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Almost every day, you see reports in the media about an amazing new diet or some new pill for weight loss. Even so, the number of people with a serious weight problem keeps going up. If you are one of those people, you probably already know that weighing more than you should is harmful to your health. If you are severely obese, you have higher risk for problems such as heart disease and diabetes. It can give you a negative self-image and affect the way you interact with family, friends and co-workers. It can cause you to become socially isolated.
The best remedy for being overweight is to exercise more while you eat less and eat sensibly. That way you can use up more energy than you take in and lose weight. A diet can help people lose weight but rarely is dieting alone effective at eliminating excess weight. Some people can have success with drugs that make them feel less hungry. But over the long term, these methods don't work for everyone. Some people quickly regain the weight they lose on a diet. Some even end up weighing more. Drugs that make you feel less hungry do not usually produce weight loss that lasts. If you've tried these methods and still have a problem with excess weight, you may want to consider surgery. Surgery can help some people lose weight and keep it off.
Through the SmartShape Weight Loss Centre at The Plastic Surgery Clinic we offer a safe and effective surgical procedure known as Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB) using the Lap-Band® System. LAGB is a procedure that has been shown to be effective in more than 500,000 patients worldwide. The goal of Lap-Band surgery is to provide over 90% long-term weight control with a target loss of at least 60% of excess weight.
Please note: At the SmartShape Weight Loss Centre at The Plastic Surgery Clinic we provide counseling and surgical services on an outpatient basis. Surgical options are restricted to laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (Lap-Band) on appropriately selected patients. We do not offer other surgical options such as gastric bypass, vertical banded gastroplasty or duodenal switch procedures.