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 Lapband and Obesity on TV by Carson Liu M.D.

Over the last few months, some of Dr. Liu's work has been featured on national as well as local TV broadcasts, Internet Radio, News Papers and Magazines:

 Brother And Sister Mortgage Home To Decrease Their "Bottom Line"

Sheila and Cyrus Tehrani won't put a price on their health and happiness-even if it means mortgaging their home. Like countless patients considering weight loss surgery, health insurance companies repeatedly denied the Eagle Rock, CA residents coverage for basic medical insurance as well as life-saving bariatric surgery.

With 5'2" Sheila's weight topping 546 lbs and 5'11" Cyrus' at 543 lbs, the brother and sister refinanced their home in a last ditch effort to pay for LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System surgery which was performed by Dr. Carson Liu. (read entire story)

Dr. Liu interviewed on Voice America:
  Noted surgeon, Dr. Carson Liu and weight loss specialist Dr. Robert Skervsky joined Dr. Berman to discuss weight loss options. What are the benefits and cautions with bariatric surgery? How do you know if this is the choice for you? What about other weight loss options? Listen to Dr. Liu's interview here (1hour).
The National Enquirer Consults Dr. Liu:

The National Enquirer Consulted with Dr. Liu for an article In the January 30th, 2006 issue reguarding some photos taken of Star Jones showing what look like surgery scars:

"Dr. Carson Liu, Medical Director of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., who does not treat Star, said: 'The laparoscopic incisions (small horizontal scars) seem fairly recent (within approximately 1-2 years). They are consistent with laparoscopic weight loss procedures. However, these incisions could also be consistent with any surgery involving the abdominal cavity.'"

 Brother And Sister Mortgage Home To Decrease Their "Bottom Line"- contniued 

Sheila and Cyrus Tehrani
APPETITE FOR HUMOR: Siblings Sheila and Cyrus Tehrani reminisce about what little they ate for Thanksgiving 2005.

Cyrus being measured
A REACH: Nurse Caroline DeOliveira measures Cyrus Tehrani’s waist during his monthly checkup six months after surgery.

Cyrus working out
MOTIVATED: Cyrus Tehrani lifts weights at a gym in Pasadena six months after his surgery. Cyrus is committed to regular exercise, despite time away from his children.

"We are playing Russian Roulette with our lives," said Sheila, 38,
whose lifelong obesity prohibits her from holding down a job or driving a car."

I feel like my life is stuck. It is only a matter of time before my
health deteriorates. I fell like our time is running out."

"Unless I undergo this surgery, I am concerned I won't be around for my wife and six children, ages 16, 15, 14, 8, 5 and 3," adds Cyrus, 34. "We are a tight-knit family; the thought of me not being there
for my children devastates me. This surgery is our last option and is worth every penny."

Dr. Carson Liu successfully performed LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System surgery on the siblings on Tuesday, June 7 at Olympia Medical Center.

During the minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Liu made only a few small incisions; reducing patients' hospital stay and recuperation time. During the procedure, he implanted an inflatable silicone band
fastened around the upper stomach to create a new stomach about the size of your thumb, reducing the amount of food that can be eaten, and one's desire for it, resulting in weight loss. The only adjustable weight loss surgery, the LAP-BAND can also be adjusted to suit patients' needs.

"With a 108 body mass index, Sheila had the largest BMI of any patient I have seen," said Dr. Liu, who has performed more than 1900 weight loss surgeries.

"For morbidly obese patients who have failed at
numerous diets, surgery may be their only realistic option for lasting weight loss. Cyrus and Sheila are expected to lose about 15-20 pounds per month until they reach their ideal weight."

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(Click the video display screen above to watch Good Morning America's interiview with Sheila and Cyrus.)
Cyrus Tehrani at a pre-surgery checkup last spring by bariatric surgeon Dr. Carson Liu, left, as sister Sheila watches.
(image credit/source: Ricardo DeAratanha / LAT)

The brother and sister's unique approach for financing their surgery caught the attention of Los Angeles and national media outlets. Wireless Flash News, an independent news agency that provides
exclusive feature and entertainment news to radio and TV stations, newspapers, and magazines across the United States and around the world, interviewed Dr. Liu shortly after the Tehrani's surgery. The story was syndicated to more than 1400 print, radio and TV affiliates in every major market across the United States and overseas. (LAT)


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