Dr Oz: Weight Loss Surgery & Lap Band Surgery


Dr Oz Weight Loss Surgery

Dr Oz: Are You A Candidate For Weight Loss Surgery?

Doctor Oz did a show called Are You A Candidate For Weight Loss Surgery?  According to new FDA Regulations, if you are an average height woman and 30 pounds overweight, you could be eligible now for Lap Band Surgery.  Lap Band Surgery will help 25 million people lose weight and keep it off, but is this new regulation the green flag we have been waiting for?  Or is it the worst idea ever?  Also, click here to read about the experiences and successes that two women had with the Lap Band Procedure: Dr Oz: Lap Band Surgery

Dr Oz: Weight Loss Surgery

Dr Oz said that 72 million adults are currently fighting obesity and 200,000 have had Weight Loss Surgeries.  In Gastric Surgery an elastic band is placed around Dr Oz Weight Loss Surgerythe top of the stomach.  You used to need a BMI of 40 or above and to be obese to get the Lap Band Surgery, but the FDA has broadened their approval so that people can get it if they have a BMI of 30 along with a health-related issue from their weight like Diabetes or High Blood Pressure.  Is Gastric Bypass Surgery the safest and most effective way to lose weight though?

Dr Oz: Gastric Surgery

Doctor Oz brought onto his show two ladies – Vanessa and Kathy – who are considering Gastric Banding Surgery.  Vanessa said she has tried every diet but nothing works for her, and she has gained an extra 25 pounds since she stopped smoking.  Vanessa is Diabetic and has lots of questions about the Lap Band Surgery, but she is highly considering it.  Kathy weighs 200 pounds and said that whenever she loses 10-20 pounds, she gains all the weight right back so it is a losing battle.  Kathy also said that she has High Blood Pressure.  Many people say that these ladies are not fat enough, but they want to know why should they wait until they are morbidly obese to take action?

Dr Oz: How Gastric Banding Works

Dr Oz said that Gastric Band Surgeries work by taking a plastic band and wrapping it around the top of your stomach.  The band is attached to a cord which has a circular shaped input that is placed beneath the surface of your skin.  Then after the Lap Band Surgery, liquid can be injected into the circular input beneath your skin to tighten the band around your stomach.  This same location under your skin can be used to tighten or loosen the band which will allow more or less food to pass through into your stomach.

Dr Oz: Lap Band Surgery Debate

Doctor Oz brought on two people who have completely different views on using Lap Band Surgery for people who are not morbidly obese.  Dr Louis J Aronne, Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell, said that by allowing people who are not yet morbidly obese to do Lap Band Surgery, you catch people when they are in a good place but there is still a lot of risk.  These people often are already sick with things like Heart Disease, Diabetes and Sleep Apnea.  Studies have shown that people will lose 40 pounds with the Lap Band Surgery and at least 3/4 of them will no longer have their health-related problems.  So why wait until someone gets really sick?  The more weight you gain, the harder it becomes to control your weight.


  1. Tina Berlinghieri says

    Hi my name is Tina, I just watched the show on Lap Band Surgery. I do not think that the show depicted the truth about the surgery. I had the Lap Band Surgery done about 19 months ago and have lost 150 lbs. The two women who were on the stage gave the lap band a bad name….I believe that their bands were too tight for the amount of food that they atre able to ingest. I feel that if I had seen your show prior to my surgery it would have deterred me from having thje surgery. I don’t believe that those women showed the Lap Band any justice!

  2. Rebecca says

    I am 38 years old and 5′ 9. I had an Allergen Lap-band placed 30 months ago (Sept 2008) and point blank -it works. I have been a relatively active person even though heavy most of the time and went through years of yo-yo dieting. I have done Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers (losing about 30 pounds at an attempt), Atkins (lost 80 lbs), and even to more drastic things such as ear stapling and injecting myself with HCG. They all produced various degrees of weight loss but I could never keep the weight off. My top weight was 270 lbs before the band. With the lapband, I have lost down to 160 lbs. A great weight for me. I am now able to do the things I love physically. Since my surgery, I have completed 6 half marathons and one triathlon and many 5K’s. I will continue to eat healthy and move the band has allowed me to maintain eating healthy portions. I have had relatively little complications and lead a support group for my Surgeon’s practice. I have not had one patient express a wish they had not had surgery. It has changed our lives. We celebrate all the little things we could not do before such as play with our children, sit on a bus seat, cross-our legs and find new uses for our medicine cabinet. Most of the individuals in our group have been able to stop taking their medicine for Diabetes, Cholesterol, and High Blood Pressure within a few months of having surgery. The men in our group have achieved some amazing goals as well. This is a healthy weight loss solution. It is not a fast solution 1-2 pounds per week is what recommended and generally what is seen in the people I support. This has worked for me and I only wish I had done it sooner.

  3. says

    Someone told me dr Oz said on tv today that diabetics can get lap bands free?Is this true?
    I am a type2 hypetensive sleep apnea herniated disc in back and neck and have no insurance.
    please can you help me.

  4. says

    Jamie, I think the person who watched Dr Oz’s show misunderstood. The Lap Band Surgery is now “free” in that it is covered by many insurance companies if you meet certain new requirements, but everyone has to discuss it with their insurance company since they all work differently. It sounds like you could qualify depending on the insurance company and as long as you are more than 30 pounds overweight since you have type 2 Diabetes.

  5. Katie says

    I am a 24 year old women. I have been over weight my whole life and no thats not a easy thing to say but i have always been teased about my weight, looked at like theres something wrong with me always being judged by the world. I have tried all kinds of diet pills, shakes, gum, bars, exersize, eating healthy and eating nothing at all, but nothing works. I love myself dearly but I am not happy with my weight and has consered surgery but i dont know what weight loss surgery would be best.

  6. veronica says

    I did the lap band in 2004 although there are times i have difficulty swallowing food and it was a slow process and had to work hard to get where im at. 2 weeks ago i was officially 100lbs lighter tthan i was in 2004. If u really have no other option this is the surgery to consider

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