Dr. Bhoyrul discusses how LAP-BAND® bariatric surgery differs from cosmetic surgery and explains if bariatric surgery will affect a woman’s comorbid conditions.
The LAP-BAND® system is the least invasive of all the bariatric surgeries that we do. Our patients will typically have surgery that takes about an hour, they will go home, sometimes within two hours of surgery.
So that’s very exciting and people have thought a bit about it as minimal access surgery, as minimally invasive surgery, and sometimes people think about it in the same context as they might think of cosmetic surgery.
However, what distinguishes the LAP-BAND® from cosmetic surgery is that what we are really here to do isn’t just to get people to lose weight but more importantly we are here to take away the illnesses, the co-morbidities that are associated with people who suffer from obesity.
Diabetes – 75 percent of the diabetics will get better or will get complete resolution from LAP-BAND® surgery. Sleep apnea, hypertension, joint disease, depression, cholesterol, the list is almost endless.
In fact if a disease is caused by suffering from morbid obesity then we should, at the very least, be able to stop it from getting worse, to halt the progression of the co-morbidity or in the best case scenario reverse it completely.
So the LAP-BAND®, in fact the main aim of the LAP-BAND® is to halt the progression and to reverse the co-morbidities associated with suffering from obesity.
About Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul, M.D.:
Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul, M.D., is the award-winning surgeon in charge of the bariatric surgery program at La Jolla Weight Management. He is a fellowship-trained specialist in laparoscopic surgery and an attending surgeon at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California and Alvarado Hospital in San Diego. Previously, Dr. Bhoyrul was the head of general surgery and surgical director of bariatric surgery at the Scripps Clinic. Each year since 2005, Dr. Bhoyrul has been selected by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America.” He was also honored with San Diego’s “Top Doctor” award for 2008.