Julia Sonders remembers having a weight problem from the time she reached puberty. She tried everything to lose weight: nutrition counseling, a vigorous walking regimen, guidance from a personal trainer, and diets.
Always the diets. Nothing worked. By the time Julia was 22 she carried 227 pounds on her 5’4” frame. That was the year she embarked on a year’s research into weight loss surgery that led her to Dr. Darrin Hansen.
“His success stories spoke to me,” relates Julia, “and he was very kind. I was so sad and disappointed in myself, but he didn’t look down on me. He gave me hope. I decided the LAP-BAND and Dr. Hansen’s support program were right for me.”
Today, Julia is a svelte 132 pounds, and says Dr. Hansen and LAP-BAND surgery changed her life:
“I’m a different person. The things I’m capable of now, the opportunities I have, the way I think are all improved.”
SHEDDING EXCESS POUNDS DOES MORE THAN BOOST YOUR MORALE. IT REDUCES HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH DIABETES, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, ACID REFLUX, SLEEP APNEA, AND HEART DISEASE.
“Helping people overcome these challenges is what prompted me to open my own practice, with expanded value and services, in a convenient location for my community,” says bariatric and general surgeon Dr. Darrin Hansen.
He is a Center of Excellence Bariatric Surgeon and has helped more than 800 patients lose health-threatening excess weight with laparoscopic gastric banding.
“Excess weight has so many health implications,” says Dr. Hansen. “I am passionate about helping people wake up to the dangers sooner rather than later and to take action to reduce their health risks with the safest, quickest, least invasive approach to surgical weight loss available.”
- Fewest surgical risks
- Lowest complication rate
- Performed on an outpatient basis
- Speediest recovery
“We offer all the tools patients need to succeed: pre-operative seminars and counseling by a bariatric coordinator who is herself a LAP-BAND success story, dietitian services, a mental health counselor, and guidance in selecting exercises and activities to support healthy, sustained weight loss,” describes Dr. Hansen.
“Our post-operative support groups are led by people who have had LAP-BAND surgery, and I make a lifelong commitment to helping my patients stay on track.”