Category Archives: Weight Loss Surgery

Why I Never Wanted to Have Bariatric Surgery

My story is one of senselessness, stubbornness, weakness, and despair – you get the point. It’s a classic story of someone seemingly on top that drops to the bottom and then quite a bit further below that. And I did …

Choosing Between Robotic & Laparoscopic Surgery

A question we are often asked revolves around whether traditional laparoscopic surgery or robotic surgery is a better option. Some of the bariatric surgeons in our practice prefer the robotic approach while others stick to conventional laparoscopy. Let’s discuss why, …

Breaking the News About Your Decision to Have Bariatric Surgery

Millions of Americans qualify for bariatric surgery, and many have researched surgical options for weight loss. However, while bariatric surgery is the single most effective long-term solution for patients suffering from obesity, only a tiny fraction of qualifying patients ultimately …

Big News in Bariatric Surgery Guidance!

With a continued rise in obesity in the United States over the past few decades, guidelines for bariatric surgery have been slow to be updated. There’s a good reason for this. As you may know, studies are often revised, retracted, …

Four Habits That Are Jeopardizing Your Weight Loss Results

The weight loss process is a lifelong fight against the chronic disease of obesity. It is a fight you must take on every day yet it’s easy to go off-track. As such, you need to give yourself the best odds …

The 4 Things We Wish Every Patient Knew Before Bariatric Surgery

One of the best things someone can do before bariatric surgery is to prepare themselves as much as possible. This can be done by talking with your healthcare provider, attending educational classes, talking to someone else who has been through …

Do Weight Loss Medications Work Better Than Surgery for Weight Loss?

Millions of Americans struggle with losing weight for years, which can feel like an uphill battle with no end in sight. Obesity is a disease that affects more than 4 out of every ten adults in the United States.1 The …

SAMPA’s Surgeons are 2022 Nappie’s Finalists

It’s NAPPIE TIME!  With great excitement, we are happy to share that Dr. Barry Ballard, Dr. Forrest Ringold, and Dr. Jeff Hannon have been nominated for Best Weight Loss Doctor – Surgical and Dr. Barry Ballard and Dr. Forrest Ringold being nominated as Best …

Should You Have Bariatric Surgery for an Orthopedic Procedure?

Many patients suffering from obesity may experience debilitating chronic pain in their joints known as osteoarthritis. Our joints are made from bones that are not meant to rub against each other. The smooth movement in our joints is due to …

Is the Duodenal Switch Making a Comeback?

The duodenal switch or DS is a very effective weight loss surgery procedure that’s been offered for decades. In fact, in the hands of an experienced bariatric surgeon such as those at Surgical Association of Mobile, it can offer the …

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