resolutions is useful. People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions.


Is Weight Loss Surgery "The Easy Way Out?"

A recent spate diet pills has failed to receive FDA approval, which limits options for the increasing overweight Americans, making weight loss surgery, particularly noninvasive options such as gastric banding and gastric plication, will continue to become more of a frontline option rather than a last resort.


On Wednesday, the FDA acknowledged that a new study by Allergan demonstrates that obese patients having the LAP BAND procedure experienced statistically significant weight loss.    An advisory committee to the FDA is currently evaluating a request to lower the BMI requirements to qualify for the gastric banding procedure.


Many obesity experts agree that weight loss surgery has proven to be the only way many obese people can achieve and maintain a significant weight loss, and argue that the proven safety of  non-invasive restrictive procedures like LAP-BAND (and, more recently, the Gastric Plication)  justifies a change in the safety thresholds set by the National Institutes of Health in 1991.


If the FDA agrees to lower the obesity requirement required for adjustable gastric banding surgery, millions of Americans will be newly qualified for the non-invasive procedure. Allergan has proposed lowering the BMI requirement to 30, which is the limit currently accepted for the Hospital Angeles LAP-BAND surgery program. 


Dr. Lopez Corvala i s an Allergan-certified gastroenterologist surgeon, and the President of the Mexican Association of Endoscopic Surgery, as well as  an internationally recognized professor of bariatrics and a regular presenter at bariatric conferences, including the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Conference on Extreme Bariatric Surgery held in February 2010. He has held four gastric plicaiton surgical training sessions at Hospital Angeles Tijuana in 2010; seven additional sessions are planned for 2011.


About the NEW Gastric Plication, or Gastric Pleat

Gastric Plication is a new restrictive weight loss surgery procedure that involves no devices or stomach resection (restriction is accomplished with the use of non-absorbable suturing) while offering patients faster, more intense weight loss than is observed with gastric banding.


In September 2010 Dr. Lopez Corvala, gastroenterologist surgeon at Hospital Angeles Tijuana, presented findings from more than 100 gastric plication findings at the 15th Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO). Patients are offered a chance to attend a free webinar with the Angeles medical team to ask questions about the procedure.


Dr. Lopez-Corvala reported his findings about the gastric plication procedure support earlier clinical data reported at the Euro-Mediterranean & Middle East laparoscopic meeting. SFCE-MMESA held in Bordeaux-France November 13-15, 200, as well as the Bariatric Times (Laparoscopic Greater Curvature Plication: An Alternative Restrictive Bariatric Procedure , May 2010).


The gastric plication procedure requires about 60 minutes of operating time and 24-48 hours of recovery. Patients are required to have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or higher to qualify.


Weight Loss Surgery Programs at Hospital Angeles

Hospital Angeles Tijuana has become a preferred destination for weight loss surgery among international patients since opening in 2006, in part because its state-of-the-art facilities are located just 20 minutes from downtown San Diego. Patients of the Angeles Health International weight loss surgery medical travel program receive free round-trip transport from San Diego International airport as part of their all-inclusive price.


Hospital Angeles Tijuana is part of the largest private hospital network in Mexico, with 116 private rooms and suites, 12 operating suites, 8 ICU units, and 24x7 English-speaking surgeon, nurse and on-site international patient concierge availability, as well as the offices of more than 130 board-certified specialists.


Patients can submit a secure online personal medical profile to assess their candidacy for the  gastric plication or LAP-BAND surgery.


Adolescent candidates are accepted but must meet special requirements including strong parental involvement and commitment.

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