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If you are considering surgery to combat morbid obesity and start you on the path to significant weight loss and a better livelihood, you likely have many questions and concerns about what the process entails. Here are a few of the questions asked most frequently here at our bariatric surgery center in the Dallas – Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas region. Dr. David D. Kim will address any and all concerns you may have before you undergo surgery, and offers weekly seminars to discuss the many aspects of surgical weight loss procedures and what you can expect.

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What is adjustable gastric banding?

Adjustable gastric banding is a surgical, reversible method of limiting the amount of food you are able to ingest at one sitting. LAP-BAND® System and REALIZE® Band surgery allow Dr. David D. Kim to attach an elastic band filled with a saline solution around the upper portion of the stomach to create a smaller stomach pouch. The result gives you a feeling of fullness much sooner after smaller portions of food. The saline solution in the band can be adjusted to create a larger stomach pouch to accommodate more food, or a smaller one to accommodate less. The band can also be removed altogether at any time.

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What is Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG)?

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, also known as VSG or gastric sleeve surgery, is a surgical weight loss procedure designed for patients who do not want the intestinal changes of gastric bypass surgery but also feel that Lap Band is not appropriate for them. The procedure involves the removal of about 70 percent of the stomach, while maintaining the openings into and out of the stomach. There are no intestinal changes that are made like gastric bypass. Ultimately, creating a stomach sleeve that holds less food than before, this can result in significant weight loss.

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How do I know if I am a candidate for weight loss surgery?

Candidates for weight loss surgery must be between the ages of 18 and 65 and be considered morbidly obese (a body mass index of 40 or more, 35 or more if suffering from comorbidities). Due to a recent decision by the FDA, patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, plus at least one severe health condition related to obesity, may qualify as candidates for the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding procedure. This particular bariatric surgery technique is the only FDA-approved procedure for patients with a 30-35 BMI and at least one comorbidity condition. Candidates are often more than 60-80 pounds overweight and at risk for diseases and conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, and others brought on by severe obesity. Patients who are considering weight loss surgery must also maintain realistic goals for the procedure, and be prepared to undergo significant changes in lifestyle and eating habits to achieve the best results.

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For more information on bariatric surgery options at the Live Life Again Center, please contact Dr. David D. Kim.

What about Insurance?

Since obesity surgery can be a procedure that dramatically improves a person’s health, many insurance companies offer some type of coverage for it. Your insurance policy and/or your provider’s representative should have details regarding your specific case, and one of our staff members can help you navigate your policy to find out if you are covered. Dr. David D. Kim understands the needs of patients for bringing weight loss surgery procedures into their budget. He offers a variety of payment and financing options that can help offset costs that may not be covered by insurance.

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What can I expect after weight loss surgery?

Specific recovery information will depend on which procedure you undergo; however, since most of our procedures at the Live Life Again Center are performed laparoscopically – using tiny instruments and minimal incisions – recovery time is often less time-consuming and more comfortable than other weight loss surgery procedures. In order to ensure you are losing weight safely and effectively, the Live Life Again Center includes a comprehensive aftercare program that involves regular follow-up examinations, monitoring of your dietary progress, and support group options that can help you with the emotional assistance and encouragement you may need while making this important change in your life.

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How do I start my path to a healthier, happier life?

We are committed to helping you achieve your weight loss goals. Our staff at the Live Life Again Center is committed to helping you. If you wish to undergo weight loss surgery you will find the office visits and the preparation process at our Dallas Fort Worth area practice extremely helpful in achieving the most successful surgical results. Please contact us at the office to set up your consultation today if you are ready to make a change. We work with a variety of insurance companies and also provide financing options to help make our procedures more affordable. We look forward to meeting you.

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