My Journey To a Better Life - Phoenix, AZ

I had my lapband placed 2.5 years ago. I have...

I had my lapband placed 2.5 years ago. I have lost 103 pounds so far. I am at goal. I am at a normal BMI, and I am off all of my Blood Pressure Meds. I have not had any problems with my band or my experience.

My suggestion is do your research so that you will be prepared for the required lifestyle changes. The band is only a tool that will help you lose weight if you follow the rules and do the work. It has not been easy, but the journey has been well worth it! I am the healthiest I have been in years!

I had to have my Lapband removed in April 2015

My body was not liking the band all of last year. After numerous tests, everything came back norma,l but I was still having way too many "stuck" episodes being completely unfilled. It was decided that my surgeon would go in and Unbuckle my band in December of 2014. The plan was to remove the scar capsule around my band & unbuckle the band so my body could rest for a few months & then go back in and re-buckle the band. After that, I was still having issues eating solid protein & I decided to remove my band to prevent further complications & more surgery. I realize that I had learned enough in the past 4 years with the help of my band. It was me who did the majority of the work, so I made the choice to go at it alone & see if I can maintain without my Lapband. My band came out in April 2015. My surgeon said it was the best choice because my body had built up more scar tissue around the band which was causing all of my issues. I was lucky that I got to goal before I had issues and had to have my band removed. I was unlucky to be one of the few who have scarring issues and my body no longer liked the foreign object in my body.
Doctor Orris

My surgeon is amazing. He is very competent and really seems to care about his patients. I would highly recommend Dr. Orris and his partners at WLIA.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
3 out of 5 stars Payment process
2 out of 5 stars Wait times
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