Interest is Strong in New Weight Loss Surgery and Support Program

With obesity becoming a serious health threat to more and more people, General Surgeon Ashley Lankford, MD, was very excited when she learned about a gastric band and integrated weight loss support program that has been getting remarkable results. “Not only is the minimally invasive surgery technique performed to maximize comfort and minimize recovery,” explained Dr. Lankford, “but the band and surgical technique are accompanied by a very important support component called REALIZE mySUCCESS™. It is part of a comprehensive support program that we offer patients. And research shows that support is critical in helping patients lose weight and keep it off.”

“We are thrilled with the great interest in the seminars we are offering on the Realize™ gastric band. In addition to individuals who sign up on their own, we are getting lots of referrals from primary care physicians. I believe it shows that we are filling a major void in the community by offering this new procedure and support program.”

Ashley Lankford, MD, FACS Board Certified General Surgeon Baptist Health Floyd Weight Management Center

Obesity Can Be Deadly

Men and women with morbid obesity have 50 to 100 percent higher mortality rates than men and women with healthy weights. Several serious and life-threatening diseases are linked to obesity. They are type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, depression and several cancers, including breast and colon cancer.

Baptist Health Floyd Weight Management Center Designed To Offer Comprehensive Services

The new Baptist Health Floyd Weight Management Center at 2125 State Street in New Albany is home to both the Realize™ Personalized Banding Solution and the highly successful, physician-supervised HMR Weight Management Program. “Patients will be able to receive an assessment, education, followup and support services in one convenient location,” said Dr. Lankford. “In addition, the center has been specifically designed for the comfort of our patients, without the physical obstacles they face on a daily basis.” The banding surgery itself is performed at Baptist Health Floyd.

Are You a Candidate for the Surgery?

According to the National Institutes of Health, you may be a candidate for gastric banding surgery if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 or
  2. Have a BMI of at least 35 with one or more serious obesity-related conditions and meet both of the following criteria • Have failed more conservative weight loss alternatives such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs and
  3. Are at least 18 years of age

Free seminars given by Dr. Lankford on the Realize™ banding option are held one Tuesday evening and one Saturday morning each month. Pre-registration is requested.