Morbid Obesity is a serious disease affecting more than 9 million Americans nationwide. A person diagnosed with this condition generally weighs two or more times than their ideal weight. Morbid obesity is also associated with many life threatening diseases such as diabetes, cancer and hypertension.

Bingham Memorial Hospital now offers a new way to take control of your weight and enhance your quality of life. This new procedure is called Lap Banding, and has proven to be a safer alternative to traditional weight-loss surgeries.

In the past there have been few options to help patients with extreme obesity problems. Procedures such as a Gastric Bypass or stapling of the stomach are very invasive and carry high failure and mortality risks. This new Lap Banding procedure is minimally invasive, which means there are fewer risks and it can be performed with fewer side effects to the patient.

During the Lap Banding procedure, an adjustable silicone band is placed around the stomach to restrict the amount of food that enters. This works by creating a small pouch in the stomach. Your newly adjusted stomach requires less food to fill and this helps you loose weight.

The time in the operating room is among the shortest of bariatric procedures and the length of hospital stay is usually one night. The procedure is done laparoscopically, so it is minimally invasive, adjustable and easily reversible. It does not rearrange the intestines or divide the gastronomical tract and does not require any cutting or stapling of the stomach.

The minimal trauma to the patient allows for reduced pain, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery time. This surgery has fewer risks and side effects than traditional methods and is adjustable without additional surgery.

Prime candidates for this new procedure must be at least 18 years old, be at least twice their ideal weight and have been overweight for more than 5 years. The success of this operation depends heavily on the patient adopting a whole new lifestyle and commitment to long term weight loss.

Weight loss with this procedure will be slow and steady, unlike traditional methods of rerouting the stomach and intestines. New eating habits and exercise play a central roll in the patient’s long term success. Counseling and support group meeting are provided and also contribute to the patient’s success.

If you would like more information on this exciting new procedure and how it can help you or a loved one achieve a healthy weight, please contact Dr. Davis at the Bingham Memorial Medical Plaza at 782-3993.


Louis Kraml, CEO Bingham Memorial Hospital