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On March 10, 2009, Dr. Ernest Rehnke from Palms of Pasadena Hospital created a live video of a lap band procedure. Dr Rehnke shows his undoubted expertise in the operating room as he describes the entire lap band procedure clearly.
He begins the video by stating some extraordinary facts about obesity and the death rate caused by obesity...
Here is a transcript of the rest of the video...
"The average of age of death in US through morbid obesity is 55 and there over 400,000 deaths a year due to obesity.
The reason to have obesity surgery is to get yourself healthy. They have a disease that is killing them which needs to be treated.
By placing a restrictive band at the top of stomach it makes a new little stomach so that when someone eats, within a few bites that new little stomach gets full.
After surgery most people are ready to get up and go in to full activity within 2 - 3 days.
The best thing is that it's the patients that are curing themselves and I'm giving them the tool to do that."
The video shows the lap band procedure and how Dr Rehnke navigates through to the stomach by cutting down through muscle and fat, then moving past the left side of the liver to gain access to the stomach.
The lap bands come in 2 different sizes. The lap band procedure involves placing a band in to position around the very top of the stomach. It is then locked in to position and checked to see that it rotates easily. The tubing is then pulled back out of the abdomen where it is connected to a permanent port which is then inserted back in to the abdomen where it stays through a slightly larger incision.
The lap band procedure involves fitting an adjustable band that slips around the upper part of a patient’s stomach to restrict the space available for food. It gives similar results as a gastric bypass but it has the benefits of being adjustable, less invasive and above all else reversible which means it can be taken out at some point in the future.
If you would like to find out more about the lap band procedure and how to have one fitted yourself or for more information about lap band surgery, any other surgical weight loss options, or about Dr. Ernest Rehnke, then go check out the Bariatric Care Center at Palms of Pasadena Hospital's website at http://www.obesitynomorefl.com