"Through preventive weight loss surgery we could reverse or improve diabetes, hypertension, and joint disease."
"LAP-BAND® weight loss surgery is the wave of the future. We are here to guide you to a happier, healthier life."
"The LAP-BAND® procedure is very, very safe. The surgery is quick, minimally invasive and virtually painless."
"We provide our patients with safe and effective weight loss surgery. We also offer quality post-op care."
"Throughout his career as a weight loss surgeon, Dr. Carson Liu™ has performed over 2600 Bariatric Surgeries."
"Obesity is a chronic disease. We provide information to help you know whether obesity surgery is right for you."
"Dr. Liu makes a difference in the lives of his patients through his commitment and care. - American Diabetes Association"
"If you are obese and have failed at numerous diets, surgery may be your only realistic option for lasting weight loss."

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Realize™ Band

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LA Realize Band: Dr. Carson Liu™

If you are looking for an alternative to gastric bypass surgery or the LAP-BAND® System, the new REALIZE™ Band may be an option for you.

Like the LAP-BAND® System, the REALIZE™ Band encourages weight loss by limiting the amount of food a patient can eat at one time. Unlike gastric bypass, an important advantage of the REALIZE™ Band is that it does not interfere with the normal absorption of nutrients and vitamins.

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How It Works

The REALIZE™ Band is a flexible and adjustable silicone band that is surgically wrapped around the stomach, reshaping it into two chambers:

  • A small upper stomach chamber is connected to a lower stomach chamber through a narrow opening.
  • After the surgery, the upper stomach chamber can only hold four ounces of food, making a patient feel full sooner than usual.
  • The lower stomach chamber does not need to be filled for a patient to feel full.
  • The band slows the flow of food into the lower stomach, which also slows overall digestion.
  • The size of the band can be adjusted after surgery by adding or removing fluid from within the band via an injection port and tubing.

Benefits of REALIZE™ Band Surgery

  • Less invasive than traditional gastric bypass surgery
  • No stomach stapling, cutting or rerouting of intestine function
  • No risk of intestinal leakage or "dumping"
  • Comes with an online tool called RealizemySuccess™ to help you set goals and keep track of progress

Factors to Consider with REALIZE™ Band Surgery

For best-case-scenario weight loss after surgery, patients need to have monthly follow-up appointments with their surgeon for the first year. In addition:

  • The REALIZE™ Band will need to be adjusted three to five times in the first year.
  • Patients who are sweet eaters may have a harder time losing weight.
  • If a patient overeats, he/she may regurgitate or feel uncomfortable.

If you live in the Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Irvine and Culver City, area and are interested in finding out more about REALIZE™ Band surgery, please contact the nationally recognized bariatric surgical team led by acclaimed bariatric surgeon Dr. Carson Liu™.


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