“Gastric banding surgery can truly change a patient’s life. Not only does it help them lose the excess weight that they’ve struggled with for a long time, it improves their overall health and can give them the confidence to do the things they never thought they’d be able to do when they were heavier. My goal is to work with patients to ensure that this surgery and the lifestyle modifications that come with it are a permanent part of their new, healthier way of life.”
Ashley Lankford, MD, FACS
Board Certified General Surgeon
Medical Director, Baptist Health Floyd
Weight Management Center
For patients who are significantly overweight and have tried numerous diet and exercise regimens without long-term success, gastric banding surgery can open the door to a healthy new lifestyle. According to General Surgeon and Baptist Health Floyd Weight Management Center Medical Director Ashley Lankford, MD, “Many overweight patients suffer from conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, degenerative joint disease or sleep apnea, that are caused or exacerbated by their obesity.
Gastric banding surgery greatly assists them in their weight loss, improves their overall health and gives them their life back again.” “The surgery is done laparoscopically, and involves wrapping a synthetic tube, or band, around the upper part of the stomach, so that it divides the stomach into an upper and lower pouch,” explained Dr. Lankford. “The goal is to slow the transit of food through the passageway so that the patient can recognize the sensation of being full earlier, and feel full longer, thus taking in smaller amounts of food less often, leading to significant weight loss.”
Dr. Lankford stressed, “For the goal of significant weight loss to be achieved, patients must be willing to modify their lifestyle and create new, healthier habits that include better food choices and regular exercise.” To qualify for gastric banding surgery, patients must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or above, or between 35 to 40 with co-morbidities such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea or high blood pressure.
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Dr. Lankford offers free seminars one Tuesday and Saturday of each month. Call 1-800-4-SOURCE (1-800-476-8723) to register. You can also view an online version of the seminar.