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Lap Band Success! 21 Pounds in 21 Days

Posted by Lori on October 6, 2009

I had my surgery on September 10th and have done a meticulous job of sticking to the diet. Happily, I’ve only experienced a little hunger. On the 21st day, I finally got my courage together and weighed myself – I’d lost 21 pounds. Wow. This operation is a miracle.

As a result of the weight loss, I’m walking farther than I have in years. Two nights ago, I walked 5.4 miles without having to stop even once and I got it done at a 20 minute per mile pace. Not rocket speed but I haven’t been able to do that in years. If I’d had a better pair of shoes on, I could have gone another 2.7 miles. As it was, my feet were covered in blisters by the end of the walk and it’s kept me home for a couple days now. But now I know I can do it. I used to walk 8 to 10 miles a day, and I’ll be able to get there once again. You can’t imagine how good it is for your soul to walk alone at night time with no voices or music bobbling in your ears. Just me, my dog, the stars and Ventura Boulevard in the late evening.

My clothes are finally getting baggy. I wear stretch jeans and it takes quite a bit before they stop fitting. I think I have ten more pounds max in my current jeans and then, times being what they are, I’ll have to figure out what to do next. In the meantime, I have a Macy’s Wish List for Love My Lap Band, in case any of my readers want to help out with my current dilemma. If so, the jeans are the priority.

I’m still not experiencing much hunger – it’s a very nice thing to have it totally swept away.  My big splurge day was just under 900 calories. I’ve made this decision to keep my calorie intake ultra-low, if I can, until the point where I can fit back into a size 14 and I find myself relating to the notion of 900 calories the way I used to relate to the notion of 2000 calories. But now, because I have a Lap Band, 400 calories,only provokes occasional twinges of hunger rather than a full out assault on my consciousness. I drink a lot of water and that helps as well. I know Dr. Ortiz’s materials suggest having some Metamucil for hunger. I may pick some up just in case.

My compromised computer does not allow me to link pictures right now, so I apologize for how dry looking blog is at the moment. Hopefully, I’ll have a new MacBook Pro sometime soon, and I’ll make this blog a little prettier once again.

I want to say one more time that this operation is a miracle. My life is now under my control in a way that  it hasn’t been in years. I’m not hungry, it doesn’t hurt and no, I’m not throwing up. I’m going to be able to do it – I just know it. Nothing is gonna stop me now. 🙂


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Lap Band Surgeon Dr. Ariel Ortiz’ Amazing Video Library

Posted by Lori on July 22, 2009

What I don’t like about most Lap Band videos is that they are too casual and ramble, or they are too corporate and don’t actual provide much substance. What I like about Dr. Ortiz’ videos is that he is very good at asking patients the questions that you want to hear answered. How much did you weigh beforehand? How much did you lose? How long did it take? How has it changed your life?

Here’s a YouTube clip of Dr. Ortiz talking about the difference between patients who are successful and patients who aren’t successful:

He has a lot of interviews with patients. This very pretty woman is one my favorites:

This young man had Lap Band surgery when he was fifteen. Dr. Ortiz is a big believer that we should take action with obese adolescents before their long term health is impacted:

Anyway,  there is a lot of information contained in those videos and that’s what it is all about. Also, you’ll see the quality of the people who come to Ortiz for surgery, and it makes it very easy to be confident that the level of care he provides is superior.

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Before and After Lap Band Pics of Dr. Grossbard

Posted by Lori on July 22, 2009

I’m happy to announce that I’m going to be having Lap Band surgery with Dr. Ariel Ortiz in Mexico.  He’s wonderful. He’s brilliant. He’s experienced. He’s funny. And his patients are successful.

Since there is always so much consternation about going to Mexico for Lap Band surgery, I wanted to take this time to introduce you to Dr. Lee Grossbard of Zephyrville, Florida who had his Lap Band surgery performed by Dr. Ariel Ortiz in Tijuana. When asked his reason for going out of the country, this is what he says:

The primary reason today for Americans to go to Mexico is for a particular surgeon with much larger experience and numbers of cases. We are starting to see larger and larger numbers of patients that go out of the US because they want the lapband and their BMI is less than the requisite 35 for operation in the US. Also, patients below the age of eighteen are starting to make their appearance in other countries because of the FDA rules.

Dr. Grossbard, who can more that afford to have surgery in the US, went to Mexico to have the procedure done by Ortiz who has more experience than almost anyone else out there.

And he finishes, with this:

The lapband is a wonderfully simple tool, or aid, in weight reduction. I was an obese surgeon. My BMI was 44. I now have a BMI of 25. I had a lapband one year ago. I reached my goal weight after 10 months. I needed to lose over 100 pounds of weight now I personally perform lapband surgery.

The pictures are at the link because my computer keeps freezing everytime I try and link the pics or upload them.

