Archbold Bariatric Weight Loss Program and LapBand® Surgery
The Archbold Bariatric Weight Loss Program offers the most comprehensive range of weight loss services available in the region. This unique program is designed to help patients achieve their weight loss goals, improve their overall health and enhance their quality of life.
The Program offers a comprehensive range of individualized weight loss services and features a weight loss surgery component, commonly referred to as Lap-Band® or bariatric surgery.
Through an initial evaluation and comprehensive nutritional and weight history assessment, the Bariatric Weight Loss Team works with patients to identify obstacles to successful weight management and makes medical recommendations for the best individualized weight loss program offered by Archbold.
How does the program work?
Archbold physicians, nurses and clinical staff create a supportive environment and guide each patient through the medical nutritional and psychological program components, tailored to each patient’s individual needs.
The recommended method of treatment depends on a patient’s level of obesity, overall health condition, and readiness to lose weight.
A nurse will meet with you during your initial visit to discuss your medical history and your previous attempts to lose weight.
A physician will meet with you to discuss your past medical history and current health status. The physician will determine the appropriate program for you at this time.
Psychological counseling serves as the backbone for the patient support system — a critical component for patients to achieve long term weight loss success. Patients must receive psychological clearance prior to qualifying for weight loss surgery, and post surgery support is available through individual and group therapy sessions.
Once you have committed to the Archbold Bariatric Weight Loss Program, met with the nurse, physician, and psychologist, weight loss surgery may be recommended.
The Team will guide you through the remaining steps prior to surgery:
- Final medical clearance by the physician
- Surgical consult with the Lap-Band® surgeon
- Nutritional evaluation with a Registered Dietitian
To ensure your continued success the Program is designed to provide nutritional, emotional and physical support after Lap-Band® surgery. Post-surgery support includes:
- Post-op check with the Surgeon approximately 2 weeks after surgery.
- First Lap-Band® fill and dietitian visit 6 weeks after the surgery.
- Physician visits (6-8) in the first year to monitor weight loss and overall health status.
- Dietitian visits for nutritional counseling periodically for the first year after surgery.
- Periodic Lap-Band® adjustments as needed for appropriate weight loss.
Lap-Band® Support Group
A strong support system will help you stay positive, focused and motivated. Patients are encouraged to attend monthly Lap-Band® support group meetings to discuss and reinforce successful strategies that promote continued and permanent weight loss.
Is Lap-Band® Surgery right for you?
Before you can use the Lap-Band® System to help you lose weight you must qualify medically.
Lap-Band® may be right for you if:
- Your body mass index is at least 40 or your BMI is 35 or higher with one or more obesity-related health condition
- You are at least 100 lbs overweight
- You are at least 21 years old
- You have been overweight for 5 or more years
- Your serious weight loss attempts have had only short-term success
- You are not currently suffering from any other disease that may have caused your excess weight
- You are prepared to make major changes in your eating habits and lifestyle
To learn more about Lap-Band Surgery at Archbold visit www.archbold.org/weightlosssurgery.
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