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What kind of doctor performs bariatric surgery?

What kind of doctor performs bariatric surgery?

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 a bariatric surgeon who meets center of excellence criteria from a national surgical organization such as the american society for metabolic and bariatric surgery or the american college of surgeons. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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Weight Loss Surgery (Definition)

Surgical procedures for obesity may be appropriate for some dangerously obese people, and they may reduce heart problems and many of the risks associated with obesity. These risks include high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and diabetes. In fact, surgery provides much greater control of weight and diabetes than nonsurgical weight-loss methods. Studies are reporting significant reductions in diabetes, and the need for diabetic medications, after surgery. Other medical conditions that often improve after surgery include heartburn, arthritis, and other joint and circulation problems. The care of patients undergoing bariatric surgery, before and after surgery, requires specialized expertise and facilities. Studies have shown that the likelihood of complications is significantly associated with the experience of the surgeon and staff. Bariatric surgeries produce weight loss through one of two approaches: * Restrictive Banding Procedures. These procedures restrict the amount of food by closing off parts of the stomach with bands. * Malabsorptive Bypass Procedures. This approach restricts the amount of food and also reduces absorption by using a bypass of parts of the intestine. The malabsorptive procedures are more successful in achieving weight loss than the banding approach, but they carry a greater ...Read more


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My doctors will not recommend acid reflux surgery or bariatric surgery even though they have said the acid reflux is causing 8 bouts of bronchitis why?

My doctors will not recommend acid reflux surgery or bariatric surgery even though they have said the acid reflux is causing 8 bouts of bronchitis why?

Reflux: Not sure why. However, if you qualify for weight loss surgery by your bmi, and you have significant reflux, the best operation for you would be a gastric bypass which will make you lose weight and correct your reflux. ...Read more

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Will a hypoechoic nodule of the thyroid prevent me from having bariatric surgery? Doctor stated repeat us in six months 0.413 x 0.546cm. How big is it

Will a hypoechoic nodule of the thyroid prevent me from having bariatric surgery? Doctor stated repeat us in six months 0.413 x 0.546cm. How big is it

Generally not: Check with your bariactic doctor. 2.5 cm. Is an inch , so the size of the nodules are about 1/4 of an inch. Important to follow up with repeat us as your doctor suggested. ...Read more

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What are the routine tests performed before bariatric surgery?

What are the routine tests performed before bariatric surgery?

Depends: Blood work. Some like to check for stones in the gallbladder - some like cardiac work up if indicated. ...Read more

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What type of bariatric surgery is to be done for me?

Bariatric surgery: Answering that question requires getting your full medical history and can take a while to figure out. Some patients take days, weeks, or months to decide between having a lap band, gastric bypass, or sleeve gastrectomy. You'll need to see an experienced bariatric surgeon for a consultation to help you with that answer. I go through this everyday with new patients, but can't give a short answer. ...Read more

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I have sarcoidosis and i would be undergoing a weight loss surgery. The bariatric doctor suggests gastric bypass and irequested for gastric sleeve. Which one is better?

I have sarcoidosis and i would be undergoing a weight loss surgery. The bariatric doctor suggests gastric bypass and irequested for gastric sleeve. Which one is better?

About the same: While there more data on the gastric bypass, more recent data suggest similar benefits in terms of weight loss and improvement in glucose metabolism with the sleeve. What is more important us the degree of proficiency the operating doctor has with the procedure. ...Read more

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What are the different kinds of bariatric surgery?

What are the different kinds of bariatric surgery?

Best operation: There is no "best" operation. Different people do better with different operations. The gastric bypass is the gold standard and results in the most weight loss and best at curing diabetes. However, it may not be the right one for you. The sleeve gastrectomy is also very effective. The lap band is falling out of favor these days and only accounts for 8% of the weight loss operations done in the US. ...Read more

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Bariatric surgery how safe it is?

Increasingly safe : Bariatric surgery is really a grab bag of terms and there are many procedures available which range from relatively minimally invasive to highly complex. The risks relate to the extent of the surgery as well as the health of the individual undergoing the surgery and tolerance of general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Just how effective is bariatric surgery?

Very: Bariatric surgery if done correctly, appears to be very effective, provided you stick to your job and not to eat what comes your way. You will need to eat foods that you can tolerate, but also healthy ones. ...Read more

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What could be the possible benefits of bariatric surgery?

Lots: Bariatric surgery can help with any of the associated medical problems commonly seen with obesity. Following weight loss, patients can see improvements in their blood pressure, blood sugar, reflux disease, joint pain, sleep apnea, and many other things. You should look for a bariatric center of excellence to discuss these matters in more detail. ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Foreman
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Bariatrics (Definition)

Bariatrics is the field of medicine dedicated to the study and management of obesity. Medical and surgical weight loss, treatment options, clinical research in obesity, and the general medical care of hospital patients who are severely overweight are all covered in this field. Almost a third of american patients suffer from obesity defined as a body mass index ...Read more


Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Gastric Bypass Surgery (Definition)

Gastric bypass surgery is a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure to help lose weight. Restrictive is in the fact that the stomach is down sized to a 2 oz pouch and malabsorptive is in bypassing part of the stomach and 100 to 150 cm of the small ...Read more