Largest Lap-Band Study results Report and we are in it!

At South Valley Surgical, we specialize in the Lap-Band weight loss procedure. Lap-Band surgery is one of the least invasive weight loss procedures available, as there is no cutting or stapling of the stomach or intestinal rerouting as with other procedures. It has also been proven to be a highly effective weight loss tool, allowing patients to continue to lose weight over time due to the adjustable nature of the band. Recently, the results of the largest and longest study yet published on the Lap-Band demonstrated that it is both effective and safe in the long term. The study, led by Dr. Paul O’Brien, a leading Lap-Band surgeon in Australia, reported that patients followed for up to 15 years maintained significant weight loss — an average of nearly 50% excess weight loss.

The results also highlighted how gastric banding has improved since its first introduction in the 1990’s. Forty percent of patients who received surgery in the early years needed revisional surgery for pouch enlargement or band slippage. Just 7 percent of patients who underwent surgery from 2006 onward needed revisonal surgery. In total, 5.6 percent of patients had their band removed during the study period– 9.9 percent in early years and down to just 2.2 percent in patients receiving surgery in 2006 or later. Also of interest, patients who required revisional surgery shed as much weight in the long-term as those who didn’t require further surgery. The study was published in the Annals of Surgery.

Dr. David Voellinger of North Carolina said “Dr. O’Brien and his team have comprehensively and positively addressed long-term weight loss with the band and re-operation rate after the band. His sub-analysis by timeline is particularly important as it shows the improvements made over time in both the device and in surgical technique. It also very clearly shows the importance of a dedicated, multi-disciplinary program with understanding of band physiology to obtain lasting success with the Lap-Band.”

Dr. Layton Alldredge is one of the most experienced Lap-band surgeons in the region, having performed nearly 1000 procedures since focusing his practice on bariatric surgery. If you think the Lap-Band may be right for you, the next step to take is to attend one of our free seminars. You can register for an upcoming seminar here or by calling our office at (801) 571-9511.

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Team Up for Family Fitness

You don’t have to exercise alone—get your spouse and kids involved! No matter what their age or interests, here are some great ideas to make fitness a group gain.

Don’t exercise alone! Inviting your family along lets them reap the calorie-burning, muscle-building, feel-good benefits of fitness—and more. You’ll get quality time together and help kids build a lifelong exercise habit.

The best strategy: Work with, not against, family members’ abilities and interests. “Don’t expect your spouse or kids to do everything you’re doing,” says exercise physiologist Jeffrey Kinnunen, MS, RCEP, who works with weight-loss surgery patients at the Marquette General Health System in Michigan. “Find commonalities so you can enjoy fun fitness activities together. Expect to keep doing at least part of your exercise on your own so you can meet your goals without putting pressure on family members or frustrating yourself. Being realistic keeps the focus on fun when the family’s together.”

Here’s how to get your family moving—and loving it.

Move at the speed of play.

Mentally and physically, kids, preteens, and even most younger teens just aren’t equipped for long, continuous activity. “They’re designed for short bursts,” says Kinnunen. “Humans aren’t geared for prolonged activity until we reach adulthood.” So don’t expect your 10-year-old to walk four miles or your 13-year-old to swim laps with you. Instead, “find an activity that lets you burn calories and lets them do what kids do best—move around really fast for a while, then stop to rest awhile, then move around some more,” Kinnunen says.

That could be a nature walk with time to stop and explore interesting spots, a stroll along a fitness trail at a local park with stops at exercise stations, a half hour of crazy dancing to everybody’s favorite music on a rainy afternoon, or a backyard badminton or kick ball game.

Hand out pedometers.

These inexpensive gizmos count all your steps—whether you’re on a treadmill or playing tag at a playground. A growing stack of research shows that watching their step tally inspires kids, even those in elementary school, to be more active. In one study of Australian kids and teens, those who received pedometers as part of a six- month fitness program increased their count by as many as 4,000 steps a day.1 Start a friendly competition
to see who in your household can rack up the most steps. Or add all your family’s steps together and keep a running tally. Celebrate milestones you reach together.

