Teen Lap-Band Surgery
Stephanie is 13 years old and weighs nearly 240 pounds. Her mother, Tania, drove Stephanie across the border to Mexico to have Lap-Band surgery performed by Dr. Ariel Ortiz, director of bariatric surgery at The Obesity Control Center in Tijuana, Mexico.
Dr. Ortiz explains that half of Stephanie’s body weight is fat; she already has severe pulmonary restriction due to the extremely high fat levels. “As she gains more weight, that’s going to create even more problems for her to exercise and do the conventional treatments.”
“You know, at 13 years of age -- I just have a lot of problems with this!” Dr. Travis says. “I have seen a lot of people lose the weight just as easily when they stick to doing the right things. And they don’t have to make the drastic lifestyle changes the surgery requires that I think are harder to make.”
“I’m looking forward to losing weight, being able to wear the clothes I want to and having an easier time playing sports!” Stephanie says.
Update: Stephanie calls The Doctors and says she has lost 42 pounds since the surgery! “My next goal,” Stephanie says, “is that next year I go to high school, and I want to make it onto their volleyball team!”
For more on Stephanie’s surgery, click here.
Teens and Drugs
Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing problem among teens. They pilfer the pills from family members and friends, procure them on the Internet and trade them at school.
Jon and Saul, both 17, are pals who have used salvia, crack, heroin, ecstasy, acid, meth, alcohol and marijuana for the last five years. Saul shrugs and says, “It’s not like it’s going to be a forever thing.”
“No, but the consequences can and will be a forever thing,” Dr. Travis counters. To prove his point, he reveals the results of diagnostic tests The Doctors conducted on the boys prior to the show. Dr. Jim tells Jon that his liver is damaged and his blood won’t clot as well. He adds, “If this goes on long enough, you’ll need a liver transplant, and they’re probably not going to give you one because of all the drugs you’ve been doing. Not to mention that you’re at risk for bleeding in your brain as well … and there’s no way to stop that.”
Dr. Ordon adds, “You know, if you damage brain cells, they don’t regenerate.”
RJ, 16, and Ryan, 15, abuse an astonishing array of drugs. They take Oxycontin, acid, cocaine, mushrooms, cough medicine, Vicodin, Xanax, marijuana and alcohol. Ryan, 15, stole over 400 Vicodin from his grandmother. The teens’ parents are in a state of shock and are desperately searching for a solution to their sons’ addictions.
“I had no clue Ryan was abusing drugs,” his mother says, “I didn’t want to believe that my child had a problem.”
Although the boys say they’re clean, Dr. Jim asks them to take a drug test backstage. RJ’s comes back positive. The pediatrician tears up and says, “I’m glad you guys are here. I really hope that you’ll do what it’s going to take to get out of this.”
“You’ve got to find something else in your life to get you high,” Dr. Ordon asserts, “something positive, something good.” In an emotional moment, the boys agree to treatment.
Update: RJ is in rehab and has been clean and sober for 60 days, while Ryan and Saul have both been in rehab for 30 days. Jon is no longer on drugs and got a job! “I’m so glad to hear those boys are doing well,” Dr. Travis says.
“That was one of the hardest shows I’ve ever done,” Dr. Jim says. “Just seeing those kids -- those kids were my kids’ age, and to see how much they were messing up their lives with these drugs.”
For more on teens and drug use, click here.
Total Body Lift
Twenty-seven-year-old Amanda weighed a precarious 400 pounds and teetered on the brink of medical crisis. Desperate, she turned to gastric by-pass surgery and lost 180 pounds. However, she was haunted by the physical remnants of her efforts: pounds and pounds of loose flesh hanging from her body. She turned to The Doctors and expert surgeon and pioneer of the Total Body Lift procedure, Dr. Dennis Hurwitz, for help.
The complex surgery requires five doctors and lasts eight hours. In the end, 15 pounds of excess fat and skin is removed from five different parts of Amanda’s body: abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs and breasts. Dr. Hurwitz demonstrates the procedure on a mannequin onstage and narrates an animation of the process.
Dr. Ordon scrubbed in on the surgery and noted, “We removed one square yard of skin … It was truly epic stuff.”
Update: Amanda says the swelling from the surgery is getting better, and she is feeling much more confident. “I project it, and people respond to that,” she says. “I haven’t really noticed people noticing my body so much, although my boyfriend says people hit on me more."
For more on Amanda’s amazing transformation, click here.
Robin McGraw’s Facial Scrub
If you’re like many women, you’re constantly striving to look younger, and one place ladies focus their attention is their face. Many products and procedures help you rejuvenate your skin, but you can also use ingredients found in your own kitchen to attain a youthful glow. Robin McGraw shares her recipe for a facial scrub that soothes and revitalizes the skin.
• 1 cup oatmeal
• 1 cup almonds
• ½ cup honey
Put oatmeal and almonds in the blender and combine. “Make it as fine as you think you want, because you want it dense enough to scrub,” Robin says.
Add honey to the oatmeal almond mixture. Apply to the face and wash off.
If you choose to make it in larger batches, you can keep the extra in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
“One thing I love about this is you can do it every day, because it’s all natural, won’t harm your skin and really exfoliates well,” Robin says.
For more on Robin’s visit to The Doctors, click here.
Dancing with the Doctors!
Ballroom dancing has become a popular way to get fit. In fact, former Dancing with the Stars contestant Lisa Rinna says it got her into the best shape of her life. “I liked that body I got,” she says after boogying out on stage. “I thought, I don’t want to lose this.”
To keep that body, Lisa and her Dancing partner, Louis Van Amstel, came up with a dance class that helped her and her students get in shape and lose weight. “They started to really feel good,” she says. “They were happy. They loved doing this.”
Lisa built on to the success of the class with a workout DVD series, “Dance Body Beautiful,” which takes the moves from Dancing with the Stars and puts them in a routine you can do at home. Dr. Ordon asks if the program is only for women, or if men can participate, as well. “Men can do it, too!” she says with a big smile. “I would love it if I could get a guy to do it, or lots of guys to do it!”
Dr. Ordon takes Lisa up on her request, gets into his dancing gear and brings Lisa to The Doctors’ dance floor. The two groove to some salsa music under a disco ball, impressing The Doctors and the audience!
Watch Dr. Ordon and Lisa get their groove on!
For more on Lisa’s visit to The Doctors, click here.
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