April 20, 2012

LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System offered by Kunkel Surgical Group

The Kunkel Surgical Group, Carlisle and Camp Hill, has added the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System to its array of surgical services. Drs. J. Bret DeLone, Richard Griffiths, and Paul Kunkel now perform this minimally invasive procedure at Holy Spirit Hospital.

The LAP-BAND® System offers severely obese patients a safe and minimally invasive surgical weight loss option. Weight loss with the LAP-BAND® System may resolve or improve life-threatening conditions, such as high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, and help patients live healthier lives.

“This procedure doesn’t alter the patient’s normal anatomy, and it’s always adjustable and reversible, depending on the patient’s symptoms and weight loss,” says Richard Griffiths, DO. “I believe the LAP-BAND® System is the best and safest option for surgical weight loss.”

Twice monthly, the Kunkel Surgical Group will offer free informational meetings about the LAP-BAND® System for prospective patients and providers. The meetings will be held at the Holy Spirit Carlisle Center, 1211 Forge Road, Carlisle, at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, beginning on May 10.  Informational meetings will also be held at the Radisson Hotel, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month, beginning on May 24. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required by calling Susan Costa-Hardesty, RN, LAP-BAND® coordinator at Kunkel Surgical Group, at 717-761-7244. Please feel free to register a family member or friend as well.

The free informational meetings are open to any prospective patient. However, as the Kunkel Surgical Group strives for Center of Excellence designation through the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, they must initially limit LAP-BAND patients to those who have commercial insurances they accept. Once they have earned Center of Excellence status, they will accept Medicare and Medicaid. If you have questions about your insurance, please contact Susan Costa-Hardesty at 717-761-7244.

Kunkel Surgical Group is a service of Holy Spirit Health System. Offices are located at 890 Poplar Church Road, Camp Hill and One Tyler Court, Carlisle. The Carlisle office will be relocating to 1211 Forge Road, Suite 200, in June. For an appointment, please call 761-7244 (Camp Hill) or 249-1895 (Carlisle).

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