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Centennial Is The First To Offer Realize™ Personalized Banding Solution

May 05, 2008

Centennial Medical Center is the first hospital in Nashville to offer the REALIZE™ Adjustable Gastric Band, a device that is surgically implanted around the stomach to help people with morbid obesity lose weight and improve or resolve obesity-related health conditions including type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and high cholesterol.

In the clinical trial that led to its FDA approval, REALIZE™ Band patients lost an average of 50 pounds or 40 percent of their excess body weight within the first year of surgery and maintained that weight loss over three years. More than one-third of patients lost 50 percent or more and about 10 percent lost 75 percent or more of their excess weight.

“Gastric band patients are able to lose a significant amount of weight and improve their overall health status in a relatively short period of time, considering many have been morbidly obese for years prior to surgery,” said Dr. Douglas Olsen, Bariatric Surgeon at Centennial Medical Center. “And while the surgery is among the most effective treatments for morbid obesity, it is just one stop along the patient’s journey. Patients must make changes to their diet and lifestyle after surgery to help achieve long-term success.”

With that in mind, the REALIZE™ Personalized Banding Solution gives patients the REALIZE mySUCCESS™ program, which provides support to help patients successfully achieve long-term weight loss with the REALIZE Band.  Patients can establish a tailored progress plan, to develop new health habits in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, and emotional well-being.  Through REALIZE mySUCCESS™, patients and physicians can set goals and continuously watch the patient’s progress together—especially for the first three years, as the patient adjusts to his/her new lifestyle—so healthcare providers can step in precisely when needed to keep patients on track. 

“REALIZE mySUCCESS works closely with our bariatric team,” said Pam Davis, Bariatric Program Director at the Centennial Center for the Treatment of Obesity. “The information provided is comprehensive yet specific to the needs of a gastric band patient. Our patients are really benefiting from having this added support that is available online day and night.”

The REALIZE™ Adjustable Gastric Band is a device intended for use in weight reduction for patients with morbid obesity and is indicated for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2, or a BMI of at least 35 kg/m2 with one or more co-morbid conditions.  It is for use in morbidly obese adult patients who have failed more conservative weight-reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs.

REALIZE™ Band patients in the U.S. clinical study experienced a 22% increase in good cholesterol (HDL) and a decrease in bad cholesterol (LDL), total cholesterol and triglycerides 36 months after surgery. In addition, patients experienced a statistically significant reduction in the key indicator for type 2 diabetes.

Centennial Medical Center, part of TriStar Health System®, is a 665-bed tertiary facility that has been accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.  Centennial Medical Center has been recognized as one of the country’s 100 Top Hospitals in cardiovascular medicine, stroke service, orthopedics, and breast cancer management.