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Permission Not to Be Perfect

Permission Not to Be Perfect

I love this link!  It has so many good tips for you!  Things that you can take at your own pace and really get to know your “band”.  Each and ever day is different, one not like the last, can sometimes keep us guessing.  Make a goal this year to journal your food, exercise, and feelings.  It is amazing what you can “learn” about yourself by doing that!


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FOCUS….The Story of my success….

Through out my day, speaking with the patients is such a highlight!  Yesterday I had one tell me his story of the beginning of his band.   He is working on his goal for the Ogden Marathon in May 2013.  He wanted to share his story with everyone to help give FOCUS to your goals!  Thank you so much for sharing!!  This is a great story!Stephanie



Chris….  9/7/08



Last summer, I had an epiphany on my state of being. I didn’t like where I was physically or emotionally. I realized that the emotional side had so much to do with the frustrations and inability to change physically. This epiphany was “Just Focus and Do It!!”   I wanted change but had been unwilling to give that change my focus. I was determined to FOCUS.
I had been researching WLS (Weight Loss Surgery) for a few years. There were so many options and they all sounded so radical. I started hearing about the Lap Band and its long term success.  Around the same time that I had my epiphany, I ran into an old friend. We had dinner together, Chinese food. She was eating slowly and talking quite a bit. Something inside told me to raise the issue with her. She had lost some weight since the last time I saw her. I told her that I had decided to get fit and healthy. She asked me what I was prepared to do. I told her that I had been looking into Lap Band surgery. She stunned me by telling me that she had Lap Band surgery 3 or so years prior. I told her that I had noticed she had lost weight and looked good. She told me about her experience. I had nothing to fear!!! My FOCUS was just beginning.

A few months after discussing the Lap Band with my friend, I had the surgery. My Re-Birthday is 12/6/07. I’m less than a year out as I write this. It has been life changing!!! I have my LIFE back.

Prior to the surgery, I set a few goals for myself. I had to ask myself, “Why are you really doing this?”  My answer was to become fit and healthy.  It was not and is not about losing weight!  That had been my focus for years and I had come away frustrated and feeling like I failed. If you don’t like your results, change your approach. Weight is the measure of a lot of things. But is it the measure of success? No!!!! It is a number. That’s all. Weight loss would come as a result of my focus on becoming fit and healthy, no doubt. But it would not be my focus. Also, I decided that I would not treat this experience as a diet. Diets had left me empty and frustrated. Diets NEVER work!!! Changing your lifestyle will work, if you are committed to it!  I’m still not on a diet!!

