In addition to our own website, there are other resources on the
Internet that provide a great deal of information on weight loss
surgery and the options available today. Because we are committed
to improving the overall health knowledge of our patients, we are
providing the following selection of website links you might find
useful and informative. We have organized the links into categories
in order to provide quick access to the topics of greatest interest
If you have a suggestion for a new link, please send us an email,
as we are always looking for good resources to pass along to our
valued patients and visitors to our website. We hope you find these
The following links provide updated information on bariatric surgery
by the largest bariatric assocations across the country.
- American Obesity
The American Obesity Association (AOA) is an organization
focused on changing public policy and the overall perceptions about obesity. The
AOA serves as an advocate for obese people across the country with a goal to re-conceptualize
obesity to be viewed as a disease rather than an individual failure.
American Society for Bariatric
The American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) was founded
in 1983 and is the largest society for this specialty in the world. Their website
is intended to provide education and support to surgeons and allied health professionals
with some additional information also available for patients considering bariatric
Society of Bariatric Physicians
Formed in 1950, The American Society
of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) is a non-profit international medical association
of allied health care professionals with special interest and experience in the
treatment of obesity and related disorders. The ASBP provides useful information
to their members, the health care industry, and the general public.
The following links provide some good information
on topics of interest to bariatric patients.
Detailed bariatric (weight loss) surgery information, resources,
and tools for people struggling with morbid obesity seeking to
lose excess body weight for good. The site provides information
on the health risks of obesity, diseases caused by morbid obesity,
and the effectiveness and risks of bariatric surgery options available
Learn everything you need to know about the LAP-BANDŽ System (for
the adjustable gastric banding procedure); considered one of the
safest and least invasive weight-loss surgery procedures available
today. The site includes information about costs and insurance,
as well as post-op resources such as checklists, guidelines and
ObesityHelp.com is dedicated to the education, empowerment and
support of all individuals affected by obesity, along with their
families, friends, employers, surgeons and physicians. Membership
to ObesityHelp.com is free and provides patients with weight loss
resources, message boards, chat rooms, and other interactive features.
- Realize Band
The REALIZE Personalized Banding Solution is more than a gastric
band designed to help you lose weight. It's a solution that will
help you to discover a new life. The REALIZE Personalized Banding
Solution is unique because, in addition to the REALIZE Band, it
includes a one-of-a-kind patient support system - REALIZE mySUCCESS
- that will help guide you on your journey to consistent, long-term
weight loss. The site includes everything you want to know about
the product, insurance approval and or financing and more.
Patient Advocacy Groups
patient advocacy groups work on behalf of overweight and obese people to inform
the public, media, Congress and other influencers about the effects of obesity.
The mission of Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is
to elevate and empower those affected by obesity through education, advocacy and
support. They continue to educate patients, family members and the public on obesity
and morbid obesity.
Since 1982, NAASO has been a scientific society dedicated
to the study of obesity. The society is committed to promoting research, education
and advocacy to better understand, prevent, and treat obesity and improve the
lives of those affected.
The following are general health related sites that cover a broad spectrum of
issues and topics.
Institutes of Health
Official website of the National Institutes of
Health (NIH). NIH is one of the world's foremost medical research centers. An
agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH is the Federal
focal point for health research. The NIH website offers health information for
the public as well as medical professionals. The website has an A-Z index on various
health topics, NIH health resources, clinical trials, health hotlines, MEDLINEplus,
drug information, and more.
Sleep is not merely a "time out" from our busy routines;
it is essential for good health, mental and emotional functioning and safety.
Check out this website to learn whether you're getting the quality -- and quantity
-- sleep you need.
The leading source for trustworthy and timely health and medical news
and information. Providing credible health information, supportive community,
and educational services by blending award-winning expertise in content, community
services, expert commentary, and medical review.