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If you have watched our seminar, had a consultation, or researched bariatric surgery, you will undoubtedly have come across the statistic that between 90 and 95% of obese people do not achieve long-term weight loss with diet and exercise alone. To be sure, improving one’s lifestyle in the form of better diet and exercise habits is a key component of any weight loss strategy. However, without a tool such as bariatric surgery, which is the only proven long-term weight loss solution for obese patients, most people do not get the results they want. So why are those who suffer from obesity having such a hard time losing weight?
The beverage industry is anchored, in large part, by soda sales. And this makes a lot of sense. Not only are sodas refreshing, but they are also incredibly sweet and satisfy our sugar cravings. As society became more health conscious, diet sodas were introduced using artificial sweeteners rather than sugar or high fructose corn syrup. With refinements in taste, today’s diet sodas offer much the same enjoyment, while not adding calories. On the face of it, it sounds like a great compromise. But soda, whether diet or regular, can be detrimental to health and ultimately shorten one’s lifespan.
We are very excited to offer Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery. Dr. Smith truly understands how important the cosmetic aspect of breast cancer surgery for all women and how it can affect patient’s long term. Scars from breast cancer surgery have a very definite psychological impact on a woman after the operation. Some women embrace their scars as a reminder of what they have overcome. Others find the scars to be a constant reminder of a highly traumatic time in their life.
With the prevalence of gallbladder removal surgery, or cholecystectomy, there are a number of misunderstandings about gallbladder disease that are worth addressing and discussing. One of these is whether gallstones can actually cause cancer.
To be sure, there are patients out there that have had their gallbladder removed and the pathology report has come back positive for gallbladder cancer. However, in most cases the cancer is unrelated to the gallstones themselves. We don’t fully know if gallstones are causal or just correlated, but with millions having gallstones and such a small risk of cancer, a causal relationship is unlikely. With that said, the formation of gallstones are signs of other gallbladder cancer risk factors such as age, being female and excess weight.
Any time a new device or technique is developed for a commonly treated condition, especially one with an existing and effective surgical treatment, surgeons approach it with a healthy amount of excitement and skepticism. After all, replacing a tried-and-true procedure with something new cannot be taken lightly. Such is the case with surgery for the treatment of severe or uncontrollable gastroesophageal reflux or GERD. With a significant rise in obesity rates across the United States over the past few decades have come a commensurate increase in chronic acid reflux. While most considered this to be a nuisance, the medical consequences include precancerous Barrett’s Esophagus, and in rare cases, esophageal cancer.
Bariatric patients quickly become familiar with thoughts of things they “can’t” eat, but we want to shift the focus to all of the many things you CAN eat, especially those available all year round. With limited real estate in the stomach, it is important to be aware of eating enough protein throughout the day as well as incorporating delicious, healthy side options as your new pouch allows you to add more to your diet. Continue reading →
It is obvious that stress can contribute to weight gain in many ways. But how do we break the cycle and stop the stress related weight gain? For some, it is possible to combat the stress itself. Maybe there is a relationship that can be improved. It might even be unrealistic expectations you have for yourself that you can address on your own or thorough therapy. Evaluating the cause of your stress and working to decrease your reaction to the stressor, when it arises, can make a huge difference, but this can sometimes be difficult from the inside. Accepting the help of a trusted friend or even a healthcare professional could be the ticket to finding a more peaceful daily life, and smaller waistline.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated as GERD, is characterized by the chronic backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus. This acid reflux occurs, when the Lower Esophageal Sphincter, or LES, does not effectively do its job of sealing food and digestive fluids in the stomach once they are swallowed and travel down the esophagus and into the stomach. The reflux, frequently called heartburn, feels like a pain in the chest that starts behind the breastbone and moves to the throat. Patients sometimes report an unpleasant acid taste in the mouth. Patients with GERD sometimes experience a frequent cough or difficult or painful swallowing as the condition persists.
While you hear of some people losing weight during a stressful time, stress is often a large contributor to weight gain. The causes behind weight gain related to stress are typically a combination of several factors including hormones, psychological factors and lifestyle choices that an individual uses cope with their stress.
You will often hear people describe weight loss surgery as the “easy way out.” Many patients have struggled with their weight their entire lives, which can impact relationships, self worth and self esteem. Further, as humans we love to compare ourselves to others. The truth is, every person’s weight loss journey is unique. Undergoing weight loss surgery and making the important changes that bring success is anything but easy. Some patients start their journey with expectations that may be skewed from reality, making it all the more difficult to succeed. It is important to set yourself up for success by planning for the reality of what it will take to find success and what that success will look like for you. So what should you expect, and when are you being unrealistic? Read on below about come common false expectations patients have.