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Bon Secours St. Mary's Is First Hospital in U.S. to Perform New Gastric Banding Procedure
Date:11/24/2008

RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A team of bariatric surgeons at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital (http://www.bonsecours.com) today performed the first adjustable gastric band procedure in the United States using the REALIZE(TM) Adjustable Gastric Band-C, the newest REALIZE(TM) Personalized Banding Solution.

REALIZE(TM) Band-C is an implantable device used for adjustable gastric banding procedures for severely obese patients. It features a streamlined, curved design and an expanded adjustment range to accommodate larger patients.

Building on its commitment to long-term patient success, Ethicon Endo- Surgery (a Johnson & Johnson company) offers the REALIZE Band-C with the comprehensive REALIZE Personalized Banding Solution. This includes the latest in gastric band technology as well as the REALIZE mySUCCESS(TM) program, a personalized patient support system helping each patient to build the necessary habits in nutrition and exercise, as well as ongoing communication with their healthcare team. This is all now available at St. Mary's Hospital.

Gregory L. Schroder, M.D., F.A.C.S., Matthew L. Brengman M.D., F.A.C.S., and Eliseo Bautista, M.D., are the surgeons performing the procedures at St. Mary's.

"Weight loss surgery has made significant progress in the last 10 years with new options in surgical procedures and technologies now available to patients," said Dr. Brengman, a leading bariatric surgeon practicing at St. Mary's. "Our bariatric program is nationally recognized for excellence and we saw an opportunity to offer this new procedure. We believe it will leave a positive impact on many individuals throughout Central Virginia who for years have struggled with obesity."

The REALIZE Band includes a soft balloon of sterile saline, which wraps around the stomach to create two chambers. Surgeons attach the REALIZE Injection Port to the abdominal wall underneath the skin, whereby doctors can inject or remove saline to tighten or loosen the band. The tighter the band, the more quickly the upper stomach fills up and the less food a person can eat. Adjustments are made periodically based on the patient's individual needs.

Before and after surgery, patients can access REALIZE mySUCCESS; the interactive web application allows them to develop personalized eating and fitness plans and links them to their healthcare team with the St. Mary's Surgical Weight Loss program. Patients can set goals and develop new healthy nutrition and exercise habits -- especially for the first three years as they adjust to their new lifestyle.

"Patients who undergo weight loss surgery often face a host of challenges such as adjusting to a new lifestyle of diet and exercise, and this often can be overwhelming," adds Dr. Brengman. "By offering the latest in bariatric surgical options, we can provide our patients with the highest level of care."

According to the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), more than 15 million people in the U.S. suffer from severe obesity and about 205,000 people are expected to have some form of bariatric surgery this year. The two most common procedures are gastric bypass and gastric banding.


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