Monthly Archive: November 2015

Nov 30

Vein Thrombosis

If you have varicose veins, it is a possibility that you could also suffer from vein thrombosis, or a blood clot in your veins. If you have pain in your legs, be sure to talk to your doctor about it. An ultrasound of your legs may be in order and vein thrombosis treatment to treat …

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Nov 30

Weight Loss Results with Lap Band

Long term studies of up to 15 years have shown that lap band system can be an effective way to lose and keep weight off. However, studies also show that lap band results can only be maintained as long as compliance and a follow up program are followed as they are also critical to long-term …

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Nov 27

Complications of Lap Band Surgery

Lap Band

Like any kind of surgery, lap band is no different in Palm Harbor. Of course, as with any surgery, lap band complications include the chance of infection, but with proper wound care this should not present a problem. It does take some getting used to the new size of your stomach and it is possible …

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Nov 25

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Dr. Birkedal and his staff want to wish all of our Florida patients, friends and family the very best of Thanksgiving holidays. We hope you have a warm, wonderful holiday filled with love and laughter on this very special American holiday, and keep us in mind if you are looking for safe weight loss options. …

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Nov 24

Thanksgiving Newsletter!

Dr. Birkedal and his staff would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Please note that our offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday November 26th and 27th in observance of Thanksgiving Day.  Also, Wednesday the 25th will be a half day schedule from 9am till noon.  Happy Thanksgiving. We would like to share …

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Nov 23

Bulges at the Groin


If you have a bulge in the groin area, you may have an inguinal hernia and should have it checked. Although hernias aren’t normally painful, it still means that a portion of your anatomy is where it doesn’t belong and should be corrected. If you are experiencing pain, go to an emergency room right away. …

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Nov 19

Brown Fat vs White Fat

When we are born we all have two types of fat in our bodies – brown fat and white fat. Brown fat regresses as we age. White fat is the kind that we have under our skin and around our organs – this is unhealthy fat and what usually causes people to look for a …

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Nov 18

Sleep and Obesity

Getting enough sleep is vital when treating obesity and it actually facilitates safe weight loss. The facts are that the average adult’s sleep pattern has decreased over the years, and as this has occurred, the obesity rates have increased, causing some Winter Springs people to seek safe weight loss. In 1960, the average adult slept …

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Nov 16

Gastric Bypass vs Gastric Sleeve

When looking at the different types of weight loss surgery in Florida, among the choices are gastric bypass surgery or gastric sleeve surgery. Gastric bypass, or Roux-En-Y, is a more involved process where the stomach is made smaller and then a portion of the small intestines are ‘bypassed.’ This creates a quick feeling of fullness …

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Nov 13

The Cost of Bariatric Surgery

Many people considering bariatric surgery will ask, “How much is bariatric surgery?” The truth is that it is going to vary depending on where you live, such as Merritt Island, what kind of surgery you have done, and whether your insurance will cover the surgery. It is best to ask your doctors about their fees …

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