Take the following steps:
If you're looking for a bariatric surgeon, 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: dallas 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 gastric lap-band surgeon's record. In Texas, you can do a search of lap-band surgery Dallas doctors at the Texas Medical Board's site.
Now, many 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: lap band surgery dallas seminars:
Remember, gastric banding surgery is not magic! You're going to require lifestyle changes and getting the right nutrition in the right (smaller!) proportions to be successful and healthy.
Surgeons may know surgery, but dietitians know food. Even if your insurance doesn't pay for it or require it, visiting with a dietitian is important.
Having a good bariatric dietitian...like me...who's familiar with the ins and outs of the diet after gastric 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 Dallas! 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.
Gastric Lap-Band Surgery Dallas: Dietitians who work with weight loss surgery patients (as of 12/08)
See the Dallas white pages to get phone numbers, address, and additional information about each dietitian.
You can always ask your bariatric clinic for a referral too!
LIVE SUPPORT GROUPS
Surgical Center for the Treatment of Morbid Obesity
Bariatric Surgery Center of Dallas
The Center for Obesity Surgery of Dallas, TX
North Texas Bariatric & General Surgery
Surgery Center of Richardson
Gastric Lap-Band Surgery Dallas: ONLINE SUPPORT
These are some of the most popular on-line gastric band support groups on yahoo.com. The groups are free to be a part of, but you have to sign up for them.
GENERAL ONLINE SUPPORT (NOT LIMITED TO THE DFW AREA)
MSN Support Group: Lap-Band
This online support group/message board is a source of information and support for those with a gastric band or those considering it.
The Gastric Band Companion: A 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 Dallas Gastric Lap-Band Resources?
My goal is to provide an all inclusive list of gastric band resources in the DFW area.