Realize Band Press Release 
Thursday, 31 January 2008 

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis AMONG FIRST TO OFFER
Interactive Tool to Play Key Role in Helping Patients Reach Health
and Weight Loss Goals After Surgery 

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis Center for Surgical Weight Loss is the first in Memphis, Tennessee to perform bariatric surgery utilizing the Realize ™ Adjustable Gastric Band, a device that is surgically implanted around the stomach to help people with morbid obesity lose weight and improve or resolve obesity-related health conditions including type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and high cholesterol.

In the clinical trial that led to its FDA approval, REALIZE Band patients lost an average of 50 pounds or 40 percent of their excess body weight within the first year of surgery and maintained that weight loss over three years. More than one-third of patients lost 50 percent or more and about 10 percent lost 75 percent or more of their excess weight.

“Gastric band patients are able to lose a significant amount of weight and improve their overall health status in a relatively short period of time, considering many have been morbidly obese for years prior to surgery,” said Virginia A. Weaver, the center’s medical director. “And while the surgery is among the most effective treatments for morbid obesity, it is just one stop along the patient’s journey. Patients must make changes to their diet and lifestyle after surgery to help achieve long-term success.”

With that in mind, the REALIZE Personalized Banding Solution gives patients the REALIZE mySUCCESS™ program, which provides support to help patients successfully achieve long-term weight loss with the REALIZE Band.

Through REALIZE mySUCCESS, patients and physicians can set goals and continuously watch the patient’s progress together – especially for the first three years, as the patient adjusts to his/her new lifestyle – so healthcare providers can step in precisely when needed to keep patients on track.

With REALIZE mySUCCESS, patients establish a tailored progress plan, to develop new health habits in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, and emotional well-being.

“REALIZE mySUCCESS works closely with our bariatric team, “said Leslie Albers, RN, program coordinator for the center. “The information provided is comprehensive yet specific to the needs of a gastric band patient. Our patients are really benefitting from having this added support that is available online day and night.”

About the Realize ™ Band

The REALIZE Adjustable Gastric Band is a device intended for use in weight reduction for patients with morbid obesity and is indicated for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2, or a BMI of at least 35 kg/m2 with one or more co-morbid conditions.

It is for use in morbidly obese adult patients who have failed more conservative weight-reduction alternatives, such as supervised diet, exercise and behavior modification programs.

Realize™ Band patients in the U.S. clinical study experienced a 22% increase in good cholesterol (HDL) and a decrease in bad cholesterol (LDL), total cholesterol and triglycerides 36 months after surgery. In addition, patients experienced a statistically significant reduction in the key indicator for type 2 diabetes (HbA1c).

The REALIZE Band, which is marketed under the name Swedish Adjustable Gastric Band (SAGB) outside the U.S., has been commercially available outside the U.S. since 1996 and has been used by more than 100,000 patients worldwide to help manage their weight. For more information visit or call 1-866-REALIZE.

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