Obesity is a national epidemic. More than one-third of adults in the U.S. suffer from this disorder, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We all know that carrying around excess weight is not good for us, physically or emotionally. But losing substantial amounts of weight without medical help can be an overwhelming challenge. Recent research has shown that diet and exercise alone is not enough for obese people.
Men and women in Lancaster can find obesity solutions at West Medical to begin recovering their health with weight loss surgery. Our skilled and respected surgeons have helped many people lead healthier, happier lives after gastric band and lap band surgery and other bariatric procedures.
Why Have Bariatric Surgery?
Making the decision to have weight loss surgery is a big step to take. If you are 50 lbs or more overweight and have struggled for years battling obesity with diet and exercise alone, bariatric surgery might be the right treatment option for you.
People who are overweight by 20% or more have a higher risk of developing serious health conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Gallstones and gall bladder disease
- Sleep apnea
- Certain types of cancer
Obesity is a complex metabolic disorder with a wide range of damaging effects. Research has shown that advanced obesity affects emotional as well as physical health. Carrying too many pounds of excess body fat can affect self-esteem in several ways:
- Poor self image: Many obese people feel unattractive because of their weight, which affects their confidence and ability to interact socially with others.
- Low productivity, guilt, and embarrassment: Studies have shown that obese people tend to avoid the limelight, limiting sports and recreational activities and social interactions. As a result, they may be less active or feel less productive and involved, which can contribute to guilt and low self-esteem.
- Social discrimination: We live in a society that judges people based on their physical appearance. The way we look can affect wages, promotions, job security, and social and economic opportunities. Obese people are more likely to face social discrimination and have more difficulty making friends and approaching members of the opposite sex.
Diet and exercise are important to your health, but they are not always sufficient to overcome obesity. For many people who have struggled with their weight for years and failed, weight loss surgery is the first step in the right direction toward better health, a more attractive body, and better quality of life.
Gastric Band and Lap Band Surgery
An adjustable gastric band is the number one treatment for people embarking on a weight loss journey through bariatric surgery. In a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure, a silicone band is wrapped around the upper part of the stomach to reduce the amount of food a person needs to feel full and encourage weight loss.
With a new, smaller stomach pouch, you feel full for longer, eat smaller portions, and consume fewer calories. Patients begin to lose weight gradually, typically at a healthy rate of 1 to 3 lbs per week during the first year following a gastric band procedure.
The Lap Band was the first adjustable gastric band to gain FDA approval in the United States. Lap Band procedures are performed laparoscopically, with smaller incisions and minimal scarring. Patients typically require 5 to 8 adjustments per year during the first two years after surgery. The average weight loss with the Lap Band is 55% of excess weight within 5 years of surgery.
The City of Lancaster
Lancaster is located in the Antelope Valley of the western Mojave Desert, approximately 70 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, near the Kern County line. It began as a water stop for the Southern Pacific Railroad between Los Angeles and San Francisco in 1876.
The first airplane was brought to the area in the 1930’s and the Air Force began conducting test flights at Muroc Air Base. Edwards Air Force Base, famous for its space shuttle landings, and the Happy Bottom Riding Club, owned and operated in the 1940s by famous aviatrix Pancho Barnes, have had an impact on Lancaster’s economy. Today, the city is home to major defense contractors, such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and BAE, as well as the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and the Lancaster Aerospace Walk of Honor.
Choosing a Weight Loss Surgeon in Lancaster
Once you have made the decision to have gastric band or lap band surgery in Lancaster, the next most important decision is the surgeon you choose to perform the procedure. At West Medical, our surgeons provide our patients with the most advanced and complete medical care available. We focus on quality of care, which begins with in-depth communication, instead of relying entirely on testing. Our physicians have extensive experience performing weight loss procedures and guiding patients through the entire treatment and recovery process.
42051 10th Street West Suite 107
Lancaster CA 93534
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