Weight Loss Surgery

Perhaps like me, you wake up each morning wondering if there was an earthquake, or an explosion? If the government is still fighting? If COVID cases are going up or down? Our world is filled with crazy, chaos and confusion. And that’s exhausting. So many things are simply out of...
It’s not surprising that weight loss has an effect on your body. Two new studies show that not only can weight loss lessen the severity of lower urinary tract symptoms, but having bariatric surgery can help alleviate problems with urinary tract function before weight loss occurs.    “What has been...
Spending time in social settings can be challenging for those who are trying to lose weight. Parties, happy hours, work meetings, and special events such as weddings can offer up many temptations in the way of foods and drinks you probably shouldn’t be consuming if you’re working on becoming healthier....
A new study indicates that bariatric surgery can have positive health results on people who have insulin-treated type 2 diabetes. Diabetics who have undergone bariatric surgery have been studied before, but this study looks at the most severest of diabetics: those who require insulin.    More than 5,000 patients participated...
A new weight-loss device has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration after a study involving the device demonstrated positive results. The Maestro Rechargeable System is for people who have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 35, or have a weight-related condition that requires them to...
Bariatric surgery, also known as weight-loss surgery, is a health topic associated with much intrigue in recent years now that the procedure has become more widespread. Within the past several years, research has proven that bariatric surgery can help reverse and improve many health conditions related to obesity, such as...
Weight loss isn’t easy for everyone, and requires a lot of dedication, hard work, and determination no matter how much you weigh. To lose weight and keep it off long-term, you must make a series of healthy lifestyle changes; there is no easy, quick fix for weight loss. However, some...
Stomach pain is not uncommon if you’ve recently had bariatric surgery. In fact, stomach pain is often related to the way your body and stomach adjusts to weight-loss surgery following the procedure, and can occur as a result of eating too much food. While stomach pain doesn’t affect every weight-loss...
After undergoing bariatric surgery, you will be expected to make a series of health lifestyle changes. Your doctor will discuss everything you need to know, but it’s important to understand that you need to plan for what’s to come after surgery.  Your post-surgery diet Three small meals per day with...
Shoulder and upper-arm pain is not uncommon for those who have had REALIZE Band or LAP-BAND surgery. Although this side effect may seem unusual given your arms and shoulders are nowhere near the surgical site, the pain you’re feeling is often a direct result of pressure being placed on your...
Obesity carries a number of health risks, such as an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, infertility, high blood pressure, and heart disease. If you’ve been unable to lose excess weight through diet and exercise, bariatric surgery can help. In fact, a number of studies have shown that bariatric surgery...
When it came time to lose weight, one woman set out to meet her goal of slimming down for her wedding. Kris Bruce had already tried exercising, drinking liquid shakes, and taking pills, but she ended up regaining any weight she lost. Before her wedding, she hired a personal trainer...
You can be forgiven for thinking the path to WLS success is a straight one. Regular weekly losses of around about the same amount each time; a consistent pat on the back from your dietitian or team; no issues with compliance; and ‘you’re doing fine’. I know I did … The reality...
Just before the ‘crazy’ my husband Roger and I enjoyed a cruise to the Caribbean. My are there some incredible yachts! Some with helicopters, private islands and full-time staff. It’s fun to see them and we especially like to read the names. Some are funny, some creative, some obviously very...
What does ‘patient education’ mean in your bariatric program? For many, patient education is comprised of a pre-op informational session, required support group attendance, and a variety of consultations and visits with bariatric staff professionals. With any luck, your patients listen, learn and retain all of that important information but...
Over the last year I have published, from time to time on Instagram, some advice tips – called The ‘Bariatric Bee’, and they cover just about every subject relating to WLS in the form of motivational tips that I have unearthed or found to be helpful as you progress from...
  It’s late on Thursday night. You’ve worked all day, the kids are in bed and now it’s time for you to study. The professor has assigned a lengthy reading assignment. You sit down and barely make it to the third page before you’re fidgeting, distracted, and … bored by...
Altered gene expression in fat tissue may help explain why individuals who have regained weight after weight loss surgery still experience benefits such as metabolic improvements and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. The findings come from a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. The study included women...
The patient is a 45-year-old female who underwent a laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding about 10 years ago. Her original body mass index (BMI) was 48 and she went down to as low as 38. She was seen at this institution about 2 years ago for band adjustment and despite multiple...
An enduring inspiration, for over 20 years Colleen Cook has educated and motivated audiences all over the world. She is a successful weight loss surgery patient from 1995 and President of Bariatric Support Centers International. Named “Bariatric Professional of the Year” in 2009, and honored by the International Federation of...
For the last few decades, weight-loss surgery has been considered a last resort for treating overweight and obese individuals who have been unable to lose weight through conventional methods of diet and exercise. But now, considering how weight-loss surgery can help reverse type 2 diabetes, lower the risk for heart...
In the weeks and days before you undergo bariatric surgery, you might be tempted to indulge in several of your favorite foods for one last “hurrah” before you’re restricted to eating healthy foods and exercising for the rest of your life. This stage, or behavior, is commonly known as “Last...
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery (RYGB) is a type of weight-loss surgery in which your stomach is stapled and reduced to about the size of an egg to help with portion control. The smaller stomach pouch is then attached to a part of the small intestine so food is able to...
For people with excess weight, many things can come in to factor when deciding to undergo bariatric surgery. Claire Hickey experienced a stroke, which she claims saved her life. She underwent weight-loss surgery a little more than one year ago, and her body has since begun to finally recognize leptin,...
Weight-loss surgery has been shown to reverse type 2 diabetes, lower the risk for heart disease and cancer, and improve fertility rates, among other positive health benefits. Now, a new study conducted by researchers in Brazil is showing that weight-loss surgery can also boost brain health, and reduce the risk...
Urinary incontinence, which is defined as losing control of your bladder, can be caused by one or more factors such as excess fluid intake, certain medications, and damage to your pelvic floor from undergoing surgery or childbirth. Being overweight or obese can also lead to urinary incontinence as a result...
Bariatric surgery has been proven effective at improving estrogen levels and sex drive in women as a result of weight loss and correction of hormonal imbalance that occurs on behalf of obesity. Now, a new study has proven that bariatric surgery also has the same effect on men, in that...
It’s no secret that weight-loss surgery can help obese individuals reverse serious, life-threatening conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other comorbidities. For over 20 years, medical evidence has shown that weight-loss surgery is more effective than non-surgical treatments at helping people lose weight and...
Bloating and weight gain` sometimes occur on behalf of the types of foods you consume on a regular basis. Alcohol, soda, high-fat foods, and foods that contain an excessive amount of sodium will normally contribute to the uncomfortable feeling and puffy, balloony appearance accompanied by bloating. Bloating can sometimes also...
In the midst of what is thought to be the peak of this horrible pandemic, I know that this too shall pass. Life will never be the same as it was pre COVED-19, but I suspect we are not too far from getting back to some normality in our work...

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