Band-To-Sleeve Conversion with Medtronic’s New Signia Smart Stapler

Band-To-Sleeve Conversion

Band-to-sleeve conversion is becoming a more popular procedure amongst weight loss surgeons.  The gastric band, once the most popular weight loss surgery in the world, has worked well for many patients over the years. However, some patients either had issues requiring removal of their band, or perhaps didn’t achieve their weight loss goals due to the limited power of gastric banding in higher BMI patients. At JourneyLite, we have done over a thousand successful band-to-sleeve conversions and we typically find fantastic success in most patients who undergo this procedure. While it is a little more complicated than a routine gastric sleeve, in experienced hands it can be done safely and most of the time in a single operation. Take a look at this video, recorded by Dr. Trace Curry at JourneyLite Surgery Center in Cincinnati, to learn more about band-to-sleeve conversion surgery!

40% Reduction in Risk of Death and Cardiac Complications After Weight Loss Surgery

Recently the Cleveland Clinic published a paper in JAMA looking at 2300 patients who underwent weight loss surgery (gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, gastric band, or duodenal switch) compared to 11,500  matched patients with similar medical issues who did not have surgery.

The endpoint of the study was the occurrence of one of the following:  death, coronary artery events, cerebrovascular events, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, or kidney disease.  They looked at these patients over an 8 year period and their findings were striking:  patients who had one of the above weight loss surgeries were 40% less likely to  experience on of these major complications.

This study adds to a growing body of evidence that shows some amazing reductions in mortality (and various other serious medical issues) cause by obesity.

JourneyLite Physicians offers all of the procedures featured in this study, some of which can be done on an outpatient basis with minimal down time or missed work.  So schedule a consultation to meet with one of our experienced weight loss surgeons in Ohio and start on a pathway to a healthier life now!

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JourneyLite and Medtronic’s New Signia Smart Stapler

JourneyLite has adopted the use of Medtronic’s new Signia smart stapling system for our linear staple lines.  This high-tech new stapler uses Adaptive Firing™ technology, which gives the surgeon real-time feedback, measuring tissue thickness and adjusting firing speed based on the tissue’s thickness and variability.  This technology results in outstanding performance in variable tissue, leading to the formation of more perfect staple lines.

Watch Dr. Trace Curry, medical director at JourneyLite, perform a gastric sleeve using this new, state-of-the-art, stapling device!

Gastric Sleeve, Dr. Trace Curry-Cincinnati Ohio

Saxenda: A New Injectable Weight Loss Medication

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Saxenda: A New Injectable Weight Loss Drug

Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced doctors now to learn more!

Saxenda (generic: liraglutide) is derived from the diabetes medication Victoza.  Researchers found that patients who were on Victoza frequently lost a small amount of weight.  Eventually, studies were done utilizing Victoza at double the regular dose and its effect on weight loss, and results revealed that patients who were taking Saxenda lost more weight than those on a placebo, and the results were statistically significant.  This led to FDA approval of a 3mg dose of Victoza for weight loss, but under the name Saxenda.

Saxenda is injected from a pre-filled pen with a dial to adjust the dosage, similar to many diabetes medications.  The dosage is increased gradually over several days until 3mg is reached.  Generally the medication is well-tolerated, with the most common side effects being nausea and diarrhea.  Patients on Saxenda will be required to have monthly office visits to meet with a medical provider and a registered dietitian.

Saxenda works by interacting with GLP-1 receptors in your body.  GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide) is an appetite hormone that is naturally produced in humans that helps to regulate hunger.  Saxenda works like GLP-1 by regulating your appetite, which leads to decrease calorie consumption and therefore weight loss.

Saxenda, being a new medication, can cost upwards of $1000/month for patients without coverage, so it is important to explore your options.  Patients are advised to call the number on their insurance card to find out if Saxenda is on  their formulary, or go to to find out about coverage online.

It is always exciting to see new treatment options for weight loss coming to fruition, and JourneyLite Physicians is proud to be on the forefront of fighting the disease of obesity!

My new addiction: 9Round kickboxing

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9Round Stations

Apparently there are some people out there that love to exercise, but for me, it has always been a chore.  Well, chore no more since I’ve been introduced to kickboxing by Cincinnati/Hyde Park 9Round Fitness Kickboxing!  9Round is a unique concept that involves 9 stations through which you rotate over a period of 30 minutes.  Some of the stations are pure cardio or strength training, but most incorporate both through the use of various kickboxing techniques.  One station is always with a trainer, which in my opinion is the most fun.  You get to kick and punch your trainer for 3 intense minutes, and believe me they push you hard!

Upon joining 9Round Fitness you receive hand wraps, boxing gloves, and a chest heart rate monitor.  Your heart rate, calories burned, and cardio zone is displayed on a big monitor so that you can see if you are in aerobic or anaerobic metabolism.  They make it easy by color coding it:  blue means you need to be working harder; yellow and green means you are the zones, and red means your heart rate is too high.  You are awarded “pulse points” when you are in the green and yellow zones, and after your workout you get an email with all your stats for that session.  This has been very motivating to me as I always try to beat my last session, especially in the “calories burned” category.

Even though I started off admitting that exercise was always a chore for me, it has been a chore that I have done regularly for the past 10 years or so, and if anyone had asked me I would’ve told them that I was in pretty good shape.  After starting 9Round, however, I realized that my shape was not so good!  The first time around I thought I wouldn’t be able to make it, but I hung in there and finished the full 9 rounds.  Each time I went back though, I could feel myself getting stronger and my cardiovascular conditioning greatly improved.  After 3 months I now feel in control, and I really try to push myself and kick ass on all 9 stations.  Whereas I used to sometimes dread going down into the basement for a BowFlex workout, my wife and I look forward to heading to the gym to “box.”  In fact, we are headed there right now!

Anyone can get a free workout session to check it out, and I would highly encourage my patients at any stage of their journey to do so.  You can find your closest 9Round here or contact owner Matt Arling at:

Happy losing!
Dr. Trace Curry
Medical Director
JourneyLite Physicians