Take the following steps:
If you're looking for a surgeon in the Space City, you want one who has been doing gastric banding for awhile...and doing it quite often!
Studies show that the more often a surgeon performs a particular surgery, the better the average outcome.
Search the term Houston Lap-Band Surgeons:
Finding the name of a lap-band surgeon is only the beginning. Let the interrogation begin!
Ask a prospective surgeon (or his/her office staff):
Ask where you'll be getting your gastric lap-band fills performed, and also what will happen if you move?! Will your surgeon help you find someone to get your fills in a new hometown?
Get a feel for the office staff as well, since you're likely to be seeing more of them than you will of your surgeon. Do they make you feel cared for...or do they make you feel like a number?
Another thing you should do is check out your Houston Lap-Band surgeon's record. In Texas, you can do a search at the Texas Medical Board's site.
Many Houston lap-band surgeons offer free seminars to prospective patients. I do recommend attending these, but I also recommend taking them with a grain of salt!
You'll get some valuable information, but remember that surgeons offer these seminars because they want your business!
Attend the seminar with the same mindset you would if someone were trying to sell you something. Shop around and attend a few seminars to see what your options are.
Try searching the term, houston lap band surgery seminars:
Remember, Lap-Band surgery is not a magic bullet! It's going to require lifestyle changes and getting the right nutrition in the right (smaller!) proportions.
Surgeons may know surgery, but dietitians know food. Even if your insurance doesn't pay for it or require it, a visit with a dietitian (and even ongoing visits) is important.
Having a good bariatric dietitian...like me...who's familiar with the ins and outs of the diet after gastric lap-band surgery to support you and motivate you might be just what you need to keep you on track or to get you "back on track" when you stray.
I'd be happy to work with you!
However, I'm located in Tucson, AZ and you're in Houston! That being the case, if you'd like to work with me, it's possible only via telephone consultations. (Contact me to set up an appointment.)
If you prefer meeting someone face to face, I'd suggest meeting with the dietitian associated with your bariatric clinic or interviewing a few dietitians in your area and scheduling a meeting.
Houston Lap-Band Dietitians: Registered Dietitians who work with weight loss surgery patients (as of 1/09)
See the Houston white pages to get phone numbers, address, and additional information about each dietitian.
Don't forget...you can always ask your bariatric clinic for a referral too!
LIVE SUPPORT GROUPS
Houston Area Bandsters Support Group Meeting
This group meets monthly and is led by two women who've had gastric lap-band surgery and have successfully lost 100+ pounds. The support group meetings are open to those who are banded or those who are considering gastric band surgery. It's a great opportunity to share and ask questions!The meetings are free.
Houston Area Bandsters (HAB) also meet at The Central Market 3815 Westheimer. The room is on the 2nd floor. Go in the main entrance and take either the elevator or the stairs. For more info please call: 713-960-7959
Lap-Band Houston: ONLINE SUPPORT
Yahoo Groups: HoustonAreaBansters.
This is an online Houston Lap-Band support group for patients, by patients. The group offers support and information on everything from emotional issues to area doctors and local support meeting information.
GENERAL ONLINE SUPPORT (NOT LIMITED TO THE Houston AREA)
Bandbuddies This is an online support group for those who have the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band, or are researching the procedure. A range of topics are discussed, including living with the band, day to day issues, and factors in life that affect weight.
MSN Support Group: Lap-Band
Start Your Own Online Lap-Band Blog for Support
The Gastric Band Companion: 3 Month Food and Exercise Journal: written by Tucson Dietitian, Suzette Kroll, RD. (A native Texan herself!)
Record keeping is one of the most successful behavioral techniques for weight loss and maintenance. The best way NOT to lose weight is NOT to pay attention!
The Gastric Band Companion is designed specifically for gastric lap-band patients and helps you use your surgery to lose the weight you want by helping monitor diet and exercise.
Read more on why/how to keep a lap band food journal.
A must have for any post gastric band kitchen! Stay on track by keeping your taste buds excited!
Do You Know of Other Houston Gastric Lap-Band Resources?
My goal is to provide an all inclusive list of gastric band resources in the Houston area.
More Houston Gastric Band Resources
Click below to see the resources others have added.
Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital Bariatric Support Group