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Health Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery at LAP-BAND VIP Persist for Years After the Procedure


Obesity is a costly condition affecting one-third of Americans. Similar to quitting smoking, the benefits from losing weight through bariatric surgery offered at LAP-BAND VIP in Los Angeles are long-lasting. New research proves that patients at high risk for developing diabetes reduce their chance of diabetes by nearly 90 percent.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 25, 2012

Whether they've been banded or stapled, patients experience the health benefits of weight loss surgery last for years, according to a September 2012 study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. LAP-BAND VIP patients who are committed to losing weight can expect to have a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related complications, such as hypertension, asthma, and sleep apnea.

The LAP-BAND procedure involves implanting a silicone ring around the top portion of the stomach which constricts food intake. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, nutrient absorption does not change after the procedure because the stomach is left intact and there is no rerouting of the intestines. People who are 100 pounds or more over their ideal body weight are considered potential LAP-BAND candidates.

The short-term benefits of weight loss surgery are the most widely known, as patients can expect to lose a significant portion of their body weight within the first year following surgery. The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study on the long-term benefits of weight loss surgery by examining patients six years later. They determined that bariatric surgery can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes by 78 percent in at-risk adults when compared to obese patients who opted not to have surgery. The highest risk patients had even better results, with their odds of developing diabetes slashed by 87 percent.

The findings showed that for every 13 patients who had bariatric surgery, 10 were living free of type 2 diabetes. This suggests that weight loss surgery could be the best attempt at preventing a dangerous disease, said Los Angeles weight loss surgeon Dr. Hooman Shabatian.

“Type 2 diabetes, which is typically associated with obesity, can cause devastating effects such as blindness, lower-limb amputation or kidney failure,” said Dr. Shabatian. “A less invasive weight loss procedure, such as the LAP-BAND surgery, is a preferable option for those struggling with diabetes and its harmful side effects.”

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body has a limited ability to control blood sugar. Approximately 26 million Americans are affected with type 2 diabetes and another 80 million are pre-diabetic. Diabetics have double the risk of death compared to people without the condition and face much higher medical bills. The number of diabetics in the U.S. will only climb in the coming years, with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention estimating that by the year 2030, 40 percent of Americans will be obese.

Although Dr. Shabatian said the results of the study are hopeful, long-term effectiveness of the LAP-BAND surgery is still unproven. Patients must be diligent in the follow-up diet and exercise programs to be successful if they want to maintain their weight loss and prevent the recurrence of obesity-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Hooman Shabatian obtained his medical degree from Chicago Medical School and started his surgical career with an internship at Cornell University associated with Lincoln Medical Center in New York. Dr. Shabatian performed his first LAP-BAND procedure in 2002 under the supervision of LAP-BAND pioneer Dr. Shayani at the Loyola University Medical School. Dr. Shabatian is a Board-Certified Surgeon and a member of the American College of Surgeons.

LAP-BAND VIP has a dedicated surgical and medical staff with extensive training and expertise perfected through years of practice. Our staff provides unparalleled, personalized service for all individuals in their weight loss journey. To learn more about LAP-BAND VIP and to schedule your free consultation, visit or call (800) 561-9000.

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