One major goal that I set for myself to measure my fitness level, was to run a 5K within one year of my surgery. I started riding an exercise bike as soon as I could. That was about a month after surgery.  I don’t want anyone to think the surgery is painless and easy. There was some pain. I was lucky that I didn’t experience any complications. Sorry to those who do!!  I stopped drinking all soda pop, a requirement of my surgeon. I thought that would be the most difficult thing, and maybe it was. After the surgery, the pain meds also kept the caffeine headache away. Water became my FRIEND. I started to exercise and see great results, both on the scale and how I generally felt. My Focus was working. I went skiing for the first time in a few years. Wow, I love skiing. I decided I would do more. Skiing is a serious workout. Especially to those of us who aren’t in the greatest condition!! I felt great doing things I loved to do, but had quit doing because of my fitness level. Oh, my legs burned and I walked down stairs sideways on more than one morning!!! I skied 8 times last season, some were all day events! Then spring came. I decided that my mountain bike would give me some variety in my workouts. I was riding 5 miles, and later I got it up to 10 miles. Wow, I felt great!  One day, I rode 16 miles on my bike. As I was almost done with that ride, I realized that my goal to run a 5K was not any closer than when I made the goal. In order to reach the goal, I would need to start running. Granted, skiing and biking put me in the position that I could realistically start running. I measured out 2.5K (1.55 miles) on the parkway. I was committed to get out the next day and run that course. Ok, run/walk. I had a miserable time sleeping that night. I knew that the next morning, I would begin the training for the run. I got up and drove to the parkway. I got out and started down the pathway. I ran about 100 yds and had to walk. I walked for awhile then ran some more. This continued until I reached my turn around point (2.5K). More of the same on the way back. How would I ever run that whole thing? I kept biking and run/walking every few days. Two weeks after the first run, I determined that my focus was a problem in the run. I picked an object out in front of me, sometimes 50 yds away, other times 10 yds away. I told myself I could run to those things. Often, I would run to the object and realize I could go further. This FOCUS changed how I trained. The next week I ran to my turn around point. What a huge deal for me!!! I celebrated that victory. The next week, I told myself I had to do as good as the week before. Guess what, I ran the whole thing!!! Albeit very slowly. But I did it!!!!! That day I had my bike in the truck. After the run I decided to bike the same course in order to warm down. I rode to my turn around point and realized I felt awesome. I kept going to the end of the parkway. I turned and rode back to the truck. As I got near the truck, I told myself that I should go to the other end of the parkway too. I did! When all was done, I had ridden 16.4 miles on my mountain bike. But more importantly, I HAD RUN THE 5K!!!! When I got home I started looking for an event to make it “official”. I wanted to run in an organized event. I came across a website that had a triathlon. I had always thought that meant IRONMAN. I learned there are 4 types of triathlon: Sprint, Olympic, Half Ironman, and Ironman distances. The Sprint consists of a 750m swim (821 yds), a 20K bike (12.4 miles), and 5K run (3.107 miles). “Hey, I did 2/3 of that today!!!” Just add a swim to it. The next day I swam 34 lengths at my local pool (850 yds, 777m). Wow, I could do a triathlon!!!
On Saturday, 6/21/08, I did my first triathlon. I set a goal of 2 hours. I did it in 2:02:41. Some unfortunate things happened that day during the race. A man drowned in front of me. I missed my goal, but I still felt I made it! I had to overcome more mental things that day than physical!!
It wasn’t until 7/4/08 that I did my first “official” 5K, even though there is a 5K in a triathlon. I ran a 5K with my brother, who I had inspired to get into shape. To date, I have run 5 official 5Ks and 4 Triathlons. That’s 9 5Ks in all. Do you know what they call the last person to cross the finish line in a triathlon? The same thing they call the first person, a Triathlete.
Yesterday, 9/6/08, I did my 4th triathlon. My fitness level has increased and I feel so much healthier than I have been in years. I have a bike race next weekend and one more triathlon this year. Do you know why this was possible? Because I JUST FREAKING DID IT!!!! You can too.


I am done T R Y-ing, now I’m T R I-ing
If at first you don’t have speed, Tri, Tri again!!!!

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Sausage and Squash Bake

Sausage and Squash Bake

Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 45 min

Good for: Lunch  |  Dinner  |  Solid


Serving size: 1 cup

Recipe makes: 8



1 lb sweet Italian turkey sausage

1 large onion, chopped

1 medium butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes

2 red bell peppers

2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary

1 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup crumbled feta cheese


1. Heat a large skillet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray to medium high. Cook sausage and onions until browned.

2. In a large bowl, combine squash, bell peppers, rosemary, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and olive oil. Add sausage and onion mixture to bowl, tossing to combine.

3. Arrage mixture in on a large baking sheet or roasting pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cover and bake for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake for about 15 minutes longer or until squash is fork-tender.

4. Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese over. Serve warm!


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Guard Against the Winter Blues

 Guard Against the Winter Blues


It’s easier to get out and exercise when the days are warm and long. It’s easier to eat well when fresh fruits and veggies are in season—and you’re not surrounded by holiday cookies. But don’t let defeat sink in. Here’s how to keep your mood motivated.

The days are shorter; the nights, colder. Starring in the weather forecast: snow, sleet, rain, and overcast skies. Gone are the warm days that make outdoor exercise so easy and the sweet and juicy farm-stand fruits and vegetables that make healthy eating a breeze. Now, instead of enjoying carefree summer vacations, you’re facing the holiday hustle and bustle.

