Foothills Weight Loss Specialists first in region to offer new weight loss banding procedure

Foothills Weight Loss Specialists is offering yet another option to patients considering surgery to lose weight - the Realize Adjustable Gastric Band. Foothills surgeon Dr. Mark Colquitt is the first surgeon in East Tennessee to become certified for the procedure.

The Realize device is a synthetic band that is surgically implanted around the stomach. It restricts the amount of food the body can take in. The procedure has been proven to not only help with weight loss but also improve or resolve health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.

In clinical trials, Realize patients lost an average of 50 pounds within the first year of surgery and maintained that weight loss over three years.

“Gastric band patients are able to lose significant weight and improve their overall health in a relatively short period of time,” said Dr. Colquitt. “While the surgery is among the most effective treatments for morbid obesity, it is just one step along the patient’s journey.”

Dr. Colquitt said as with most surgeries, patients must also commit to changing their diet and lifestyle. With that in mind, patients are also offered the online Realize mySUCCESS program, which provides support to help patients achieve their long-term goals.

“The plan provides a support system and keeps the physicians involved in the overall process,” said Dr. Colquitt. “A major factor in successful weight loss is finding that emotional and mental support.”

Patients set up their own progress plan to help develop new habits in physical activity and nutrition, and they receive continual support.

The Realize Adjustable Gastric Band is specifically designed for patients who are morbidly obese and where more conservative weight loss efforts have failed. The band has been available outside the U.S. since 1996 and has been used by more than 100,000 patients worldwide.

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