Category Archives: Weight Loss Surgery

Dealing With Plateaus After Bariatric Surgery

Unfortunately, with bariatric surgery or not, we will always experience setbacks in our quest for better health. At times when progress slows, we can feel like failures. Nothing is more frustrating than plateauing after bariatric surgery, having had months or …

Dr. Forrest Ringold and SAMPA – The First in AL to Use Titan SGS Stapler

As part of our goal of improving bariatric surgery for our patients, Dr. Forrest Ringold and SAMPA are excited to announce that we were the first in Alabama to perform a sleeve gastrectomy using a newly approved stapling device known …

BMI: What Does It Mean and is it Useful?

If you have had a conversation about your weight, the Body Mass Index (BMI) has probably been discussed. As you may know, your BMI comes from a formula that compares your weight to your body’s surface area. The product of …

SAMPA’s Weight Loss Surgeons are 2021 Nappies Finalists!

We are thrilled for another year are being nominated as finalists in the Lagniappe Nappies Awards. As reigning champions in the Weight Loss Docs – Surgical category, we need your votes to stay on top for another year. Click here …

The Right Bariatric Procedure for Those with GERD

While every bariatric procedure has the potential to reduce or even eliminate the diseases associated with morbid obesity, GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease – chronic acid reflux that lasts for more than several weeks represents an interesting conundrum. On one …

Why Weight Loss Surgery Is Not the Easy Way Out

A common reason patients postpone their weight loss procedure revolves around their misconception of weight loss surgery being “the easy way out.” This can be exacerbated by the stigma that surrounds weight loss surgery and obesity more generally. Oftentimes, when …

How A Psychologist Can Help with Bariatric Surgery

Some insurers require a psychological evaluation prior to surgery.  Many patients don’t realize the importance of this.  In turn, they do not take advantage of the professional assistance they can receive from a qualified mental health professional. In fact, many …

The Staggering Cost of Diabetes in the US

Back in 2007, statistics courtesy of the American Diabetes Association pegged the total cost of diagnosed diabetes treatment in the US at that time at about $174 billion. This included direct and indirect costs. That is a staggering figure by …

Managing Relationship Changes after Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss surgery can be the restart button someone suffering from obesity truly needs. Physical and emotional obstacles that once stood as barriers to a happier, healthier life are broken down, allowing for new opportunities and aspirations. The effects bariatric …

Dr. Ballard: The CORONADO Study on Outcomes for COVID Patients with Diabetes and Obesity

Early on in the coronavirus pandemic, the Center for Disease Control identified obesity and diabetes as characteristics that increased individual’s risk for severe complications from COVID-19. Now, new research is beginning to clearly demonstrate how these health conditions impact patient’s …

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