First Patient To Receive Realize™ Gastric Band Is Realizing Great Success

March 9, 2009

When Becky Herrala read about the Realize gastric band and support program in the September/October issue of HealthScope, she signed up for a seminar that day. “I have Type 1 diabetes and am insulin resistant,” she explained. “I have a hard time losing weight, because the more insulin you take the more weight you tend to gain. I went to the first seminar and liked everything Dr. Lankford had to say. The preparation, nutritional support, and the online program all made it the right choice for me.”

Ashley Lankford, MD, was one of the first physicians in the United States to be trained in the revolutionary procedure called the Realize™ Personalized Banding Solution. “It is a minimally invasive procedure that is
accompanied by a comprehensive support program,” said Dr. Lankford.  “And research shows that support
is critical in helping patients lose weight and keep it off.”

Becky explained that you have to lose a certain percentage of your weight prior to surgery. “You do it to show that you are mentally prepared to make the changes you need to make and to improve your liver function. They help you all the way. For people who are overweight, it’s not hard to start a diet; it’s the follow-through that’s tough. Here, you can lose those first few pounds, then have the surgery so you can stay on track.”

To Attend a Free Seminar

Dr. Lankford presents free seminars on the Realize™ gastric banding option once a month. For information
or to register, call 1-800-4-SOURCE (1-800-476-8723) or visit www.floydmemorial.com/weightloss
to watch the seminar online.