Yes, winter’s here. But these strategies can help you keep the blues away and stay upbeat and motivated so you can eat well, get fit, lose weight, and enjoy life to the max.

Surround Yourself with Support

“The two times I find people need extra support to stay on track with weight loss are in the winter and during stressful times—which can include the holiday season,” notes life coach Patrece Snow, of Pueblo West, Colorado, who runs support groups for people who’ve had LAP-BAND® System surgery through her company Bariatric Buddy. “Mood is very tied into our ability to stay motivated and disciplined in our eating and exercise requirements. If your mood dips, you’re more likely to go back to emotional eating or lose some of your exercise motivation.”

Snow suggests two strategies. First, be sure to ask for practical help when life gets complicated during this time of year. “Ask your spouse for help with the holiday shopping or getting out the cards,” she says. “Arrange a car pool with other parents to get the kids to after-school activities. These little things can free up the time you need for exercise, as well as relieve stress, which makes it easier to think about planning healthy meals and scheduling physical activity.”

Second, consider joining a support group or even finding a life coach. “No one can ever have too much support in their lives,” Snow notes. “Even if your spouse, your relatives, and your friends are really rooting
for you, it’s great to be able to talk to other people going through the same things you are.” You can find
local LAP-BAND® support groups through your doctor’s office or by using our Support Group Search. Take advantage of one-on-one coaching with the LAP-BAND® Therapeutic Lifestyle Change Program, developed by the medical experts at Lindora®. It’s a free personalized 10-week program in a “virtual clinic” setting with 24/7 access.

Put One Foot in Front of the Other

Yes, we’re talking exercise. “Exercise is the best way to fight depression, boost energy, and keep on seeing the kind of results that will motivate you to stick with your healthy habits,” Snow says. “The hardest part is taking that first step. If you’re having a low-energy day or are in a low mood, don’t tell yourself you have to walk fast for an hour. Tell yourself you’re going to take just a five-minute walk. Then see how you feel.”

You may want to stop, which Snow says is fine. (“You can’t beat yourself up or expect perfection,” she says. “When you’re making healthy changes for life there will be off days.”) Or you may find that you’re energized to keep on going. “Eighty percent of the people I work with say that once they get themselves started, they want to keep exercising,” she says. “That’s all it takes to get an emotional lift.” See how your activity adds up with our Activity Log.


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Enjoy Winter Produce

In season now: sweet, crunchy apples. Sweet potatoes. Winter squash. And did we mention citrus? From navel oranges to ruby-red grapefruit, winter is high season for these super-juicy jewels. Give your taste buds and your lunchbox a lift with
a sweet-tart mineola (it looks like an orange with a big bump at the top). Keep a bowl of delicious little clementines on the counter for a healthy dessert. Add cubes of grapefruit to winter salads for an explosion of flavor. (Just be sure to remove any membranes from citrus fruits—they won’t go through your stomach opening easily.)

And let’s get back to that winter squash. Just cut in half, scoop out the seeds, place face-down in a pan with a little water, and bake in the oven till tender. Cube or scoop out the flesh and serve with a sprinkling of pumpkin-pie spices—cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, mace—for a surprisingly sweet and satisfying side dish.

Lighten Up

If you feel your mood sinking as the days grow shorter, you could be experiencing some degree of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This is a temporary form of depression that intensifies under winter’s low-light conditions and then improves when the days grow longer. If you think you’re light-sensitive, make it a point to keep the curtains open and shades up in your home or office during the day; some experts say exposure to morning light may be the most uplifting. Spend some time outdoors during daylight hours, and be sure the lights are bright indoors, too. Need more help? Ask your family doctor if light therapy, with a lamp or special box fitted with high-intensity lightbulbs, might help you.


