REALIZE® Band Surgery
Los Angeles, Irvine, and Riverside, California
Are you are tired of making excuses to yourself about your weight? Are you sick of feeling like you’ll never have the kind of life you want to live? If obesity is affecting your health and your quality of life, it’s time to start thinking about a real solution. Fads like the South Beach Diet and the HCG Diet are not a sustainable, healthy weight loss plan, and chances are you’ve tried motivating yourself to exercise before. Bariatric surgery is a real and permanent treatment for obesity, and the REALIZE® Band is a minimally invasive, adjustable weight loss surgery option that can help you break the vicious cycle of obesity.
Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery with the REALIZE® Band
If you know you could benefit from bariatric weight loss surgery, but are wary of having an irreversible operation like gastric bypass surgery, REALIZE® Band surgery offers a much less invasive option. Our board-certified LA bariatric surgeon Dr. Shyam Dahiya performs REALIZE® Band surgery using the SPIDER® Surgical System for high-tech Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS).
Called the Swedish Adjustable Gastric Band (SAGB) outside the United States, the REALIZE® Band was approved by the FDA in 2007 after more than 20 years of successful use around the world. The REALIZE® Band is a popular alternative to the LAP-BAND®, another gastric banding device used for weight loss surgery in the US.
If you’re wondering how the REALIZE® Band works, it’s really quite simple. The REALIZE® Band is gently secured around your stomach, then cinches around it to create a small pouch at the top of the stomach. The pouch is connected by a very small opening to the lower stomach, so it fills up quickly, usually after you eat about half a cup of food. Once the pouch is full, it sends a signal to your brain that leaves you feeling satisfied after eating just a small portion. As a result, you can reduce your calorie intake and lose your excess pounds at a healthy rate of one or two per week.
Advantages of the REALIZE® Band
Because they work in similar ways, the REALIZE® Band is often compared to LAP-BAND® surgery. The two are both considered equally safe and effective, but the REALIZE® Band does have a few features that differentiate it from the LAP-BAND® device, including:
- A sutureless injection port (for adjustments after surgery) with a low profile for reduced pain and better concealment
- Wider band designed to reduce the risk of slippage
- High-volume, low-pressure balloon designed to be gentler on stomach tissue
Gastric banding procedures like REALIZE® Band surgery also have several important advantages over gastric bypass surgery, including:
- REALIZE® Band surgery can be reversed if necessary.
- REALIZE® Band surgery does not reroute the digestive system
- REALIZE® Band has a lower risk of nutritional difficulties.
It is important to remember that no bariatric surgery can be truly effective unless you are committed to healthy eating and regular exercise. REALIZE® Band surgery can help you stick to smaller portions, which is very important and effective, but your ultimate success in reaching your goal weight depends on you.
That’s why we will help you every step of the way, answering your questions about REALIZE® Band surgery beforehand and providing one-on-one follow-up care for a year after surgery to help you stick to your post-surgery weight loss program.
Band surgery in the LA area, please contact our board-certified REALIZE® Band surgeon Dr. Shyam Dahiya at our office in Lakewood, California.
The primary potential benefits* of Single-Site da Vinci Surgery include:
- Minimal scarring
- Minimal pain
- Low blood loss
- Fast recovery
- Short hospital stay
- High patient satisfaction
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is unique to each patient and procedure.