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Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

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There are several surgical weight loss options available today and there is no need to worry about making the decision on your own. Making the decision to commit to weight loss surgery can seem frightening, confusing and intimidating. Dr. Neil Floch, Dr. Craig Floch, and Dr. Abe Fridman will guide you in selecting the weight loss surgery best suited for your needs. Our surgeons are recognized as expert bariatric surgeons in Connecticut who offer the highest standard of surgical care in laparoscopic weight loss surgery. Our practice, Fairfield County Bariatrics, has performed over 4500 weight loss procedures and is recognized as a Center of Excellence® in Connecticut and recognized throughout the country. The programs in the hospitals in which they operate; Norwalk Hospital Weight Loss Surgery Program and Saint Vincent’s Bariatric Surgery Program are equally recognized as Centers of Excellence®. We are now also preforming weight loss surgery at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut.

Together with their staff, Dr. Neil Floch, Dr. Craig Floch, and Dr. Abe Fridman will provide a comprehensive and multi-dimensional weight loss program that will address all aspects of your life. We will provide postoperative nutritional and psychological support, which are essential components to the success of The Fairfield County Bariatrics Program. Counseling in these areas contribute to our patients’ success in achieving and maintaining their goals. Monthly support groups and preoperative and postoperative nutritional assistance by a registered dietician, specializing in helping obese patients achieve their desired weight loss and achieve optimal health are major ingredients of our program. We will start you on an exercise program that is unique to your needs.

Our program is designed to not only help you lose the weight, but keep it off as you experience long term success.

LAPAROSCOPIC ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BANDING in Connecticut

Gastric BypassA laparoscopic adjustable silicone band (Realize Band™ or LAP-BAND® system) is placed laparoscopically around the top portion of the stomach. This results in a loss of weight because of the restriction it creates in the amount of food the patient can eat and the decrease in hunger that the patient senses. Unlike other procedures, gastric banding does not require any cutting or removal of any part of the digestive system and is a reversible procedure.

The amount of food and speed of eating are reduced as food slowly empties into the narrow opening to the remainder of the stomach. Since the size of the stomach that receives the food has been reduced by the band, it has a very limited capacity for food and the patient will feel satiated when it is full. The tubing around the stomach is connected to a port that is stitched to the belly wall on top of the muscles. The skin is then closed. The band can then be adjusted through this port to meet the patient’s weight loss and nutritional requirements.

An average of 60% of excess body weight loss can be expected over 5 years with this procedure. This weight loss can be maintained with
post-operative lifestyle behavior changes including diet, exercise and band maintenance. Patients can expect to meet with the doctor or physician assistant at least once a month for the first year, to have, or determine, the need for a band adjustment. One of the keys to success is frequent doctor follow-up and assistance. Our bariatric surgeon will always keep you as a patient and will want to follow your progress for at least five years, if not for life.

Advantages:

Less invasive; less pain • No stapling, cutting, or intestinal rerouting • Adjustable • Reversible • Low complication rate • Lowest morbidity and mortality rate of all bariatric surgeries • Low malnutrition risk

Disadvantages:

Slower initial weight loss than gastric bypass • Regular follow-up critical for optimal results • Nausea and vomiting • Gas and bloating • Depression and psychological distress

Complications:

Pulmonary embolism is rare • Rare band Erosion • Band slippage less than 5% • Leakage • Hemorrhage • Pneumonia • Wound and port problems • Infection • Urinary Tract Infection • Mortality risk is equal to less than gallbladder surgery

Fairfield County Bariatrics will to try to make your decision to have this surgery come true. Please visit with us at one of our free seminars. You can view the seminar schedule and register for the seminar on this website: www.endtheweight.com. Many weight loss surgical procedures are covered by health insurance. Every plan is different and benefits are constantly changing. Our insurance experts will acquire the necessary information and help you through the process of getting approved for your procedure. If it is determined that you do not have the coverage, please don’t be discouraged. Our office can provide you with various financing options. We can direct you to financing companies who specialize in funding surgical procedures. The procedure can also be paid in full or on a payment plan that is right for your personal situation.

You are welcome to call our office and we will supply you with a free insurance evaluation. We are here to assist and support you from your initial decision, to the actual surgery and the after care for your long-term weight loss. Our staff will carry you through the process and minimize your fears, pressures and help you overcome your concerns.

Our weight loss surgery team makes the long term care of your weight loss easy and guides you on a lifelong path to freedom from obesity that is safe, enjoyable and satisfying.

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