Banders & Bypassers – I’m calling you!

by Christine on August 11th, 2010

filed under Gastric Banding Surgery

Gastric banders and gastric banders, I’m talking specifically to you right now.

You know how when you are considering undergoing this weight-loss surgery, it’s very important to do your due dilligence and do some research about the surgery, right? And then you’re bombarded with facts and statistics.  These stats tell you how much weight an average person loses, how much (if any) weight they gain back, the fatality statistics, the statistics about complications, and so on.  These are all very important to know, and in some cases, just downright interesting. For instance, I remember my doctor telling me that on average, gastric band patients only lose approximately 30% of the weight that they need to lose to be a healthy BMI. For me, I need to lose 100 pounds. That means that an average patient would have only lost 30 pounds with the gastric banding surgery.

Interesting stuff.

How do the doctors get this information? They get the information based upon clinical trials and government-approved research studies.  If you are willing and able, you should consider participating in some of these clinical trials and studies. In most instances you’ll just have to fill out some surveys and paperwork.  Sometimes it might mean going in to get your blood tested or whatnot, depending on the nature of the study.

If you’re interested in participating in a study, the best place to find clinical trials and government approved research programs is at  Just type in “gastric band” and click on “search.” You’ll want to look at programs that are “recruiting” (in green, in the 2nd column).

There are ALL KINDS of trials out there, too. There are general weight-loss trials, studies about obesity, studies about, for instance, how weight loss affects diabetes, how group support affects weight loss, how weight plays a role in lupus, and so on. If you suffer from any ailments other than obesity, then you should check out this listing to see if there are any studies that touch upon the topic that concerns you.

New York University also offers some clinical trials and opportunities to participate in research.

There is also an organization called the National Weight Control Registry, overseen by several medical doctors, that is trying to follow the statistics of people that have lost weight in order to determine what the key factors are in losing weight and keeping the weight off. This organization has published several peer-reviewed journal articles that are quite interesting. If you’re so inclined, check out those papers.

If you are looking to further your research about weight loss surgery or weight loss-related issues, the best place to go to find real scientific research on the subject is Pub Med. The papers that you’ll find on here are not quack studies that are published in Ladies Home Journal or The Examiner. These are real scientists with real research. The data is often a little cumbersome to weed through, so these papers may not be for you if you’re easily bored.

Before surgery, check out all the statistics that you can and get yourself fully informed. And, if you are so inclined, participate in some medical studies so your experience can help others become fully informed in the future.

If you haven’t already seen my post about getting medical ID tags, you should check it out.

If you haven’t already explored my growing resources about the gastric banding surgery (pre-surgery info, post-surgery info, complications, FAQ, and so forth), you should check it  out!

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