WLS Journeys – Guest Ramon Lopez

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Previously featured on TLC's Big Medicine, Ramon Lopez weighed nearly 500 pounds prior to weight loss surgery. Although he lost more than 270 pounds little more than a year after his procedure, his struggle to find a sense of peace and happiness had just begun. In this episode of WLS Journeys, Ramon speaks candidly with host Yvonne McCarthy about his struggles with cross-addictions post-op, and his newfound sense of purpose in communicating a message of hope to others who suffer from obesity.

Craig Thompson

Craig Thompson, founder of the Weight Loss Surgery Channel and host of 90 Seconds to Success, underwent open Roux en-Y gastric bypass surgery in May...

Laura Preston

At 6'1", Laura Preston always felt like the "big girl". She did not let her size stop her from rising high in the ranks of Manhattan's beauty and fashion industry. But when her weight eventually reached 365 pounds, she new she had to make a change. After a gastric bypass in March 2005, Laura dropped more than 165 pounds, and discovered a new way of living. Now, she brings her wit and wisdom to viewers as host of The Big Do-Over, an upbeat program featuring fresh advice on beauty, fashion, fitness and living well after weight loss surgery!

WLS Journeys – Guest Gaye Tindel

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Yvonne McCarthy, host of WLS Journeys, talks with guest Gaye Tindel about the remarkable improvements to her health that she experienced after undergoing weight loss surgery, despite having waited until her late 40s. Although she admits her life is far from perfect since undergoing a gastric bypass several years ago, Gaye shares her successes and the lessons she has learned about the true toll that obesity takes on our lives. Tune in to view this latest episode, and discover the impact that weight loss surgery can have on your physical and emotional health.
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Lap-Band vs. Gastric Bypass – Video Feature

Can you lose the same amount of weight with a Lap-Band as with a gastric bypass ? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each procedure? In this brief video, Dr. David Provost explains the difference between the Lap-Band and the Roux en Y gastric bypass, including possible side effects and the long-term follow-up care that they require. Learn which procedure may be best for you--click here to watch!

WLS Journeys – Guest Debra Flores

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In the first episode of the uplifting new series WLS Journeys, host Yvonne McCarthy talks with Debra Flores, a 10 year veteran of two weight loss surgeries. After her first weight loss surgery, a vertical gastric banding procedure, Debra suffered from severe dumping syndrome which led to malnutrition. After a rigorous search for a weight loss revision surgeon, Debra had a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and achieved weight loss success. Through Debra’s inspirational story, she offers hope and words of encouragement to those in all stages of their weight loss journey.

What is Lap-Band Surgery?

The Lap-Band procedure has gained popularity in recent years as a weight loss surgery treatment for morbidly obese patients. The operation is performed laparoscopically and is reversible; however, routine follow-up visits with a bariatric surgeon are necessary for lasting success. This article provides an overview of the risks and benefits of the Lap-Band procedure.