Mar 21

Gallbladder Disease

The instance of gallbladder disease is rising among younger patients, people in their 30’s or 40’s. This increase is linked to two other diseases (diabetes and obesity) also growing in younger people. Read about the connection in Age and Gallbladder Disease.

Mar 20

Trends in Bariatric Surgery

The practice of medicine and surgery changes every day. Nowhere is this more true than in the field of bariatric surgery. In just a few years, the types of bariatric surgery performed, the techniques used and the indications for weight loss surgery have all changed. Acceptance of bariatric surgery as a treatment for medical obesity …

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Mar 19

Weight Loss Surgery as Metabolic Treatment

Many people think of weight loss surgery mainly as a cosmetic procedure, like a “nose job” or “tummy tuck.” For a lot of patients, the strongest motivation for seeking bariatric surgery is the expected improvement in personal appearance. There is nothing wrong with this reasoning, but to doctors, insurance companies and public health officials, there …

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Mar 16

What is Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge Eating Disorder is defined as repeated episodes of binge eating without behavior such as vomiting or laxative abuse (as in bulimia). Before a patient is approved for bariatric surgery, like the gastric sleeve or gastric bypass, binge eating disorder must be dealt with. Find out about BED and the reasons that pre-surgery treatment is …

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Mar 14

Does your insurance cover weight loss surgery?

One of the most important people in any physician’s office is the insurance expert. This person can work with you to determine if your medical insurance plan will cover weight loss surgery. You can do some things on your own to maximize the probability that your insurance will cover bariatric surgery costs. Find out how …

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Mar 13

What is a Chronic Wound?

You may be confused by the medical term, “chronic wound.” In most cases, a wound is something that occurs quickly and then heals in a predictable way, possibly leaving a scar but otherwise disappearing. A chronic wound is one that does not follow this expected course; wounds that do not heal in three months or …

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Mar 12

Strike Three for Weight Loss Surgery Myths

This week, let’s wrap up a few more of the misconceptions about bariatric surgery before leaving the subject. Surgery for weight loss has become an everyday event in hundreds of hospitals, but there are still a good many people who continue to hold on to mistaken beliefs about weight loss surgery. Misinformation or mistaken beliefs …

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Mar 09

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Mar 07

Does Yoga help with weight loss?


Yoga cannot contribute to weight loss in the same way that a calorie burning aerobic exercise can. While yoga does not ‘burn’ calories like an aerobic exercise, it can still play an important part in a weight-loss program. Learn how by reading “Yoga and Weight Loss.“

Mar 05

Another Myth about Weight Loss Surgery

Last week we discussed an out-of-date idea about bariatric surgery that persists today: the idea that patients who have bariatric surgery commonly regain their weight. The fact is that the dramatic results seen with modern bariatric surgery procedures like the gastric sleeve and the gastric bypass persist over time. Weight loss surgery has produced results …

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