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Minimizing the Cost of Bariatric Surgery

May 24, 2019

For many, bariatric surgery can seem intimidating and unattainable due to cost. After all, any major surgery is expensive. Beyond the fees due to the medical team including surgeons, anesthesia and diagnostic testing, the hospital must be paid for their operating room and the overnight stay for recovery. But are there ways to save on weight loss surgery? We at Surgical Association of Mobile are dedicated to a fully transparent process that informs you about any out-of-pocket costs. Should your insurance plan exclude bariatric surgery, or your deductible or out of pocket expense be high, we can help you find alternative payment methods and arrange for cash pay pricing.

Why Bariatric Surgery is Worth it

Beyond the intangible potential benefits of bariatric surgery, including better general health, increased mobility and longer life, there are actual cost benefits to a successful bariatric procedure.

Several studies have shown that the cost of obesity is significant. Major expenses can include:

  • Extra food costs
  • Lost wages due to sick days and missed work
  • Cost of medication
  • Cost of non-bariatric procedures associated with excess weight and related health issues
  • And much more

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SAMPA Chosen as an Epicenter for Robotic Bariatric Surgery

March 19, 2019

We are very proud to announce that Dr. Forrest Ringold and Surgical Association of Mobile, in partnership with Mobile Infirmary Medical Center, have been chosen by Intuitive Surgical, the leader in Robotic Bariatric and General Surgery Solutions, to be an Epicenter for Robotic Bariatric Surgery.  While many hospitals around the country have invested in robotic technology, Dr. Ringold and Surgical Association of Mobile have been leaders in the deployment the new technology both in General and Bariatric surgery.  Our practice is one of the first in the Southeast to make wide-scale use of the Robotic Platform, known as the da Vinci Surgical System, for weight loss and other general surgeries.

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Comparing LINX Reflux Management System with Increased PPI Dosage

March 15, 2019

A clinical study published in early 20191 followed patients with continued moderate-to-severe regurgitation after single dose omeprazole – A common PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitor) for stomach acid. Some patients were assigned to a group that underwent a procedure to implant the LINX magnetic sphincter augmentation device while others were given a second daily dose of PPI inhibitor. Subjects were followed for five years to see how each intervention affected their symptoms.

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Hidden Sugars and How To Find Them

February 25, 2019

As if making healthy eating choices wasn’t challenging enough, here we are facing maybe one of our greatest nutritional epidemics – weaning ourselves off the incredible amount of hidden, and not-so-hidden, sugars in our modern diets. This is not about the table sugar that we swirl into our coffee or the obviously sugary doughnuts we avoid in the office breakroom. Our addiction to, and failure to conquer, sugar goes beyond the obvious. Continue reading →

Obesity & Diabetic Eye Disease Risk

February 10, 2019

Eyes are the windows to the soul, and keeping your body healthy helps to keep those windows operating smoothly! If you are obese you may be more concerned about your heart health than your vision, but the risks for diabetic eye diseases, including glaucoma, are increased by obesity.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a general word for a group of eye diseases that lead to irreversible damage of the optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain and can cause total blindness if left untreated. Slow vision loss is usually the only symptom and since the condition can’t be cured, it’s important to be aware of your risk factors and see an ophthalmologist regularly. These risk factors can include:

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Three Lifestyle Changes to Help Chip Away at Your New Year’s Resolution

January 30, 2019

Already a few weeks into 2019, many of us have already found difficulty sticking to our New Year’s resolution. And as much as we hate to admit it, this isn’t our first resolution tango. While setting goals are always encouraged as an integral part on the roadmap to success, sometimes breaking down lofty accomplishments into small, unintimidating parts yields the biggest results. For example, everyone’s favorite resolution of losing “X lbs” gets swept up in the commotion of this year’s hot diet fad, new gym memberships, and even new yoga pants to spark your success. New yoga pants are always great, but we need to accept that life is busy and complicated, and as much as magic pants are welcome, we really need to restructure our thinking. How about instead of “losing X pounds,” we create tangible and “doable” tasks will accelerate our journey toward resolution domination. So, to start, let’s focus on different numbers:

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Traveling on A Bariatric Diet

August 8, 2018

One of the hardest parts of post bariatric surgery life is sticking to your diet and exercise regimen while traveling. Many post-op professionals and avid vacationers must develop habits of eating well when tempted by new and exciting restaurants and exercising even though it is much easier to end the day by jumping into bed and watching some TV.

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Body Image Considerations after Bariatric Surgery

July 26, 2018

Many post-bariatric surgery patients suffer from a distorted view of their body, which can, in turn, cause serious psychological difficulties after surgery. Body image issues cannot be corrected immediately, to be sure. After all, obesity didn’t occur overnight, and the effects of obesity will not disappear quickly either. However, it is important patients begin to address their body image and expectations immediately after surgery – ideally even before surgery.

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Bariatric Surgery for Those Suffering from Type-2 Diabetes or GERD

July 15, 2018

Bariatric surgery is primarily a disease improvement and resolution procedure. In other words, weight loss is simply a secondary benefit. So, it is very important the decision to undergo bariatric surgery be predicated upon a patient’s unique medical circumstance, including the obesity related diseases from which they suffer. This is particularly important for those experiencing significant symptoms or advanced forms of certain diseases.

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When Laparoscopic Surgery Isn’t the Best Option

June 28, 2018

Modern surgery has benefited from the advent and refinement of the laparoscopic or minimally invasive approach. Minimally invasive procedures offer several benefits including less pain, less blood loss, smaller scars, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery. As a result, most of the bariatric and general surgery procedures we perform are minimally invasive and/or robotically assisted. There are times, however, when open surgery is more appropriate for a patient’s circumstance. These reasons can include:

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