Surgical Weight Loss Center: Lapband Surgery

Dr. Christina Richards and Callie Robins appear on Studio 5.

The Center’s team goes far beyond surgery to provide a life-changing program that includes nutritional guidance, support groups, exercise physiology, and coordination of counseling services. Their experienced, board-certified surgeons specialize in the surgical treatment of clinically obese patients. They offer the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Bileopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, Abdominoplasties, and Brachioplasties. They also offer the latest advanced endoscopic techniques available for treating weight gain.

The Surgical Weight Loss Center’s clinical team includes Dr. Daniel Cottam and Dr. Christina Richards, a registered dietitian, registered nurse, exercise physiologist, and insurance specialist. By choosing to have surgery at the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah, you are selecting a program that is specifically tailored to meet your individual needs. We believe in educating patients to make the lifestyle changes required for successful weight loss and we are committed to providing the support needed to lose the weight and keep it off.

If you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or a BMI of at least 35 with other existing medical problems, or you are facing other health risks due to obesity call 1-866-602 (THIN) 8446 for information on attending a free seminar with our staff and surgeons.

Free Lap-Band Contest

The Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah had a tremendous response to their Free Lap-Band Contest. Viewers helped choose a winner of the Free Lap-Band Procedure by voting for one of five finalists. Callie Robins from Gunnison, Utah is the winner you selected and her thoughts on how obesity has affected her life and why she should be selected as a winner in the contest:

“I often feel secluded within myself. I find myself withdrawing from activities, which if I weren’t obese, would be so much fun for me. I feel as though I’m holding myself back from my full potential. Some of the excuses I’ve made are, “If I was thinner, I would have gone for that promotion,” or “If I weren’t so fat, I would compete in local sports.” I used to compete in local sports like softball and volleyball, but now I feel as though those activities are impossible.”

“I’m tired of my weight being who I am. I know I’m more. I want to be seen as more than “chubby” or “sweet”. I miss the Callie Robbins before the weight. I feel like I gained the weight because of issues years ago. Now that I have let go of the issues, I need to let go of the weight, but I need help doing it. I want a second chance for my daughter who I would like to raise to respect a healthy lifestyle. She was a miracle in my life and I want to be healthy, so I can enjoy so much of it with her. Mostly I want to look in the mirror and LOVE what I see. I want to reflect how I feel inside, a woman of value. I would love that every person who enters this contest to win it, but I know that’s not possible. I just have the hope in my heart for a second chance at living and that I can prove I can do it right this time.

“I don’t have huge goals. I have a lot of small desires. I want to play with my daughter and not get worn out after ten minutes. I want to be able to exercise and not feel like my world is closing in on me. I hope to someday run a 5K and eventually a half-marathon, maybe more. I want to be healthy enough to have more children, which I know weight loss would help with. I just want to LIVE LIFE like it was meant to be lived.

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