Dr. Ortiz also has this wonderful testimony from Tim L. Hunter, a bio-medical engineer whose wife received a Lap Band. I’m going to put the whole thing in here because he says a lot of stuff that will put your mind at ease:

Recently my wife was banded by Dr. Ortiz. I’ll let her speak to her positive experience with Dr. Ortiz and the center but I want to say how impressed I was with the facilities in general and the operating room in particular.

I design medical devices and have been in many operating rooms in the States. I asked if it was possible to observe the procedure. I knew I would not be allowed to view my wife’s procedure but another patient at the facility, a nurse, said it was fine for me to observe her surgery.

The O.R. was state of the art, unlike some I’ve been in, in the U.S. I was impressed by the time Dr. Ortiz took to investigate the area where he would place the band until he found the most suitable site. In so doing he discovered and corrected two hernias the nurse-patient had. One was a very rare type, close to the heart cavity.

I discovered that Dr. Ortiz helped design some of his instruments so they would cause less trauma for the patients. I was also impressed that he used skin glue as opposed to other kinds of suturing. My wife had breast reduction 18 months ago in the U.S. and if, like Dr. Ortiz, they had used glue instead of old-fashioned sutures, I’m sure there would have been less scarring.


ny Americans have the idea that U.S. facilities are superior. Our experience shows us that’s not true. By the way, Dr. Ortiz didn’t charge extra for the hernia repairs which took longer to complete than the band insertion. Somehow I don’t think that would have been the case in the States. My wife and I agree you can’t buy better medical skill “at any price” than we received from Dr. Ortiz and his associates at the Obesity Control Center.

Tim L. Hunter

Dr. Ortiz has endorsements from several medical professionals who have had him perform their surgeries. You can read all of them here.

Dr. Ortiz wrote Lap Band For Life, one of the first books about Lap Bands. and it is available in the Love My Lap Band bookstore at Amazon. I’d encourage you to take a look around.

You should also know that Dr. Ortiz will donate 3% of every surgical fee to the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. And considering that he is charging what everyone else is charging, that’s impressive. His own beautiful daughter is autistic and has received excellent care. He’s looking to make sure other children are as well cared for as his own.

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Lap Bands and Weight Loss For Teens

Posted by Lori on July 9, 2009

Well, here’s some good news. The medical professional is starting to get confident about weight loss surgery for teenagers. I was a tiny little thing when I was teenager, and that was plenty traumatic as it was. I can’t even imagine what it is like to face your teen years obese.

— The study was led by Drs. Ilene Fennoy, Jeffrey Zitsman and colleagues at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center and presented at the annual Endocrine Society meeting in Washington, D.C.

A new study of obese adolescents has shown that laparoscopic gastric banding surgery — the “Lap-Band” procedure — not only helps them achieve significant weight loss but can also improve and even reverse metabolic syndrome, reducing their risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Metabolic syndrome is defined as a cluster of risk factors — high blood pressure; low levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol; excessive abdominal fat; and elevated levels of blood sugar, C-reactive protein and triglycerides — that increase a person’s chances of developing cardiovascular disease or diabetes later in life. The single biggest risk factor is obesity, and metabolic syndrome usually improves when a person loses weight.

Metabolic syndrome is something that most of us who are obese wrestle with, but to have to deal with this cluster of syndromes as a teenager must be just terrible.

In the new study, Dr. Fennoy and her colleagues followed 24 morbidly obese adolescents between the ages of 14 and 17 who underwent the Lap-Band procedure. The study participants either had a BMI of greater than 40 or greater than 35 if already suffering from diabetes or obesity-related illnesses.

Six months after surgery, they noted a significant drop in participants’ BMI, waist circumference, and blood levels of C-reactive protein. These indicators continued to improve among the 12 patients being followed up at the one-year point.

Other measures of metabolic syndrome such as blood lipid and sugar levels, the authors reported, came down quickly in the first six months, with “less dramatic” changes seen one year after surgery.

“Of all the bariatric procedures,” she says, “the Lap-Band is the most benign, with complication rates of less than 1 percent.” The device, inserted via minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, consists of a simple band to make the stomach smaller and a balloon that can be decompressed when necessary, she explains.

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There is a lot of scholarship now that is validating the desirability of weight loss surgery for teens. Doctors are eager to see kids avoid the diseases that obese people develop as they age. What this study shows though is that the kids are getting the diseases early.  No one should have hypertension at 14. It’s just crazy.

In Mexico, Dr. Ariel Ortiz has been one of the foremost surgeons providing obese teenagers with the Lap Band. His site has a fair amount of information, as well as interviews with several of the teens that he has worked with.  If you’re considering this option your teen, Dr. Ortiz is a wonderful resource as well.

