Monthly Archive: January 2019

Jan 30

Medical practice and surgery do not stand still for long

Modern practice means that there are constant demands for learning new material or using new technology. Today’s doctors should base their decisions on objective evidence rather than on past practice or what was taught in medical school years ago. But “new” is not always “better,” and how do surgeons and doctors decide? Good physicians practice …

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Jan 28

Advances in breast cancer surgery have been dramatic

Improved treatment with drugs, radiation therapy and surgery, especially minimally invasive breast surgery, have made cure rates for breast cancer much higher. In the past, radiation therapy has been routinely recommended after many breast cancer operations, but a new technology, called IORT, can eliminate the need for extended treatment. You can learn about IORT, or …

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Jan 25

Revision bariatric surgery

Most patients have heard terms like “bariatric surgery,” “weight loss surgery,” “gastric bypass surgery” or “gastric sleeve surgery.” Occasionally, they may come across the words, “revision surgery,” and wonder what the expression means. Revision surgery refers to any surgical procedure that is performed to reverse or correct a previous operation. Revision bariatric surgery is performed …

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Jan 23

Obesity in children

Two years ago, the National Center for Health Statistics reported that over 36% 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 childhood obesity may be even more concerning. Obesity in childhood is especially …

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Jan 21

Gallbladder disease and age

In the past, gallbladder disease has been associated with older patients. It was typical for gallstones to show up in patients in their 50’s or 60’s. Recent data shows that the occurrence of gallstones and, therefore gallbladder removal surgery, is trending to lower age groups.  Why? Could this be another consequence of our diets? Read …

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Jan 18

Wellness Services

Our professional staff offers weight-loss surgery, but also non-surgical approaches to weight loss. An important part of a successful weight loss program is commitment to some form of exercise. Read “Commit to Exercising Every Day” to find out more. Joining a group or individual program that encourages exercise is one good way to keep that …

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Jan 16

Reversing Prediabetes

Our website has written about the medical condition called “prediabetes.” This word sounds a little strange to some people. After all, there is no condition called “preflu” or “prearthritis,” so why is there a prediabetes? Many of the measurements that doctors use to evaluate a patient have a range that goes from low through normal, …

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Jan 14

Are you medically obese?

Everybody knows that obesity is one of America’s (and the entire world’s) biggest health problems. Do you think this is getting better or worse? What percentage of America’s population qualifies as medically obese? Is it 20%, 30% or more than 30%? Bariatric surgery procedures are more common every year, but so is obesity. Here is …

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Jan 11

Long-term durability of weight loss after bariatric surgery

Perhaps the most common misconception about weight loss surgery is that, “Most patients will regain the weight they lose after weight loss surgery over the years that follow.” Numerous studies have now demonstrated that this is not the case. The effectiveness of bariatric surgery in long-term weight control has been repeatedly confirmed. The medical profession …

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Jan 09

The Concept of Wellness

More and more physicians are concentrating on the promotion of wellness as opposed to the treatment of disease. Wellness is more than just the absence of illness. Wellness is an active practice that involves intentionally making healthy choices. It means taking active measures to build and maintain good health. There is no better way to …

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