Irvine has a long, rich history of ranching, agriculture, and education. Once the home of the Gabrielino Indians, the area has been inhabited by humans for about 12,000 years. The area that later became the City of Irvine was once large cattle and horse ranches, and eventually became owned by the Bixby, Irvine, and Flint families.
In 1878, James Irvine bought out his partners and created the massive Irvine Ranch, 110,000 acres of ranchland stretching from the Pacific to the Santa Ana River. Irvine’s modern history began when the Irvine Company sold 1,000 acres to the University of California to establish the now famous University of California, Irvine.
Irvine: The Home of West Medical
The City of Irvine offers residents a superior quality of life and is listed as the number one safest big city in America by the FBI. With a population of 260,000, Irvine is a master-planned community, built around providing residents with a place to call home where you can live, work, and play in a city that is both safe and beautiful. It is no wonder that West Medical has established a private clinic in Irvine, where people from all over Orange County can achieve their weight loss goals.
Should I Have Weight Loss Surgery?
If you are one of the many, many people who struggle with obesity, bariatric surgery is one of the only methods by which you can achieve better health and enjoy a better quality of life. Many who struggle with obesity have lived with the condition for years, trying countless other treatments, with diet after diet, exercise programs, and other conventional treatments to try to lose the excess weight. If you are in this condition and have not achieved long-term results, weight loss surgery is a life-changing procedure that will help you regain your health and confidence.
Gastric Band and Lap Band Procedure
Gastric band surgery is a procedure that reduces the size of the stomach to aid in rapid, healthy weight loss. First FDA-approved in 2001, modern devices and surgical techniques produce even better results in weight loss, with a faster recovery time. The procedure involves placing a flexible, inflatable silicone band around the top of the stomach, leaving only a small pouch. In reducing stomach size, the patient feels satisfied and full after consuming far less food to achieve rapid, long-lasting weight loss.
The procedure is performed with the most advanced surgical technique, laparoscopically. This technique involves small incisions into which a tiny camera is inserted, sending images to a monitor to allow our skilled weight loss surgeon to place an inflatable band around the upper portion of the stomach.
The band is tightened to restrict the stomach, so it is far smaller, capable of holding about one ounce of food. The lap band procedure allows for great flexibility, as a port is placed just under the skin of the abdomen. Saline solution can be injected through this port to make the band tighter, or to remove saline, for a fully customized weight loss procedure to suit your individual situation and needs.
Health Benefits of the Gastric Band and Lap Band
Sadly, obesity is one of the most serious health problems affecting Americans, with many in Irvine living with various diseases and conditions as a direct result of the condition. Some of the diseases and conditions known to be related to obesity include:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Cardiovascular disease
- Degenerative joint disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- Fatty liver disease
- GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
Your health and quality of life can be greatly increased with gastric band (or lap band) surgery. Imagine being finally free, and able to live the life you want, with confidence. Our team of qualified and experience surgeons at West Medical in Irvine is here to help. When you consider that statistically, the mortality rate over a five year period is reduced by 89 percent, there are many good reasons to find out if you are a candidate for this surgery.
Irvine Gastric Band and Lap Band Surgeons
Gastric band and lap band surgery have proven to be one of the most exciting developments in bariatrics, as the procedure is minimally invasive and reversible. You do not have to undergo stomach re-sectioning or rerouting of the intestinal tract with lap band surgery. You will not have to deal with mineral or vitamin deficiencies, which accompany some other types of bariatric surgery.
Our premier Irvine West Medical facility is located conveniently close to the 105, just off Barranca Parkway, and we invite you to meet with us and find out more about this exciting advancement in weight loss to resolve obesity. We work closely with our patients, and our entire team of professionals is understanding, compassionate, and caring. We take pride in our reputation for excellence in lap band and gastric band surgical procedures.