Monthly Archive: March 2018

Mar 30

Happy Doctors Day, Dr. Birkedal!

Happy Doctors Day to one of the best doctors around! We love you!

Mar 30

Check out our video on insurance and bariatric surgery

Still have questions about weight loss surgery and insurance? A video may be worth a thousand (or more) words! Check out Bariatric Surgery is it covered by Insurance?

Mar 28

Does my insurance cover weight loss surgery?

Are you wondering about insurance coverage? There is no doubt that insurance reimbursement is one of the important factors in choosing any physician, surgeon or a weight loss surgery procedure like gastric bypass or a gastric sleeve. Read about some ways you can increase the chance of your insurance carrier approving bariatric surgery here – …

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Mar 26

Is Obesity Contagious?

Looking around, you might think that obesity could be ‘catchy.’ It is not in the way that measles and the flu (influenza) are contagious. An overweight person cannot sneeze on another individual and “give them” obesity the way that a person with flu or a common cold can pass those infections on. Still, it is …

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Mar 23

Who is Cesar Roux?

Does the name Cesar Roux ring a bell with you? If you guessed that he is a performer (like Bruno Mars), it sounds likely, but that is wrong. Actually, Dr. Cesar Roux was a distinguished surgeon and professor who invented some important surgical techniques. The blog, “What is a Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass?” will explain.

Mar 23

The latest newsletter is out

You can find the latest newsletter from Dr. Birkedal here.

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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