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Dr. Kenneth Foreman

Bariatrics
Huntsville, AL
29 years experience male

Locations

Alabama Surgical Associates

Huntsville, AL

Address

250 Chateau Drive SW, Suite 105, Huntsville, AL
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Alabama

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

CIGNA Health Care

About

Bio

Dr. Foreman is a general and bariatric surgeon with a special interest in advanced laparoscopic surgical procedures. He performs all currently standard bariatric procedures including laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Bariatrics

General Surgery

Doctor Q&A

68 Answers
69 Agrees
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Around 22-25: The "normal" range for body mass index is 18-25. This does not take into account body composition. When losing weight to reach this range you must ex... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Depends: If you are able to maintain a normal body weight then that is probably ok. If you are overweight then you should reduce your carb intake.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Yes: The vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a newer weight-loss procedure, so long-term data is limited. In published series weight loss averages 60-70% of ex... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Not effective: This contains hoodia, which is supposed to curb appetite when the root is eaten. There is no published scientific proof that putting hoodia on the li... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Yes: This is an uncommon complication, caused when the intestine leaks into the abdomen following surgery. The intestinal contents then leak through the w... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
No: Phentermine is classified by the fda as pregnancy category x, which means the risks to the baby exceed the potential benefit to the mother. If you be... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
1-3 days: This varies based on the procedure. Laparoscopic gastric band patients often go home the same day. Gastric bypass or vertical sleeve gastrectomy pat... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Morbid obesity: Gastric bypass and other weight loss operations are indicated for patients with a body mass index (bmi) greater than 40, or greater than 35 with signi... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Variable: The risk of an incisional hernia varies depending on several factors. Incision size is important, with far fewer hernias after laparoscopic surgery t... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Yes: It usually is safe for obese patients without diabetes or heart disease to perform mild exercise such as walking, but prior to starting more strenuous... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Possibly: A bulge or bubble at the navel is often due to a hernia. When pain is present, this should be examined by a physician as you may have intestine stuck... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Lower fat digestion: The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile, which is then released to aid in breakdown of fatty foods. Without the gallbladder, patients may have s... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
1-2 weeks: You should be off of narcotic pain medication and comfortable behind the wheel before resuming driving. For laparoscopic surgery this is usually 1-2 ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Bariatric surgery: "obesity surgery" is any surgery performed for weight loss, now also used to manage metabolic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Example... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Depends: This depends on what body part is injured. I would recommend speaking with the doctor or physical therapist who is treating you to develop an appropr... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Minimally: A study comparing this to diet only revealed weight loss of 13.4 pounds in one year with xenical, compared to 5.8 pounds with diet alone. The best wa... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Minimally: A study comparing this to diet only revealed weight loss of 13.4 pounds in one year with xenical, compared to 5.8 pounds with diet alone. The best wa... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Not necessarily: While you likely have some adhesions, there may be only a few or many depending on factors such as whether the surgery was open or laparoscopic, or wh... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Muscle mass: Given equal dietary restrictions a person who burns more calories will lose more weight. Men tend to have more muscle mass, which will consume more c... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Variable: The answer depends on the severity of the injury. Minor injury to the spleen can sometimes be managed without surgery by monitoring the patient for o... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
A few weeks: The answer depends on how it was done. Open bypass takes 3-4 weeks to recover, while laparoscopic bypass is often less than 2 weeks. You won't be 100... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Maybe: An obese person will have more fat stores, but also more fat-free mass (muscle, bone) to carry the extra weight. This may allow them to survive longe... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Increase activity: For most people, adding moderate exercise such as a daily 30 minute walk or jog will result in slow, sustainable weight loss while building lean body ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Morbidly obese : Bariatric surgery is indicated for patients who have a body mass index (bmi) over 40, or over 35 with weight-related medical problems like type 2 diab... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Increase activity: For most people, adding moderate exercise such as a daily 30 minute walk will result in slow, sustainable weight loss. Along with this, try to elimin... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Physical activity: Lack of physical activity is one of the most common reasons children are overweight. Riding a bike or playing sports is an easy way to change this. A... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Physical activity: Lack of physical activity is a common reason children are overweight. Limit tv and video games, and encourage active play such as riding a bike or ot... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Yes: Some surgeons do band-over-bypass procedures and report good weight loss results. However, there is an increased risk of complications such as band e... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Diet and exercise: In order to lose weight you must utilize more calories than you consume. Increasing physical activity through walking, biking, etc will increase calo... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
