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I've had my lapband for 4 years now,and i've reached my plateau in weight loss.I was told to get lapband by the nurses and ive lost 20lbs in 4years.I am only waiting for heart deseise,stroke,dialysis,blindness.My bmi is 43 right now.Can you remove my lapband and do a gastric sleeve,or bypass.I just feel we are waisting time when the correct procedure FOR ME can be done now I'm NOT GETTING ANY HEALTHIER.I am a patient of Dr.Wolf at medidcal associates on Jeferson st.My name is Tony Lee Sr.In the name of CHRIST JESUS CAN YOU HELP ME.

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Tony,
It sounds perfectly reasonable to consider removal of your Band and accomplishment of a gastric bypass.  I recommend that you check with your existing doctors to obtain a referral to a high quality bariatric surgeon in your area.

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Dr JP

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John Pilcher, MD

Expertise

I can answer medically oriented questions about bariatric surgery including: patient selection, preparation for surgery, differences between types of bariatric surgery, aftercare following bariatric surgery. I can answer detailed questions about gastric bypass, Lap-Band, gastric sleeve, and revision bariatric surgery. I am only somewhat familiar with Biliopancreatic diversion. I am not prepared to answer insurance or other financial questions related to bariatric surgery.

Experience

I have been a practicing bariatric surgeon since 1995. About 85% of my current practice consists of bariatric surgery, including all of the above procedures except biliopancreatic diversion. I am the senior surgeon of a 5-surgeon group. I am recognized among surgeons and other medical professionals as the most experienced bariatric surgeon in my region.

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Fellow of American College of Surgeons Member, American Society for Bariatric Surgery

Education/Credentials
BA in Biochemistry - University of Virginia Medical Degree - University of Virginia Surgical Residency - University of Virginia

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Alpha Omega Alpha

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