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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.


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!!


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.”

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What our patients are saying

“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My results are incredible; I can go to any store and find clothes that fit, I don’t have to go to the big and tall store anymore. My family and friends say I look great, but more so are so happy about my health. Definitely go for it, it is well worth it."

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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*Individual results may vary.

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