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 the 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.