The Realize adjustable gastric band is a surgical method of weight loss designed to achieve gradual results. While it is similar to the lap band, the Realize band has a wider range of adjustment to minimize stretching. Surgical placement of a Realize band is intended to safely promote weight loss and improve the patient’s quality of life, while preventing/resolving disorders related to obesity.
The Realize Band Procedure
Dr. Frenzel has completed extensive special training on the Realize band. For safer, less invasive surgery, the procedure is performed laparoscopically, with a fiber optic instrument that allows Dr. Frenzel to view the abdominal cavity. The Realize band is placed on the upper portion of the stomach, limiting food intake and causing a feeling of fullness, or satisfaction, sooner. Adjusting the band, to ensure continued effectiveness, requires delivery of saline through a low-profile port on the patient’s side. Dr. Frenzel usually performs the first adjustment 4 weeks after the surgery.
After the Realize Band
After placement of the Realize band, moderate eating habits become easier and weight decreases gradually. Lower body weight is thought to reduce the threat of serious obesity-related diseases and disorders, such as the following:
- Type II diabetes
- High Cholesterol
- Heart Disease
- Sleep Apnea
Weight loss typically occurs during the first 2 years, but may occur gradually beyond that period. Changes in diet and exercise habits are always recommended to achieve the best possible improvement in patient health. Success with the Realize band is measured not only by amount of weight lost, but also on quality-of-life improvements experienced after surgery.
Make an Informed Choice on Realize Band Surgery
The decision to use the Realize band signifies a big change in your life and overall health, but it should not be made hastily. You should make an effort to understand the risks involved and make an informed choice. To learn more about the Realize band and the procedure, contact the bariatric surgery office of Dr. Frenzel to schedule a consultation.