Take the following steps:
If you're looking for a surgeon, you want one who has been doing Lap-Band 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 Lap-Band Florida 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 research your Lap-Band surgeon. Check out his/her record!
Now, many lap-band Florida 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.
Search for lap-band Florida 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 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 Florida! While we both have good weather, we're a bit far apart to work together. 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.
Lap-Band Florida: Registered Dietitians who work with weight loss surgery patients (as of 2/09)
Victoria Selkirk, RD, LD
Darina Neel MNS, RD, LD (Lee Canter for Weight Management)
Barbara Correll MS, RD, LD, CLC
Lisa Eichenbaum MS, RD, LD
Alix Landman MPH, RD, LD
Juliana Maggio, RD
Alix Norman, PhD (Nutrition Smarts)
Kim Koevenig, RD (Halifax Wieght Mgt. Center)
Anne Schreiner RD (Joslin Diabetic Center)
Abbe Breiter MS, RD, LD
Mary Kozolis RN, BSN, MS, RD
Lisa Levy, RD
Linda Glanzmann, BS
Tina Reynolds RD
Mary Branagan RD, LD
Patricia Gregory RD (Center for Obesity Surgery in Gainsville)
Vivian Tiegen, RD (Surgical Weight Control Center)
Claudia Range, RD
Lonna Forss RD, LD
Karen Beerbauer MS, LD, RD
Lucille Beseler MS
Carolyn Flynn MS, RD, LD
Ann Davies RD, LD
Andrea Groves RD, LD
Rebecca Bilodeau RD, LD
Carrie Chapman MS, RD, LD (Munroe Regional Medical Center)
Jeanne Mazat, RD
Sharie Youmans, RD
Linda Lockett Brown
Janice Bader RD, LD
Meredith Luce MS, RD, LD
Sheila Dean MS, RD, LD, CDE
Rosa Becerra, RD
Dolly Cedeno, RD
Amy Hughes RD, LD
Traci Sipperly, RD (Sacred Heart Health System)
Leanne Littrell MS, RD , LD (Surgical Associates of Charlotte County)
Linda Bethel RD
Sabrina Hernandez RD, LD, CDE (Raben & Feldman, M.D.'s & Associates)
Melissa Dancer-Brown (Capital Health)
Jennifer Broder-Katz RD, LD, CNSD
Barbara Correll MS, RD, LD, CLC
Fran Rinchuse RD, LD
Bobbi Sheffield RD, LD
Lilian Craggs, RD, LD
Gina Sweat RD, LD
Don't forget...you can always ask your bariatric clinic for a referral too!
Lap-Band Florida: Support Groups
Lap-Band Florida: LIVE SUPPORT GROUPS
Beginning the Journey
Florida Hospital Bariatric Program Support Group
Memorial Regional Hospital/ Surgical Consultants of Hollywood
Jacksonville Bandsters Lap-Band Support Group
The Weight Loss Surgery Support Group of Jacksonville
Dr. Jessee's Patients
ObesityHelp - Mid Pinellas County
The Weight's Over of Central Florida (WOCF)
Tallahassee WLS Support Group
Tampa Bariatrics Support Group
Florida Obesity Surgical
Lap-Band Florida: ONLINE SUPPORT
Start Your Own Online Lap-Band Blog for Support!
The Gastric Band Companion: 3 Month Food and Exercise Journal written by Bariatric Dietitian, Suzette Kroll, RD.
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 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 Lap-Band surgery kitchen! Stay on track by keeping your taste buds excited!
Do You Know of Other Florida Gastric Lap-Band Resources?
My goal is to provide an all inclusive list of gastric band resources in the Sunshine State.