With dual fellowship training in bariatric surgery and cosmetic plastic surgery, Dr. Frenzel offers a unique ability to provide patients with a complete transformation, beginning with weight loss surgery. As technology advances, more bariatric procedures become a health and viable means of losing weight quickly.
If you need to lose 50 pounds or more, the Realize adjustable gastric band is a surgical procedure designed for gradual results. Similar to the lap band procedure, the Realize band utilizes multiple adjustments to minimize stretching. To place the Realize band, surgery is necessary.
Benefits of the Realize gastric band bariatric procedure include gradual weight loss, improved quality of live, and resolve for disorders related to obesity. The adjustment settings available are designed to assist in effective and healthy results.
During this procedure, Dr. Frenzel laparoscopically views the abdominal cavity. The Realize band is placed on the upper portion of the stomach in an effort to limit food intake and create a feeling of satisfaction quickly. When adjustments are needed, saline is delivered through a low-profile port on the patient’s side.
Candidates for this surgery must be in good mental health and need to lose at least 50 pounds. There are many bariatric procedures available. To help you choose the best for your body and situation, Dr. Frenzel will discuss all of the options during an initial consultation. Investing in the Realize band bariatric procedure will change your life and overall health.
The decision to proceed with weight loss surgery should be not be made in haste. The Realize band does not involve any staples, which allows your body to absorb nutrients from food. During the procedure, Dr. Frenzel makes a small incision near the belly button and the fiber optic instrument is inserted to scope out the abdomen. Next, small incisions are made in the abdomen to insert the gastric band.
Over time, the Realize band can be adjusted to fit better. The first adjustment is typically performed four weeks after the surgery is complete. During recovery and post-op, you will notice that your eating habits become easier to adjust to and weight decreases gradually. When your body weight decreased, the threat of type II diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, sleep apnea, heart disease, and other obesity-related disorders are reduced and resolved.
Most weight loss occurs during the first two years. After which, weight loss is much more gradual. It is important for all candidates to understand the lifestyle changes that must accompany weight loss surgery. Exercise habits and changes in diet are crucial to achieve the best improvement in health. Weight loss is not the only factor to consider in evaluating a success. Quality of life improvements are used to measure success with the Realize band.