THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., April 7, 2008 Journey Lite ofThousand Oaks, CA, today announced that in light of the economic pressuresbeing felt by many prospective patients, it is reducing its cash price forpatients paying out-of-pocket for their weight loss surgery. Beginning todayand through June 30, 2008, the cash charge for Lap-Band(R) surgery at theThousand Oaks facility is reduced from $15,500 to $13,499.
"Everyone is being effected by declining employment and falling homeprices," said Lora Altis, RN, CBN, and Center Director at Journey Lite ofThousand Oaks, "and this can delay their decision to have surgery. As a Lap-Band(R) patient myself, I know how important and life changing this procedurecan be. For some, weight loss surgery is the only long term effective way tocombat obesity and the many diseases that can accompany it."
"We recognize that many people are forced to choose between having surgeryor paying their bills. This choice is even harder in today's economy, and onewe wish no one should have to make," stated Cynthia Winker, a Board member ofJourney Lite of Thousand Oaks. "By reducing the charge for the Lap-Band(R)procedure, we are making this more affordable for patients. For those withgood credit who choose to finance the procedure, the cost can now be under$300 per month for five years, much like a car payment. But unlike owning acar, the possible benefits of weight loss surgery have the potential to last alifetime."
"I am delighted that we are able to make the Lap-Band(R) procedure moreaffordable to patients," said Dr. Helmuth Billy, Medical Director of JourneyLite of Thousand Oaks. "We are able to provide a positive experience topatients. We have a great facility, a caring staff, and ongoing supportprograms to help our patients achieve their long term weight loss goals." Dr.Billy added, "We know that some people elect to have surgery out of thecountry to save money. Unfortunately, there can be a future cost to this,including the possible lack of follow up care and ongoing support. With thislower price, we expect to give more people the choice to have their surgery,aftercare, and long term support from the same surgeon."
Journey Lite patients can be seen at Dr. Helmuth Billy's offices inVentura (805-648-2227) or Santa Maria (805-648-2227), at Dr. Jeremy Korman'soffice in Marina Del Rey (800-491-1977), or at the Journey Lite facility inThousand Oaks (877-452-BAND).
About Journey Lite Of Thousand Oaks
Journey Lite of Thousand Oaks (JLTO) is an AAAHC accredited surgery centerthat specializes in offering the Lap-Band(R) procedure to patients choosingthis option for weight loss. JLTO and its affiliated physicians offer freeeducational seminars and ongoing support groups. Conveniently located off ofHighway 101 at 339 S. Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks, the facility staff canbe reached at 877-452-BAND, and information about JLTO and its staff andsurgeons can be found at www.journeylite.com.
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