Trace W. Curry, M.D.

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 LAP-BAND® System

Are you located in Cincinnati or in search of an Ohio Lap Band or Realize Band surgery specialist? If so, you have come to the right place! Dr. Trace Curry has performed more Lap Band procedures than any other bariatric surgeon in Ohio. In fact, Dr. Curry is both a Lap Band and Realize Band faculty member, meaning the companies that manufacture the Lap Band and Realize Band each selected Dr. Curry to teach other surgeons how to perform these surgeries. What does all this mean? It means you have found the leading facility for LAP BAND surgery in Cincinnati Ohio and surrounding areas! We have performed over 4000 bands with no mortalities or 30 day reoperations.

Approved by the FDA in June 2001, the Lap Band® System is one of the safest, least invasive, adjustable surgical treatments for morbid obesity in the United States. It induces weight loss by reducing the capacity of the stomach, which restricts the amount of food that can be consumed. Since its clinical introduction in 1993, almost 150,000 Lap Band procedures have been performed around the world and over 30,000 in the U.S. alone. Dr. Curry was one of the first surgeons in Ohio (and surrounding areas) to perform the Lap Band procedure, and his team cares for patients from all over the country!

Minimally Invasive Approach
During the procedure, surgeons usually use laparoscopic techniques (using small incisions and long-shafted instruments), to implant an inflatable silicone band into the patient's abdomen. Like a wristwatch, the band is fastened around the upper stomach to create a new, tiny stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food you eat. It also creates a small outlet that slows the emptying process into the stomach and the intestines. As a result, patients experience an earlier sensation of fullness and are satisfied with smaller amounts of food. In turn, this results in weight loss. 

Advanced Technique - Single Incision Gastric Banding  
We are one of the few practices in the country that offer Single Incision Gastric Banding.  Using this technique, we can perform your band through one incision, rather than the typical five that most surgeons use.  This can result in less scarring, less post operative pain, and faster recovery.  Click <here> for news on the first Single Incision Gastric Band in Cincinnati!

Safest and Least Traumatic Procedure
Since there is no cutting, stapling or stomach re-routing involved in either the Lap Band System or Realize Band procedures, they are considered one of the safest and least traumatic compared to other weight loss surgeries. For patients who suffer many medical problems as a result of their excess weight, the risk of surgery is far less than the risk of their obesity. The laparoscopic approach to the surgery also offers the advantages of reduced post-operative pain, shortened hospital stay and quicker recovery.  If for any reason the Lap Band System needs to be removed, the stomach generally returns to its original form.

Adjustable Treatment
The Lap Band System and Realize Band are also the only adjustable weight-loss surgeries. This means that YOU HAVE CONTROL over your path to a healthier life! The diameter of the band is adjustable for a customized weight-loss rate. Your individual needs can change as you lose weight. For example, pregnant patients can expand their band to accommodate a growing fetus, while patients who aren't experiencing significant weight loss can have their bands tightened.

To modify the size of the band, its inner surface can be inflated or deflated with a saline solution. The band is connected by tubing to an access port, which is placed well below the skin during surgery. After the operation, the surgeon can control the amount of saline in the band by entering the port with a fine needle through the skin. Adjustments are typically simple office procedure, and a numbing spray is used to minimize patient discomfort. Dr. Curry is the most experienced Lap Band fill doctor in Ohio, having done more than 15,000 band adjustments.

Our practice was one of the earliest adopters of the new Lap Band AP ("Advanced Performance") System, which is a 3rd generation gastric band.  This new and improved band has numerous advantages over other bands, including a much softer, larger volume cuff and greater surface area contact of the cuff with the stomach.  We believe this will lead to faster weight loss and even fewer complications.  We use the AP system exclusively for those who chose the Lap Band System.  We were the first in Ohio to place the Lap Band AP.

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Use the links below to learn more about specific types of bariatric surgery. If you would like to know more about the LAP BAND or REALIZE adjustable gastric band weight loss surgery options available in the Cincinnati Ohio or Northern Kentucky areas, please contact our staff to learn about your options.