Gastric Lap Band Surgery For Weight Loss
June 5, 2001 - FDA today approved a new surgically implanted device to help severely obese people lose weight. The product, the Lap-Band Adjustable Gastric Banding System, made by BioEnterics Corporation of Carpinteria, Calif., is an inflatable band that is placed around the upper stomach to create a small gastric pouch. This limits food consumption and creates an earlier feeling of fullness.
Today we are starting a new series on OBGYN.net about treatments for non-ob/gyn conditions that some women will choose to have in their lifetime. Roberta Speyer, owner and publisher of OBGYN.net, traveled to Frankfurt, Germany in December for a treatment for obesity that is not FDA-approved in the United States. This surgery as well as other topics will be highlighted in the months to come.
OBGYN.net is planning a new section for our web site. We are dedicating a section to both the wellness of women and to general topics of special interest to women. We are starting to develop these new topics here on the Women's Home Page in preparation for the new section, which should be online this summer.
Researchers have found that obese women are twice as likely to experience failed induction of labor compared to women of normal weight. The rate of failed induction increased with increasing obesity. Further, obesity was also associated with increased neonatal morbidity—infants born to obese women were more likely to have an Apgar score of less than 7 at 5 minutes, require assisted ventilation, require use of antibiotics, and experience neonatal transfer.
Talk about breast cancer and naturally, people think of the disease that is the number one cancer among women. But the truth is that breast cancer is on the rise among both women and men, and researchers think the national obesity crisis may be to blame.
Once you are diagnosed as having gestational diabetes, you and your health care providers will want to know more about your day-to-day blood sugar levels.