None: The best way to lose weight is eating a healthy, low-glycemic index (lean protein sources and colorful/green vegetables, avoiding starches and beverag... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Yes: As you lose weight you reduce the stress/workload on your heart, lungs, kidneys, muscles, etc. This results in most people feeling like they have mor... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Diet and exercise: The best way to lose weight is eating a healthy, low-glycemic index (lean protein sources and colorful/green vegetables, avoiding starches and beverag... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Bariatric surgeon: While many general surgeons are able to perform bariatric surgery, bariatric surgeons focus in this area and often have additional training. Look for... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Yes: The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile, which is then released to aid in breakdown of fatty foods. Without the gallbladder, patients may have s... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Walking: One of the best places to start is with short walks, then slowly increasing both the distance and intensity as your fitness improves. For patients wi... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Yes: Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery such as a nissen fundoplication involves reducing the stomach from the hiatal hernia, repairing the hernia, and wrapp... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
We don't: Reputable bariatric surgeons will be the first to admit there is a lot we don't know about treating morbid obesity. However, we have spent years stud... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Increase activity: For most people, adding moderate exercise such as a daily 30 minute walk or jog will result in slow, sustainable weight loss while building lean body ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
No: Adhesions are basically scar tissue connecting tissues or organs which are not normally connected. This can not be seen on ct scans, but the effects ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Not necessarily: Surgeons often perform hiatal hernia repairs on patients your age. Whether you are a candidate depends on your overall health. If you have significa... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Exercise & Nutrition: Exercise, especially resistance training, will help you gain muscle and burn body fat. If you have not exercised recently, make sure you start slowly... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Resistance Exercise: For people who are at an acceptable weight but want to lose a little around the middle, increasing physical activity can help. Resistance training is ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
This is about right: Your height and weight convert to a body mass index (bmi) of 34, which is in the obese category. 160 pounds would be a bmi of 24, which is in the ide... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Yes: The laparoscopic approach has greatly reduced the risks associated with gastric bypass. In experienced hands, the 30 day mortality rate is around 0.1... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
1-2 weeks: Most patients these days have laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery. Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery such as a nissen fundoplication involves reducing th... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
1-2 weeks: There is no real risk of injury from sleeping on your stomach, but it can be uncomfortable. This varies for each patient, but most can sleep on their... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Variable: Morbid obesity can increase the risk of complications following surgery, primarily due to increased rates of blood clots and pneumonia. This risk can... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
A couple weeks: Recovery following laparoscopic banding or bypass is often less than 2 weeks. You won't be 100%, but should be able to return to a desk job in this t... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Very: This varies from one person to the next, but the average person loses 60-70% of their excess weight.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Maybe: As with other aerobic exercise, water aerobics will increase your metabolic rate and help burn more calories. If you do not increase your calorie con... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Foreman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Foreman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Nov 26, 2015
I am grateful for this doctor this Thanksgiving!
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I am feeling tired always since last 20 days and vioce is also not cler.
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Thank you! I feel hopeful now that we may conceive.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Saint Louis University School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1993MD

Medical/Graduate school

St Louis UniversitySchool of Medicine
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

HENRY FORD HOSPITAL

Awards

ASMBS Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery
Top Doctor, Third Place, Huntsville Region, AL - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Huntsville Region, AL - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
American College of Surgeons
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