Monthly Archive: December 2018

Dec 14

Insurance and Weight Loss Surgery

bariatric surgeryThere many misconceptions about bariatric surgery, including the mistaken idea that it is exclusively a cosmetic procedure. Because of that notion, patients may think that medical insurance will not pay for weight loss surgery. This is not the case; our office works with many, many health insurance organizations. We accept Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, …

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Dec 12

An Unwelcome Holiday Visitor

We are well into the season of holiday merry-making and often over indulgence; the medical staff members in hospitals and emergency rooms sometimes see the results. Of course, the first thing to come to mind is traffic accidents. The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are often the heaviest travel days of the year, and combined with …

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Dec 11

Evidence Supporting Weight Loss Surgery Mounts

Several months ago we wrote an article about “evidence-based medicine,” sometimes called “evidence-based practice.” These terms mean that doctors base their decisions on objective facts gathered by trained professionals who are not biased about the results. If the evidence shows that a certain drug was not effective, or produced unacceptable side effects, then evidenced-based practice …

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Dec 10

A Common Surgery

How many cholecystectomies (gallbladder removal surgeries) do you think are done each year in the United States? Is it more than 200,000? More than 300,000? 400,000? Here is a clue – gallbladder removal surgery is one of the most common of all surgical procedures done in American hospitals. Years ago, gallbladder disease was associated mainly …

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Dec 05

Obesity and Healthcare Costs

Everyone is worried about managing health care costs. This issue is a growing concern to hospitals, the health insurance industry, public health officials and doctors; it especially worries politicians. The fact is that a very large part of this problem is related to human behavior, not to any natural force like infection. Depending on your …

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Dec 03

What do you know about hernias?

Hernia repair is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States. Each year, 600,000 to 700,000 inguinal hernia surgeries are done in the United States, making it one of the most common surgical procedures. Today, most hernia surgeries are laparoscopic, one-day procedures (patients visit a surgery center, have the procedure and …

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