By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: October 2012
Sherrel Jones has lost 81 pounds since having Lap-Band® surgery.
The Lap-Band® Center of Oklahoma uses the Lap-Band® Adjustable Gastric Banding System by Allergan. According to Dr. Ladd Atkins, “It is by far the safest weight loss surgery device on the market today.”
Dr. Atkins explains that the Lap-Band® System is much safer than stomach stapling or gastric bypass surgery because there is no cutting or stapling involved. This process is the least invasive way to use surgery to reduce the amount of food the stomach can hold. “It’s less invasive than gall bladder surgery,” Dr. Adkins explains.
The Lap-Band® Adjustable Gastric Banding System restricts how much the stomach can hold by placing an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach. There is no cutting or stapling needed to divide the upper stomach pouch from the lower stomach. The result is that patients take in less food.
The ideal patient has a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or higher with at least one comorbidity (secondary disorder or disease), which typically includes type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis. The patient generally wants to lose 80 to 100 pounds and is motivated to lose the weight.
Lap-Band® patient Sherrel Jones shares her story: “I am a weight loss work in progress! I am finally having success, and I am headed toward my weight loss goal thanks to Lap-Band surgery. I had my Lap-Band® surgery a little over a year ago, on April 27, 2011 at the Lap-Band Center of Oklahoma. I have lost 81 pounds so far. My bariatric surgeon was Dr. Ladd Atkins. The decision to have the surgery was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I had developed all kinds of health issues due to being overweight: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep issues. Within weeks of the surgery, these issues began to disappear and I was able to stop taking many of the prescriptions I had taken for years.
Throughout my lifetime I had tried every diet plan and weight loss medication I could get my hands on, hoping something would work! I had finally convinced myself that my metabolism was shot and weight loss was not going to happen for me.
When I met Dr. Atkins at the Lap-Band® Center of Oklahoma, I was immediately impressed with the positive encouragement I received there. Dr. Atkins gave me the hope that Lap-Band® surgery would work for me, and it has! Dr. Atkins and his staff are knowledgeable about the Lap-Band® Adjustable Gastric Banding System. The care and commitment they have shown during my follow-up visits has been tremendous. I look forward to each office visit, not only to see my weight loss progress, but also to hear the words of encouragement from Dr. Atkins’s nurses, Euphamia and Gay Lynn. They are my weight loss cheerleaders!
Roberta Wagle, bariatric coordinator for the Lap-Band® Center of Oklahoma, walked me through the first steps before and after surgery, and she continues to be available to answer any questions I have.
I am still on my weight loss journey but I am so thrilled that the 81 pounds that I have lost so far are gone forever! Success is a reality for me now. The Lap-Band® Adjustable Gastric Band is a “tool” that I will use for the rest of my life to help me continue to easily eat less and be completely satisfied with smaller meal choices. For the first time in my life, I know that I will be able to reach my weight loss goal and even more exciting is that I am confident that I will be able to maintain my weight loss efforts.”
For more information about Lap-Band® Center of Oklahoma, located in the Pinnacle Specialty Hospital, visit www.lapbandcenterofoklahoma.com.
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Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.