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Farewell to True Results

We are happy to help patients who were banded by True Results whether it is to:

(a) Relearn how to use the band and get adjustments as needed
(b) Remove the band and convert to a gastric sleeve to continue with weight loss
(c) Evaluate where you are with your Lap-Band journey and decide if this is best for you

True Results closed their doors a couple of years ago without much notice to their patients. So it will be difficult to even get records of your operation.

We will work with your insurance company, if they cover the band and taking care of it- or we will give you the most competitive price in the valley to help you.

Sometimes True Results did not use insurance benefits and some insurance companies will exclude the Lap-Band from their coverage.

Our model is different than True Results – I do all the adjustments, unless I am out of town and there is an emergency.

In our first consultation, we will:

Get an x-ray of your band so we can see if there are any anatomic issues with it. We do this x-ray in our office

Adjust your band, if needed

Discuss other weight loss surgery options, if you would like.

All for one low fee of $250. Follow up adjustments are typically $150 unless they are covered by insurance, then they are the co-pay and or deductible based on your policy.

Let us know if we can help.

If Something Gets Stuck in your Lapband

STOP EATING.
* Wait
* Walk around
* Put your hands in your armpits and flap your elbows in a circular motion.
* Stretch as high as you can.
* Take a hot shower.
* Think about how you sinned and swear you’ll never do that again.
* Tiny sips of hot tea.
* Bounce down the stairs.
* Bend over and try to touch your toes.
* Get an unfill.

The main thing is that if something is stuck in the band it will come out. It feels horrible.

DO NOT attempt to force it down by drinking more water.

The tiny sips of tea are just to test to see if it is down

ER often cannot do anything unless they are willing to attempt an unfill of a band.

Know your doctor’s office hours (our hours are Monday 9-11:30 and 1-2:45, Thursday 8-11:30 and 1-4:30 and Friday 9 to 11:45).

Some places provide weekend unfills of bands – but be certain to know if they are providing them with an appropriate needle (Non-coring Huber type) and learn how much they will be taking out of the band.

We provide unfills on weekends for our patients if we are in town- but it is not covered by insurance or any other plan and costs $100 cash – provided the patient has taken our course “Mastering the Band ” – a course that helps them learn how to not get into trouble. Actually – if they have taken the course they get, upon graduation, a certificate for that magical office visit or a weekend unfill (some get the buy the course and get the credit ahead of time).

Does Weight Loss Resolve Diabetes?

Weight loss surgery has been shown again and again to be an effective way to improve or even resolve type 2 diabetes. Although bariatric procedures were initially created with the goal of weight loss, surgeons were happy to find these surgeries were also having positive metabolic results in patients.

One previously unanswered question has been whether there is a particular surgery that is superior in terms of improving glucose control. Now, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation has provided new information; it has shown it is the weight loss that comes from bariatric surgery that is responsible for improving metabolic responses in obese, insulin resistant, nondiabetic patients. Continue reading