Monthly Archive: August 2018

Aug 31

Good medical practices work together to benefit the patient

Bariatric medicine may involve the skills of primary care doctors like family practice or internal medicine specialists, endocrinologists and surgeons. Each of these physicians may have earned board certification in a medical specialty. What does the term, “Board Certified” mean? Click one of these links to find out what it takes for a doctor to …

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Aug 29

There are several ways to get in contact with Dr. Birkedal

Our practice tries to use a variety of platforms to reach, educate and help patients. This includes our presence on Google + on Facebook, our website at Dr. Christain Birkedal, MD, and our email link at Contact Dr Birkedal. Please take a look at all of our up-to-date media efforts, and then give us a …

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Aug 27

Increased Taste Sensitivity after Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery procedures like the gastric sleeve and the gastric bypass are intended to produce significant and lasting weight loss in medically obese patients. The success of weight loss surgery in producing reductions in body mass index and body weight is an established fact. Bariatric surgery is unquestionably effective in producing and maintaining long-term weight …

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Aug 22

How do you think we are doing in the struggle against obesity?

Is morbid obesity becoming more or less common? Bariatric surgery procedures are more common, so is obesity a growing problem? Find out what the CDC said last October by reading “Wrong Way, Jose.” To get answers about your bariatric surgery questions, call our office at (386) 210-9794.

Aug 20

Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair

Hernia repair is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States. Hernias are classified by the area in which they occur. Commonly herniated areas are in the groin (inguinal hernias), belly button (umbilical hernias), and the site of a previous surgery (incisional hernias). All hernias, no matter where they are located, …

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Aug 18

Is Obesity Contagious?

We all know that our environment affects the way we behave. If the people around us are polite and courteous, we tend to be the same. If they dress casually, we dress casually, not wanting to feel out of place. Is it possible that this extends to weight control? Why do some states (Utah, Hawaii …

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Aug 15

The Chicken Or the Egg?

Discussing mental health and obesity can be tricky, because you often run into the question of, “which came first.”  Mental health issues like anxiety and depression can lead to overeating and obesity, but is it sometimes the reverse? Does being overweight or obese make people depressed and anxious? Do overweight patients suffer from a higher …

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Aug 14

Minimally Invasive Breast Surgery

Breast cancer is one of the most common and concerning health problems faced by American women. It is second only to skin cancer as the most diagnosed malignancy in female patients. Currently, it is estimated that about 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer (cancer that spreads into surrounding tissue) sometime in …

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Aug 13

What is Bariatric Medicine?

Given the growing problem of obesity in the United States and the world, it is surprising that we do not hear the terms, “bariatric clinic,”  “bariatric physician,” “bariatrics” or “bariatrician” more often. The specialties and subspecialties of medical practice have tended to develop in order to fill specific, sometimes narrow needs. Cardiologists deal with heart …

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Aug 10

It’s never too early to remind you about the Monthly Bariatric Support Group Meeting

This meeting is held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5pm. It’s located in Dr. Birkedal’s Office at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center. For August, that will be Thursday August 16, 2018. If you are concerned about your weight, please plan to attend. The first step in solving your problem is to recognize …

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