Category: Bariatric surgery

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Weight loss is a long and difficult journey, but with the Internet, it doesn’t have to be a lonely one. The cosmetic surgery website RealSelf.com has a solid community of users who support each other through their struggles, including bariatric surgery and subsequent cosmetic procedures. A recent post on the website highlighted 10 tips from… Continue Reading »

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Image of Paul Brian via drivechicago.com Excess skin is common after weight loss from bariatric surgery and can be corrected with body contouring procedures. Less common is extra skin on the face and neck, but when this occurs, facial surgery may be necessary. Msnbc.com reported on one man’s struggle to get surgery for the removal… Continue Reading »

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Over the years I have seen many patients that struggle with their weight unsuccessfully.  Kym, who is a dear friend and has been in the health professional field for years, is one.  I have known her for 7 years and she had always been on one diet or another, lost weight, but regained it again. She… Continue Reading »

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 FDA APPROVES EXPANDED USE OF LAP-BAND® ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BANDING SYSTEM FOR OBESE ADULTS Obese Adults with a BMI of 30-40 with at Least One Obesity Related Comorbid Condition Now Qualify for LAP-BAND® System Procedure When All Other Conservative Weight-loss Therapies Have Failed (IRVINE, Calif., February 16, 2011) – Obesity is the second-leading cause of preventable… Continue Reading »

The LAP-BAND® and what comes next?

What is the LAP-BAND®? The LAP-BAND® is a small, adjustable, flexible stomach band that limits the amount of food intake and therefore leads to significant weight loss over time.  The advantage of the band is that it is usually performed laparoscopically (with the help of small cameras and minimal incisions), does not involve any stomach… Continue Reading »

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Before and after photos of a Lap Band patient (image courtesy of Allergan.com) An FDA Advisory Committee has recommended with an 8-2 vote that the FDA extend the currently approved use of Allergan‘s Lad Band® System, used for weight loss surgery, to patients that have a body mass index of 35 and above. The Lap… Continue Reading »

There were an estimated 200,000 bariatric surgeries performed in 2009, according to the Endocrine Society. As the number of patients undergoing weight loss surgeries continues to grow, the society saw the need for standards of care following these procedures, so they created a task force that has published guidelines for post-op bariatric surgery follow-up and… Continue Reading »

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New research found that bariatric surgery patients had a significant improvement in memory function three months after surgery. The study was conducted by Gladys Strain, PhD, director of research for laparoscopic and bariatric surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, who says that bariatric surgery’s effects on cognition have not been well studied before this. Strain’s… Continue Reading »

New Studies Show Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

A recent study from George Washington University titled “A Heavy Burden: The Individual Costs of Being Overweight and Obese in the United States” found that it costs more to be overweight, and, more specifically, it costs more to be an overweight woman than an overweight man. Researchers found that the annual cost of being obese… Continue Reading »

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With bariatric surgery, you can lose a significant amount of weight in a short time.  But to truly succeed and improve your health, surgeons and fitness experts will both tell you to initiate lifestyle changes. Last week in Austin TX, doctors from the American College of Sports Medicine met for 14th annual Health and Fitness… Continue Reading »

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