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Dr. Chuck Shaffer

Bariatrics
CHRISTIANSBURG, VA
35 years experience male

Locations

Office

Christiansburg, VA

Address

1600 Roanoke st Suite D, Christiansburg, VA
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5 to 7:00pm
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Weigh station Inc

CHRISTIANSBURG, VA

About

Bio

I have been practicing bariatric medicine for the last 9 years , our practice has grown to over 12,000 patients that come from every section of the United States and one international patient... we would love to be able to help you.... you can visit us on the Internet at www.weighstation.net.... . please review our testimonials and our newsletters. .... please do not hesitate to contact our office for any questions.You can also see our information on Facebook,check out weighstation winners .This is a closed group which is weighstation patients

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

Licenses

United States: Florida, Virginia

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

244 Answers
104 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Yes: yes, slowly it will fade over time.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: See your physician.Any rectal bleeding needs to be reported and you need a exam by your physician.The soon the better! it may be hemorrhoids that are ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: I would suggest you to go to our website, www.Weighstation.Net..For a list of recipes and other helps when it comes to low-carb dieting. Low-fat diet ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Sure liquid diets work, but do you eat like this for rest of your life.I think not. We recommend that you learn to eat for you.That is the best answe... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Please see your physician or your obstetrician gynecologist for workup of your above complaints.You're not that far from charlottesville to be seen at... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Iyou live in austin texas, which has some of the best gastroenterologist in United States. I would suggest you check in with austin gastroenterology..... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: That depends on which ones you are talking about. In my practice, I use different medications to help people lose weight. If you can be a little bit... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
no: Nacanthosis nigricans is a condition characterized by abnormal thickening and darkening of the skin, especially in body creases. It is most commonly a... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Of my patients who have had this procedure, none noted a big difference till they changed their diet.I would reduce your carbs take out soda, increase... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Chlamydia is known as a "silent" disease. This is because 75 percent of infected women and at least half of infected men have no symptoms. If symptom... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: I vote paleo...Give it a try for a month see what happens check with your md for help with any weight loss.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Your bmi is too high. It's a 32.7 you are obesity class i. Don't chase the scale, learn to eat correctly for yourself. Stay away from the high carbohy... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: My experience has shown me that eating a high-protein breakfast works much better. I'm sure you'll find different opinions on this webpage. But think ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: There are two main types of cocoa powder. Natural cocoa powder is produced using the process detailed above, and it is naturally very strong, slightly... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Pyruvate is a naturally occurring substance in the human body. It controls a person's metabolic rate and is produced in the liver. The more pyruvate... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Low fat is really low calorie...Good luck not my choice.I doubt it will help you ...See your md for evaluation for help in weight loss.Help is availab... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: You do not have to diet to lose weight. You have to learn to eat correctly for you. I suggest lowering your carbohydrate intake, increasing your water... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Our patients here at the weigh station re-recommend calcium pyruvate. However, if you don't learn how to eat correctly no medication will work for you... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Some nutritionists and healthcare practitioners believe that certain cravings are meaningful. For example, cravings for ice and bizarre substances lik... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Short answer: You can lose weight if you learn a few simple things. Cut your carbs, drink water, exercise 30 to 45 min. A day. Do not skip meals. Gary taubes wrote ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Ashley, I'm not a big fan of low-calorie diets. Calories are really not the biggest problem. It's what the calorie is made of. Calories are different ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below YES: At times it may cause nausea, stomach cramps, loose bowel movements ...Please check with your doctor before beginning any type of herbal treatment.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Possible Side Effects When you take Garcinia cambogia, you might get: Dizziness Dry mouth Headache Upset stomach or diarrhea In 2009, the Food and Dru... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
My opinion: It's not a good idea for your husband to drink milk. Milk is a lactose sugar. Not only does it cause him to gain weight, but it also is difficult to c... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: please see your doctor soon as possible as this could be a sign of diabetes ..do not take a chance call your physicians office ,
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
No: You can get an idea of simple menus by looking at our webpage www.weighstation.net. Each newsletter has a new recipe that may help you make healthier ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: The reason why acinar cells become atrophic is not clear, most evidence points to an important role of Insulin as a trophic agent, although other fact... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: There are multiple Meal plans on our webpage@wwwweighstation.net. Feel free to use any of them there included in each of our newsletters..It's not so ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: High-fructose corn syrup is a common sweetener in sodas and fruit-flavored drinks. As use of high-fructose corn syrup has increased, so have levels of... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: there are lots of over-the-counter weight loss remedies. Most of them are not very good. The best way to lose weight is first contact your physician a... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Heart disease and stroke High blood pressure Diabetes type 2 Some cancers Gallbladder disease and gallstones Osteoarthritis Gout Breathing problems, s... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: you may have reflux esophagitis, and also could be sleep apnea. You need to see your physician for a workup. Please see your physician for your compla... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
YES: YES
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Sometimes acanthosis nigricans is congenital (something a person is born with). It also can occur as a result of obesity or an endocrine (glandular) d... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Lots of suggestion to help you on our web page.www.weighstation.net..also links you to ask our dietitian..She will answer your questions.This is all f... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: our newsletters for each month have healthy recipes that will help you lose weight...no shakes or bars real food ..see www.weighstation.com
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: First, Phentermine is contraindicated for pregnancy, so i'm not sure why anyone would prescribe it to someone who is not on strict birth control. I... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: The key ingredient, the alpha-amylase inhibitor present is white kidney bean extract (aka phaseolus vulgaris).
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below YES: Yes..Boxing is an excellent cardiovascular exercise. It is important that you eat enough protein in your diet. If you would like an outline of a healt... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Phentermine is used together with diet and exercise to treat obesity (overweight) in people with risk factors such as high blood pressure, high choles... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: I have not found any herbal or over the counter products that work well. You need to talk to your md and discuss you weigh issues'..Our web page has h... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Fair: Alli belongs to a class of drugs called lipase inhibitors. Such medications block the intestines from absorbing some of the fat in the foods that you ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Under the guidance of you doctor Phentermine is a great weight loss assistant. It is not the total answer.You will need to eat correctly , lower your... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: I can not recall any but check with your md.My patient seem to gain weight on prozac (fluoxetine). My patients take low-dose Phentermine that are on P... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Appears so: Type 1 diabetes treatment trial involving leptin, which is naturally produced by fat cells and involved in body-weight regulation.Recently ut southwes... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Millions of americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, obesity is the most commn cause. ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
I would hope not: You should try to stop sugar, carbs, increase your water..Cardio exercise..Eat more vegs , and protein..You can find more ideas on www.Weighstation.Ne... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Cardio is best: Walking , jogging bike riding all help..Fast weight loss is related to what you eat more than what you do!
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
Ask your surgeon: Ask your md for his or her recommendations ..Usually 6 to 8 weeks.
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 35 years experience
See below: Looking at their website. They don't tell you what's in it... So how do you know what the outcome will be? In my years of experience in doing bariat... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Shaffer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Shaffer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
What do you mean if i d0nt eat right i w0nt lose weight? I weigh 190lbs a m0nth ago when i start c0ntrl my fud,jog n wrkout.im 27.tnx a lot.
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Hoping to start next week! It has worked wonders for me in the past.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! You answered my inquiry about Metformin. Can't take it anymore.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Spartan Health Sciences University, School Of Medicine, St. Lucia
Graduated 1988MD

Residency

CreIGHTON UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER - SAINT JOSEPH

Awards

First Place in Bedside manner Award 5 years in a row for the NRV in Bariatric Medicine!
Top Doctor, First Place, Roanoke, VA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Roanoke, VA - Winter
2013

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