CHH now offers latest FDA-approved surgical device for weight-loss surgery

Cabell Huntington Hospital has introduced the latest FDA-approved surgical device for weight-loss surgery for patients who are morbidly obese. Blaine Nease, MD, FACS, director of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Center for Surgical Weight Control, is now offering patients weight-loss surgery using REALIZE™ Band technology. The surgery is ideal for many patients who are between 75 and 100 pounds overweight.

Nease said the REALIZE™ Band can be put into place more easily, meaning patients are under anesthesia for less time. The procedure is minimally invasive, so only four small incisions are used and patients usually have a shorter recovery time. In a majority of cases, patients are able to go home the same day as their surgery. Because the procedure is so much simpler, patients receiving the REALIZE™ Band may experience fewer side effects than those associated with other surgical weight-loss procedures.

Patients are also able to keep up with their post-surgery progress using a customized program that comes along with the REALIZE™ Band. The program features online resources like individual nutrition plans, fitness plans and discussion boards to help maintain healthy post-surgery lifestyles.

Dr. Nease was the first surgeon in West Virginia to use the REALIZE™ Band and is the only surgeon in the Tri-State region currently offering the procedure. The Center for Surgical Weight Control has been recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery and is located in new offices and clinical space in the 20th Street Professional Building in Huntington at the former site of HIMG.

For more information or to make an appointment to see if you are eligible for surgery using the REALIZE™ Band, please call 304-399-4121.

  • Last updated: 02/24/2014
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