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Balsamic Pot Roast with Winter Vegetables

Balsamic Pot Roast with Winter Vegetables


Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 180 min

Good for: Lunch  |  Dinner  |  Solid  |  Special Occasions


Serving size: 4 ounces roast with 3/4 cup veg

Recipe makes: 8




1 (3 lb) boneless beef sirloin tip or chuck roast

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 large onion, quartered

4 celery ribs with leaves, cut into 3-inch pieces

3 medium parsnips, cut into 2-inch pieces

2 cups baby carrots

2 large sweet potatoes, washed, peeled & chopped into large chunks

3 – 4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1 cup red wine

2 cups beef broth

1 bunch thyme sprigs


1. Sprinkle roast with salt all over. In an ovenproof Dutch oven, heat oil to medium-high. Brown roast on all sides (about 2 minutes per side). Remove from pan.

2. Coat Dutch oven with cooking spray and add the celery and onion to the pan. Sear on all sides. Reduce heat to medium and add the parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes, and garlic. Cook 2 more minutes.

3. Add wine, balsamic vinegar, and broth. Stir to losen the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add in the thyme. Return roast to the pan; bring to a boil.

4. Cover and bake at 325 degrees F for about 3 hours or until meat is tender.

5. Remove from oven and let roast rest about 10 minutes before serving. Remove thyme sprigs and shred roast into large chunks. Serve with vegetables and broth. Enjoy!

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What do I do with my “Too BIG” Jeans?

We have found the perfect remedy to the

question… What do I do with my “Too BIG”






As your body change, CHANGE your Clothes.  Pam Scarpelli is a Personal Shopper who has really put a lot of thought into what to do with her “Too BIG” Jeans.  How about Earning some $$$  for your clothes.  You can **BUY**  **SELL**   **RECYCLE** and even **EXCHANGE** all of it!  Sizes 14-6X.  At this time it is only Woman attire.  Ask about Mens.  If the demand is there, maybe she will consider it!!  Good Luck and Happy SHOPPING!!


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What a perfect thing to do for some extra $$$ for the HOLIDAYS!!



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What is on YOUR Holiday List???

Many of us stress about what others may get us or what we can

get others in the up coming Holidays.  Here is a list of just a few

to help you think “OUT SIDE the BOX” this year.


Not another wrong-size seater.  Not another fruitcake!  Make your wish list now and share it with friends and family.  


Don’t be surprised when friends and family start asking for clues about what to get you now that the LAP-BAND System is part of your life.  Make gift giving easier for them (and gift getting a little more rewarding for you) by sharing your list of must haves for your weight-loss journey.



Hot/Cod beverage bottles.    

It’s fun to stay hydrated when you have a reusable travel mug or water bottle.  For a personal touch, your gift giver could share samples of their favorite coffee, teas, and other no- and low-cal drinks.


Mini Cooler for the car.  

You won’t be tempted to overeat when dining out if you know you can bring home your leftovers safely, put in a request for a small insulated bag or cooler to keep stashed in the back seat!


Dessert plates – without the dessert.    

Research has shown that the size of your dish can affect how much you eat, so save your large dinner plates for your guests and ask for smaller dessert or salad plates to use every day.  Eat your meals off these and chances are you will eat less!


Mini Makeover.    

Ready to try a new look to reflect your new attitude?  Get someone to indulge you in a trip to the salon.  A new cut, a new color, or some fresh hues from the makeup counter may be just the boost you need!


A wardrobe that fits.

If your clothes have become too big because of the weight that you have lost, ask for alterations, either from a talented friend or a professional tailor.  Better yet, remind everyone that gift cards from your favorite clothing stores are always the right size!


An afternoon without the kids.    

Use your gift of free time to exercise, research recipes and meal ideas, or scour the supermarket for health products you would like to try.


A new way to work out.     

Breath life into a dull exercise routine with a new gym membership.  Gift givers will want to know specifics, so be sure to visit several places and take advantage of trial memberships to find a gym that’s right for you.  


Fitness gear.     

A gift card from a sporting goods store will let you pick out some new walking shoes, comfy workout clothes, an exercise DVD, or anything you might need for a new activity.


Gizmos to get you going.     

What Holiday list is complete with out a few toys?  A pedometer is a nifty way to count your steps and monitor your activity through out your day.  An Mp3 Player or ipod with your favorite tunes or podcast workout can help you stay motivated.  And a fitness add-on for your family’s video game system (such as Nintendo’s Wii Fit)  is great for exercising at home!


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