LAP-BAND® Surgery Offers Safe, Effective Alternative to Medical Weight Loss

From two of the Nation's Leading LAP-BAND Surgeons: Dr. J. Keith Wright and Dr. Gerardo Carcamo

The LAP-BAND® System offers a proven alternative to the various types of medical weight loss programs. Many of these programs involve products considered supplements, not drugs, and therefore have not gone through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process.

Everyone would love a miracle medical weight loss treatment program for obesity. Unfortunately there is none. However, LAP-BAND® System weight loss surgery is an answer for those who have unsuccessfully tried many other types of weight loss programs.

The follow-up Support Groups that South Texas Surgeons provides for LAP-BAND® System surgery patients teaches you how to design your eating plan and enables you to experience successful, permanent weight loss. The only way to lose weight is by restricting calorie intake and consuming a balanced diet focusing on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain products, lean meats and limited fats, sugars, and simple carbohydrates such as white bread.

There Are Many Approaches Without Proven Long Term Results

Today there are many diets on the market, such as those providing prepackaged meals, or a fixed-menu diet. They are expensive, lack fresh foodstuffs and do not teach you to change your approach to nutrition. Other types of medical weight loss management include medical nutrition therapy; physician supervised, beverage-based protein sparing fasts; consumption of natural or pharmaceutical appetite suppressants or herbal extracts, and other over-the counter products promising dramatic weight losses. A majority of the time, only your wallet becomes thinner.

Unfortunately, many people who follow the medical weight loss models have problems following an eating program by themselves and eventually regain lost weight, some even putting on additional pounds. More and more employer-provided insurance programs are approving LAP-BAND® System surgeries for morbidly obese patients. South Texas Surgeons staff can assist you seek insurance approval or identify other possible funding sources.

With more than 65% of Americans overweight and nearly one in three considered as clinically obese, another facet of this pervasive health problem is related to the nation’s employers. They pay a heavy price in direct health care costs, life and disability insurance outlays, and reduced productivity.

Obesity Related Health Problems Cost Employers

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, some impressive statistics relating to the financial impact of obesity and the workplace:

  • $93 billion in direct medical costs
  • $3.4 billion annually in sick leave costs
  • $2.5 billion annually in obesity-related life insurance spending
  • $1.1 billion spent annually on disability insurance spending.

Obesity can actually double an employer’s annual health care costs, from an average outlay of $4,016 for a normal weight employer, to $8,359 for obese employee with a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or more. Obese individuals are at greater risk of developing type-2 diabetes, suffer more heart attacks and strokes, and are also more vulnerable to depression, arthritis and certain types of cancer.

Initiating a weight reduction campaign using diet pills can be very fast and productive. But, on the other hand, they also can be dangerous and harmful. The latest research has found that common pills such as phentermine may cause heart problems and blood pressure issues.

Consider the Comprehensive LAP-BAND® System from South Texas Surgeons in San Antonio for Permanent Weight Loss

South Texas Surgeons in San Antonio has a comprehensive LAP-BAND® System program designed to help those battling to lose weight and lead healthier lives. We enable you to become healthier by offering you the tools to successfully lose weight and keep it off, and by sharing our knowledge, expertise and guidance through all phases of your journey to a normal, comfortable weight.

We believe that weight loss and weight maintenance are complex, and find that the LAP-BAND® System, together with postoperative education covering nutritional, emotional and social topics, set the stage for lifelong success to maintain a healthy weight. Call South Texas Surgeons—San Antonio's top Lap Band surgery specialists—today at (210) 220-1726 and start on your journey to a new you.