FDA Approves Expanded Use of LAP-BAND®

On February 16, 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the expanded use of the LAP-BAND® System, Allergan’s gastric band, for adults with obesity who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as diet, exercise and pharmacotherapy, and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30-40 and at least one obesity related comorbid condition.

The National Institute for Health deems weight loss surgery the only effective means of treating obesity on a long-term basis and we are pleased that gastric banding with the LAP-BAND system is now an option for patients with a lower BMI.

Newsletter - April 2011

Water: Why is it Good for You?

Water is essential to good health. It helps your body to:

  • Regulate body temperature
  • Lubricate joints
  • Lessen the burden on kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products
  • Carry nutrients and oxygen to cells
  • Prevent constipation
  • Protect organs and tissue accessible to the body

Remember to drink more water!!

Newsletter - April 2011

Lisa's Story

  • Location: Nesconset, NY
  • Age: 46
  • Total Weight Lost: 133 lbs
  • Surgery date: 11/28/2006
  • Pre-surgery BMI: 44
  • Current BMI: 23

“Before I had my surgery, my life was extremely unfulfilling. I was so uncomfortable with myself and my appearance I choose not to attend many functions and activities. I was unable to keep up with my children, my friends and my family. My life now is so much more complete then before. I am able to do all of the things I had dreamed of. I can walk and climb stairs without getting winded, I can fit in an airplane and theater seat comfortably, and I am not in constant pain.”

Thomas

Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole

Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert

Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha

Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Eileen

Lost 99lbs