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News Room: Press Releases

Virtua Lap Band Surgery team recognized

Over the last two years, surgeon Adam Goldstein, DO, FACS, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Virtua Voorhees, and the Virtua Lap Band surgery team have completed more than 160 successful Lap Band surgeries.

According to Allergan Health's South Jersey Area Manager, Susan Palmer, Dr. Goldstein and the Virtua surgical team have completed more Lap Band surgeries than anyone in the geographic region. Allergen Health is the manufacturer of the Lap Band System, the largest selling gastric band in the world.

Lap Band surgery benefits overweight adults by placing a band around the upper portion of the stomach, decreasing the size of the stomach and limiting food intake.

Thanks to Virtua's highly skilled surgery team, eligible patients from all over the Delaware Valley who receive this surgery have been able to shed, on average, between 50 and 60 percent of their excess body weight and keep it off. Some patients have even exceeded this range.

To be eligible for the surgery, a patient must be 75 to 80 pounds overweight and must complete Virtua's New Beginnings Weight Loss Surgery Program, which helps ensure weight loss maintenance through pre- and post-op education, counseling and ongoing support.

Virtua's New Beginnings program offers participants access to a behavior therapist, nurses and dietitians who work closely with patients to provide ongoing support. Supervised exercise training sessions are an optional element, provided at Virtua's state-of-the-art William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness. The proof that it works is in the numbers. A recent survey of Virtua's gastric bypass patients showed that weight loss at 12 months was 122 pounds, or 93.3 percent of excess body weight. And for patients who had gastric bypass surgeries more than one year ago, 95 percent of lost weight was maintained.

Compared to other weight loss surgeries, Lap Band surgery complication and mortality rates are significantly less, and the procedure yields similar weight loss results over the long term. In addition, Lap Band surgery offers patients:

  • A minimally invasive weight loss procedure
  • No stomach stapling or cutting
  • No intestinal re-routing
  • Adjustability and removal
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery

If you are interested in learning more about weight-loss surgery, Virtua provides free informational sessions at the Barry D. Brown Health Education Center in Voorhees and at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly. For more information, call 1-888-Virtua-3.

Visit Fitsmart, Virtua's Center for Weight Management & longevity, to find out more about how to focus on healthy eating, physical activity, stress management and positive lifestyle changes.
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley for seven consecutive years. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.