Monthly Archive: November 2017

Nov 27

Holiday Eating

Last week was Thanksgiving and everyone in our practice hopes that you enjoyed the holiday to the fullest! On second thought, “the fullest” may not be the best way a bariatric surgeon can put it. Holidays like Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas and New Year’s Day are often associated with stuffing ourselves to exactly that, “the fullest.” …

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Nov 20

It’s That Time of Year Again!

The holiday season is starting later this week. In short order, we will have Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The holidays are wonderful opportunities to be with family and friends and to reflect on the good fortune we enjoy in America. They also bring stress and the temptation of frequent …

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Nov 17

Weight training and weight loss

What role can weight training play in losing excess weight? Read about Hormonal Changes that help in Weight Loss by clicking the link.

Nov 15

What is Bariatric Surgery?

For the complete breakdown, read “Understanding the Bariatric Surgery Process.”

Nov 15

Safe Exercise for Obese Patients

Obesity can become a self-perpetuating condition. The overweight patient can become less able, less comfortable and perhaps less willing to exercise. This lack of adequate exercise is a major component in the cycle of overeating, weight gain and obesity. The standard advice given to anybody who has not exercised for some time applies even more …

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Nov 15

Understanding the Gallbladder

Have you been told that you might need gallbladder surgery? If you are wondering what this organ is, where it is located and how it can affect your health, read this blog article- Understanding the Gallbladder.

Nov 13

Childhood Obesity

Last week, this website published an article about the epidemic of obesity among American adults. According to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, 36.5% of all American adults met the medical definition of ‘obese’ (a BMI or body mass index of 30 or higher).  As disturbing as that statistic is, the growing problem of …

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Nov 13

Do Medicare and Medicaid cover weight-loss surgery?

Do Medicare and Medicaid insurance plans ever cover the cost of weight-loss surgery? Our practice accepts a wide variety of insurance plans and the office staff can help you evaluate your coverage. Click on INSURANCE to contact our business office.

Nov 08

What is Allergan lap Band Surgery?

When you are looking to lose weight, Allergan is just one of the manufacturers that make products that can help. The Allergan Lap Band is used for the lap band procedure that limits the amount of food your stomach can hold and therefore helps you to lose weight by eating less. Call Dr. Birkedal today …

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Nov 06

The Obesity Epidemic

What percentage of American adults are obese? Would you guess 20 percent? 30 percent?  Maybe, even more than 30%? According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2014 36.5% of all American adults met the medical definition of ‘obese’ (a BMI or body mass index of 30 or higher).  This figure has been rising …

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