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We also offer the Lap-Band as an alternative surgery for weight loss. In fact, St. Thomas More Hospital, in Cañon City, premiered the procedure the same year it was approved in the United States by the FDA. The Lap-Band is minimally invasive, adjustable and reversible, and is done as outpatient surgery. Like a wristwatch, the silicone band is fastened around the upper stomach to create a new, tiny stomach pouch. As a result, patients experience an earlier sensation of fullness and are satisfied with smaller amounts of food.
The band is adjusted at regular intervals to meet individual patient weight loss needs. This can be done in the physician's office. After an initial rapid weight loss, patients will lose approximately 1-2 pounds per week. Patients must be prepared to make lifestyle changes and maintain those changes, as well as have regular follow-up sessions with their surgeon for the adjustments. Patients must meet the same National Institutes of Health criteria as for the Gastric Bypass procedure.
Our surgery department has extensive experience working with this procedure. Your surgeon can provide you with more information on the Lap-Band Procedure.
For more information about physicians available, call 719-285-2211.
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