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Risks and Benefits

Any type of bariatric surgery is a major procedure that requires a great deal of consideration and discussion before it is performed. The benefits that can result from surgical weight loss options such as REALIZE™ Band surgery, LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding, and Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy are numerous and can give you a new and healthier lease on life. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Dr. David D. Kim is one of the leading bariatric surgeons in the United States, and takes every precaution to ensure the safety of weight loss surgery procedures. He is also committed to communicating honestly with you about all aspects of surgery, addressing your concerns and helping you decide if certain procedures are right for your needs. Here are some of the benefits and risks associated with three of our most performed procedures, and we encourage you to contact the Live Life Again Center for more information, or to schedule a consultation.

The Personal Cost of Obesity

  • Mean medical drug costs (BMI greater or equal to 35) $5,965.00
  • Out-of-pocket healthcare costs $2,182.00
  • Emplyoment inactivity costs $900.00
  • Commerical weight loss program fees $600.00
  • Prescription co-pays (5 meds at $10) $600.00
  • Grocery and diner costs $5,321.00
  • Total $15,568.00

LAP-BAND® System Surgery Benefits

  • Significant weight loss
  • Improved quality of life
  • Lessened risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other conditions brought on by morbid obesity
  • No stomach cutting/stapling
  • No revision of digestive anatomy
  • Adjustable and fully reversible

Learn more about LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding.

LAP-BAND® System Surgery Risks

As with all surgeries performed in the abdomen, LAP-BAND® System risks include:

  • Infection
  • Reaction to anesthesia/medicine
  • Nutritional deficiency from liquid dieting
  • Band slippage
  • Band leakage
  • Blood clots during surgery
  • Organ damage
  • Bleeding
  • Pulmonary embolism

REALIZE™ Band Benefits

  • Significant weight loss
  • Improved quality of life
  • Wider band than other banding techniques, which may provide even greater hunger control
  • Lessened risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other conditions brought on by morbid obesity
  • No stomach cutting/stapling
  • No revision of digestive anatomy
  • Adjustable and fully reversible

Learn more about REALIZE™ Band Surgery.

REALIZE™ Band Risks

Like any abdominal surgery, REALIZE™ Band risks include:

  • Infection
  • Reaction to anesthesia/medicine
  • Nutritional deficiency from liquid dieting
  • Band slippage
  • Band leakage
  • Blood clots during surgery
  • Organ damage
  • Bleeding
  • Pulmonary embolism

Laparoscopic Sleeve Resection Benefits

  • Significant weight loss
  • Improved quality of life
  • Lessened risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other conditions brought on by morbid obesity
  • No re-routing of food pathways
  • Less likely than gastric bypass surgery to cause malabsorption of vitamins

Learn more about Laparoscopic Sleeve Resection.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Resection Risks

Laparoscopic Sleeve Resection, also known as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) is one of the newest weight loss surgery procedures. Designed for patients who weigh at least 500 pounds, VSG is unlike LAP-BAND® System and REALIZE™ Band surgery in that it is not reversible. Some of the risks of VSG include:

  • Infection
  • Reaction to anesthesia/medicine
  • Gastric sleeve blockage
  • Post-operative leaks from the staple line
  • Nutritional deficiency from liquid dieting
  • Blood clots during surgery
  • Organ damage
  • Bleeding
  • Pulmonary embolism

Dr. David D. Kim prides himself and his entire staff at the Live Life Again Center for Bariatric Surgery on operating an ASMBS-designated Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®, dedicated to your safety and surgical procedures that are effective and free of complications. Dr. Kim will be happy to address any of your concerns at any time.

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