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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 In
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