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REALIZE™ Adjustable Gastric Band

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How the REALIZE™ Adjustable Gastric Band Works

The REALIZE™ Band was designed and developed with patient safety and comfort in mind as another option for adjustable gastric banding techniques. The band is a strong, flexible silicone structure made entirely of biocompatible materials. With the REALIZE™ Band, weight loss occurs at a slower rate— ranging from 1- 2 pounds per week.

The REALIZE™ Personalized Banding Solution makes the patient feel full sooner when solid protein eaten first which results in less food consumed at one time and makes it easier for you to participate in healthy eating and lifestyle habits.

The adjustable REALIZE™ Band divides the stomach into two parts: a small upper pouch and a lower stomach, similar to the LAP-BAND. The upper pouch can only hold about 2-4 ounces (1/2 cup) of food. For this reason, you will feel full sooner and longer than usual if used correctly.

Watch the REALIZE™ Surgical Procedure Animation below:

Learn more about the REALIZE™ Band System at: (Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. a Johnson & Johnson company)

To maximize the benefits of the REALIZE Band, you should eat 2-3 small nutritionally balanced meals each day. Remember it will still be important to eat foods that are low in calories, sugar, carbs, fat, and cholesterol. Also:

  • Remember to chew slowly and take smaller bites and
  • Include protein in your meals which will help you feel full longer
  • Avoid high-calorie drinks
  • Drink more water

Ensuring your success with the REALIZE Band requires hard work, dedication to your new lifestyle, and support from your loved ones. To help you along the way, the REALIZE Personalized Banding Solution includes Realize mySuccess™ – an online tool that will help you and Dr. Feng set goals and continuosly watch your progress together - for up to 3 years.

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  • REALIZE mySUCCESS is a program that provides support to help patients successfully achieve long-term weight loss with the REALIZE™ Adjustable Gastric Band
  • Through REALIZE mySUCCESS, patients and their doctors can set goals together and continuously watch the progress being made—especially for the first three years,
    as patients adjust to new lifestyles, and so their doctors can step in precisely when needed to keep them on track
  • Content developed by professionals in health, nutrition, obesity and psychology to help patients develop personalized health plans, get information about exercise and nutrition, get alerts about potential health issues, and track their overall progress
  • Online tracking tools and personalized functions help keep patients motivated and informed

Patient Benefits

  • Doctor/Patient Communication: REALIZE mySUCCESS allows patients to stay connected to the healthcare practice. Patients’ local healthcare teams can review patient progress and provide suggestions to maintain goals between doctor visits
  • Easy to use interface: Interactive tools allow patients to set online goals and track their successes
  • Practical tips, advice and triggers: Personalized program for patients includes a food diary with recipes for suggested eating and activity plans. Information is tailored to patients’ needs regardless of whether they’re preparing for surgery or looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle post-surgery
  • Support: Helpful reminders help patients maintain healthy lifestyle habits and keep track of band adjustments, while 3-D models allow patients to see the changes their bodies are going through. Maintains a database of an extended support group of friends and family

How Does it Work?

  • With the assistance of their healthcare team, patients can gain access to REALIZE mySUCCESS prior to surgery to create their personalize weight loss program. They can enter information about their extended support team, access myFoodDiary, enter initial stats through myStats
  • As part of the myPersonalPlan, patients’ initial log-in creates a baseline for weight and measurement through myStats
  • After surgery, patients are provided with a REALIZE Medical Information Card that provides access to REALIZE mySUCCESS. The Medical Information Card features a 16-digit unique ID number.

Dr. Feng has never performed this procedure, nor taken care of or adjust REALIZE Bands.  Patients need to contact their original surgeon to determine who can care for their REALIZE Band.

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