Gastric Lap-Band Surgery Dallas
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Lap-Band Surgery Dallas

Thinking about having lap-band surgery?

Take the following steps:

Gastric Lap-Band Surgery Dallas: Finding a Surgeon

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

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Finding the name of a lap-band surgeon is only the beginning.

Let the interrogation begin!

Interview Your Potential Surgeon

Ask a prospective surgeon (or his/her office staff):

  • How many surgeries he's performed
  • How long he's been performing the surgery
  • Where he performs the surgery

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.

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Gastric Lap-Band Surgery Dallas: Seminars

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:

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Gastric Lap-Band Surgery Dallas: Dietitians

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 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!

I provide:

  • Post-surgery Nutrition Counseling
  • Personalized Menu Suggestions
  • Balanced Meal Planning
  • Help with stalled weight loss and/or weight gain
  • Ongoing support, encouragement, and accountability

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)

  • Connie Cox
  • Mallory Pope
  • T Jones
  • Susan Rodder
  • Carrie Johnson
  • Alice Baland
  • Jennifer Hogstad
  • Michelle Negri
  • Nita Purcell

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!

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Gastric Lap-Band Surgery Dallas: Support Groups


Surgical Center for the Treatment of Morbid Obesity
Louis Fox, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Medical City Hospital, Dallas, TX 75230
Phone: (972) 566-4560

Live Band-Aid
Meet every Third Monday of the Month
7:00 pm
Grace Lutheran Church
1200 E. Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton
Please contact Cher Ewing (214) 534-7455 for more information and to confirm time and day.

Bariatric Surgery Center of Dallas
8210 Walnut Hill Lane
Professional Building 1, Suite 513
Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: (214) 265-SLIM
or (214) 696-2890

The Center for Obesity Surgery of Dallas, TX
7777 Forest Lane, Suite A234
Dallas, TX 75230
Phone: (972) 566-7810

North Texas Bariatric & General Surgery
Frank D. Veninga, M.D., F.A.C.S., A.S.B.S.
4333 N. Josey Lane, Suite 207
Carrollton, TX 75010
Phone: (972) 395-5527

Surgery Center of Richardson
610 N Coit Road, Suite 2120
Richardson, TX 75080
Phone: (214) 389-7414 Call for updates and changes on support group topics, times and dates.

Gastric Lap-Band Surgery Dallas: ONLINE SUPPORT

These are some of the most popular on-line gastric band support groups on The groups are free to be a part of, but you have to sign up for them.

Dr. Fox, a Dallas bariatric surgeon, has created a positive support system for bandsters and soon to be bandsters to come together and talk about how the gastric band has impacted their lives. This support group is meant to be a supportive forum where members can share their success, discuss frustrations and experiences by providing support for each other and making new friends.

This is a support group for people who have had an Adjustable Gastric Band and for those who are considering it. This group is meant to be a supportive forum where members in the DFW area can share their successes, discuss frustrations and experiences, support each other, and make new friends.


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

This online support group/message board is a source of information and support for those with a gastric band or those considering it.

Start Your Own Online Lap-Band Blog for Support

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Gastric Lap-Band Surgery Dallas: Must Have Books

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!

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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.

If you know of a resource...a meeting, a good book, a clothing exchange, etc. in the DFW area that I've missed, please add it here.

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