Atlanta, Georgia, is the most populous city in the state of Georgia and the 37th most populous in the United States. Its large economic center makes it the ninth largest metropolitan in the country. It was recently named one of the healthiest cities to live in the nation, making it the place to be if focusing on your health and wellness is a priority.
The sophisticated city of Southern charm is not only a great place to visit, it’s a healthy place to visit and live. Wellness businesses are in demand, and they have a high percentage of frequenters. There is a focus on emotional, physical, environmental, intellectual, spiritual, social, and occupational wellness in the city. There are not only a high number of fitness centers, weight loss centers, and intramural leagues, but there are opportunities to explore nature. Check out the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Stone Mountain Park, the Centennial Olympic Park, and explore a variety of other great parks with room to roam.
There are opportunities for individuals to pursue health and wellness options with groups of like-minded individuals, too: https://www.meetup.com/topics/natural-health-wellness/us/ga/atlanta/ If solo running is more your speed, you can find a list of events and trails here: https://www.atlantatrackclub.org/register-now?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzJ75toT15wIVdiCtBh0EJAinEAAYASAAEgLQGfD_BwE
There are great bariatric surgeons in Atlanta offering advanced weight loss surgeries, like the LAP-BAND® Program. The LAP-BAND is a gastric banding procedure that is performed laparoscopically. The LAP-BAND is different than other bariatric surgeries because there are minimal incision and there is no anatomy-altering rerouting of the stomach or intestines. Below is a list of bariatric surgeons that offer the LAP-BAND, an effective, safer, and customizable weight loss surgery option.
Important LAP-BAND® System Safety Information
The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for weight reduction for patients with obesity, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions. It is indicated for use only in adult patients who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs. Patients who elect to have this surgery must make the commitment to accept significant changes in their eating habits for the rest of their lives.
The LAP-BAND® System is not recommended for non-adult patients, patients with conditions that may make them poor surgical candidates or increase the risk of poor results, who are unwilling or unable to comply with the required dietary restrictions, or who currently are or may be pregnant.
The LAP-BAND® System is a long-term implant. Explant and replacement surgery may be required. Patients who become pregnant or severely ill, or who require more extensive nutrition may require deflation of their bands. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, should be used with caution and may contribute to an increased risk of band erosion.
Placement of the LAP-BAND® System is major surgery and, as with any surgery, death can occur. Possible complications include the risks associated with the medications and methods used during surgery, the risks associated with any surgical procedure, and the patient’s ability to tolerate a foreign object implanted in the body. Most common related adverse events include: Band slippage, pouch dilation, stoma obstruction, gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal dilation, cholelithiasis, incisional infection, abdominal pain, gastroenteritis, or nausea and vomiting may occur. Reoperation may be required. Rapid weight loss may result in complications that may require additional surgery. Deflation of the band may alleviate excessively rapid weight loss or esophageal dilation.
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