Video of the Week: Gastric Band Improves Metabolic Risk Factors in Obese Teens

Increasing rates of obesity — particularly in children and adolescents — have health professionals scrambling to find ways to fight growing waistlines.  Dr. Kirk Reichard talked with our reporter Diana Mahoney, at the annual meeting of the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, about how gastric band surgery could be a potential solution.  He presented data on significant improvements in metabolic measures in 17 morbidly obese teens who underwent the surgery using an investigational device.

While these kids really are sick, they benefit probably more greatly from the lap band — or from any bariatric procedure perhaps — even than adults.  We know that kids will go on to be obese adults, if they’re obese kids. They will go on to have cardiac problems.  So our bias is that the younger we fix these problems, the more healthy they’ll be later.

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Filed under Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Primary care, Surgery, Video

2 responses to “Video of the Week: Gastric Band Improves Metabolic Risk Factors in Obese Teens

  1. Sheila Granger is pioneering a weight loss programme, in the UK which incorporates the VIRTUAL gastric band. Conducted under clinical hypnotherapy her methods offer a highly effective alternative to gastric/lap band surgery. With ZERO risk, it doesn’t require a person to follow a liquidized diet and involves no invasive surgery.
    A group trial proved the effectiveness of the VIRTUAL Gastric Band, achieving a 95% success rate amongst people of varying age and size.
    Through clinical hypnotherapy, the subconscious believes the body has undergone gastric surgery to reduce the stomach to the size of a golf ball. Therefore a person needs to eat less food before feeling satisfied, ensuring weight loss at a steady rate. The only thing a person has to lose with the VIRTUAL GASTRIC BAND is excess fat.
    The VGB is spread over 4 weekly sessions, the first session includes the ‘fitting’ of the band and the other 3 sessions act as a reinforcement to deal with psychological triggers for overeating and to deal with cravings and attitude towards eating.
    Deeply passionate about helping people, Sheila is working with medical practitioners in the UK to demonstrate how hypnotherapy will save the NHS £Millions if recognized as a viable treatment for weight loss and other ailments. Sheila Granger, Clinical Hypnotherapist. Tel. +44 1482 863659.

  2. If I was interested in that kind of Gastric Band Improves Metabolic Risk Factors in Obese Teens
    , I would go to my family doctor. He will be able to answer all your questions. In fact he can refer you to a doctor that can help you. Please, be very careful on deciding to have the surgery and be sure to shop for an absolute, 100% for real doctor that knows his business. I will be anxious for you. And I pray you will make the right decision . Thanks and God Bless.

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