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Forum For Lap Bands and Teens

Posted by Lori on April 24, 2008

I was just looking around Lap Band Talk – an absolutely superb forum for people interested in Lap Bands – and discovered that thave a forum for teenagers who have questions about Lap Bands. The youngest bandee is fifteen though I know surgeons are doing Lap Band procedures on adolescents as young as twelve.

If you’re a parent of a teenager wrestling with obesity, some of the surgeons with New Hope Bariatrics work with teens as do several of the clinics in Mexico. Before you get the willies about going out of country for surgery on your child, just know that most of the surgeons who do Lap Band procedures in the US were actually trained by doctors from Mexico. Dr. Rumbaut, Dr. Ariel Ortiz, and Dr. Lopez Corvala all have a vast amount of experience working with Lap Bands.

Here’s a very brief assessment of a study on teens and Lap Bands, just in case you’re nervous that it’s completely inappropriate.

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Teens and Lap Bands

Posted by Lori on March 19, 2008

This is interesting – a study being done involving 150 morbidly obese teenagers who are having Lap Band procedures to see if gastric banding is an effective means for dealing with teen obesity. I can’t imagine much worse than being an obese teen – it’s painful enough when you’re trim.

The nationwide study population will consist of 150 adolescents recruited from seven weight management centers. Twenty two participants will be recruited at UCSD Medical Center. Potential participants must demonstrate a history of obesity for at least two years and have failed more conservative non-surgical weight-reduction alternatives such as a supervised diet, exercise, and behavior modification programs.

“By addressing obesity at an early age, we may be able to avoid life-threatening conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and depression,” said Horgan who has performed more than 1,000 gastric banding procedures. “In the long run this could potentially save billions of dollars now spent on obesity related healthcare.

On Dr. Ortiz‘ site, he has a testimonial from Cassie, a 13 year old girl who has had a lap band procedure, and who was apparently on the Oprah Winfrey show this year. Hopefully, I can find something on YouTube later. His Obesity Control Center will perform surgeries on people from 13 up. They have a host of psychological tests they put the kids through, and go from there. They also have a support group just for kids as well.

The Northwest Weight Loss Surgery Center has a study that has been going on for a couple years now.

“It took more than a year to get our study approved, but since then, it’s gone very well.”

The FDA approved the procedure for adults in June 2001.

By this year, it was all Drs. Kevin Montgomery and Brad Watkins, weight-loss-surgery specialists, wanted to perform.

“We sat around one day saying we would never let someone in our family have gastric-bypass surgery performed on them, so why were we still doing it?” Watkins said. “With gastric bypass, you have to stay overnight in the hospital, and [Lap-Band surgery] is done laparoscopically as an outpatient procedure.”

The two recently opened the Northwest Weight Loss Surgery center, performing Lap-Band surgeries on adults. Seeing the problem of obesity in children, the two decided to join NYU, the Minimally Invasive Bariatric Center in Chicago and other facilities in conducting studies on youths.

The same basic standards apply to kids as apply to adults, however, in the case of the teens, the doctors are performing the surgeries at the hospital rather than at the surgery center.

The Northwest Weight Loss Surgery center will conduct up to 50 surgeries on youths 16 and 17 who have a body-mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 35 with a serious health problem related to obesity. The index is a height-to-weight ratio that provides a rough estimate of body fat. A normal BMI is about 25.

The center expects to perform the operations on youths over three to five years. Locally, though most adult Lap-Band surgeries are completed at the center, one requirement of the study is that all adolescent procedures be completed at the Kirkland hospital.

One of the things we do is confuse obesity with immorality. We see excess weight, even in children, as evidence of moral failure and dump enormous amounts of shame on the obese. It’s sadistic, literally. Shaming people for situations they have very little control over is incredibly manipulative and destructive. To my mind, the more kids we can pull out of that cycle early, the better we are as a culture.

I’m going to do more reading on teenagers and Lap Bands. This is interesting stuff.

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YouTube interview with Dr. Ariel Ortiz

Posted by Lori on February 19, 2008

I just found a wonderful interview with, once again, Randy Alvarez’ Wellness Hour; only this is one is on YouTube so I can embed it here for you. Dr. Ortiz, his guest, has performed over 2000 lap band procedures. Interestingly, Dr. Ortiz refused to do the interview until Randy Alvarez agreed to come down his clinic and see the surgery first hand. What Randy witnessed was a very simple, very quick procedure and patients up walking around sometimes as quickly as 30 minutes. He says that he accepts patients ranging in age from thirteen to seventy, and says that in particular with the older women, the changes in their life are dramatic. Each clip is about 10 minutes long and has a fair amount of information.

In addition, Dr. Ortiz has written Lap-Band for Life which is currently available through Amazon. But there are only two of ’em right now, so you better grab it fast. 🙂

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