Dr. Jorge Sosa Weight loss surgery may be a successful option for people who have tried many diets over the years, yet without sustaining weight loss that keeps them at a healthy weight. However, myths about weight loss surgery get a lot of attention. Below, we bust six common myths about bariatric surgery. Surgery is a “cop-out.” Not true. Patients having weight loss surgery must be mentally prepared to be successful. In addition to mental preparation, patients must follow strict dietary guidelines for six weeks after surgery and then continue to be diligent about food volume, choices, taking vitamins and increasing exercise for the rest of their lives in order to lose the excess body weight and keep it off long term. Bariatric surgery helps a person lose weight but a long-term commitment is required. Weight loss surgery is too expensive. While the cash pay price can be high, there are many financing options, and many people have insurance coverage for weight loss surgery. … [Read more...] about Six Myths About Weight Loss Surgery
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SYRACUSE — The bariatric, or weight loss, surgery program at Crouse Health has been reaccredited as a “comprehensive center” under the metabolic and bariatric surgery accreditation and quality improvement program (MBSAQIP). MBSAQIP is a joint program of the Chicago–based American College of Surgeons and the Newberry, Florida–based American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Crouse’s bariatric-surgery program met “strict” criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure, and protocols for care, “ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity,” the hospital said in a news release. “This accreditation is the definitive ‘seal of approval’ in our field, and it tells patients that we meet the highest standards for patient safety and quality,” Dr. Jeffrey DeSimone, medical director of Crouse Hospital’s weight-loss surgery program, said. … [Read more...] about Crouse Hospital’s weight-loss surgery program re-accredited
Culture Movies & TV Family by the Ton subject Amanda Johnson helped inspire her family members to lose weight, but something with her surgery might have gone wrong. On the same day that Amy Long agreed to get weight loss surgery, Amanda reveals she’s experiencing excruciating pain in her chest, as revealed in an exclusive clip obtained by Newsweek Wednesday. “Today is Amy’s surgery day so I am here to support her even though I haven’t been feeling great. I’ve been having pains in my chest but I’m going to keep that to myself—at least until she gets back to surgery,” Amanda says. Like Amanda suspected, Amy is nervous about her surgery. “There definitely is a part of my mind telling me, ‘Hey, you could not wake up from this.’ Is this going to be the last hug I give my mom, the last hug I’m going to give my grandmother and my aunt,” she says. “I’m feeling like I have to be really brave for … [Read more...] about ‘Family By The Ton’ Season 2 Spoilers: Amanda Goes to the Emergency Room After Amy’s Weight Loss Surgery
Dr. Joani Jack Dr. Joani Jack Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Q: Weight has always been an issue in our family, and I am growing concerned about my 15-year-old son. I'm afraid if we don't do something now, he will end up with a lifetime of weight-related problems. Is weight-loss surgery an option for teens? A: Bariatric surgery is definitely an option for teenagers, provided they fully understand the lifestyle and health changes that come with it and have a strong support system. While some people think bariatric surgery is the easy way out when it comes to losing weight, that's simply not true. The patient must make a lifelong commitment to supporting their body's needs following bariatric surgery, and that isn't always easy. For teens, several recent studies show that minimally invasive bariatric surgery, such as the gastric sleeve, is very effective. In these studies, the teens who underwent bariatric surgery lost an average of 25 percent of their body weight. … [Read more...] about Ask a Doctor: Should my teen have weight-loss surgery?
For severely obese people with type 2 diabetes, weight-loss surgery reduces the risk of having a heart attack or stroke by almost 40 percent over the course of five years when compared to standard diabetes treatment, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study also found that people who had the surgery were 67 percent less likely to die from any cause during the five years after their surgery. Because it was observational, the study can’t prove that the surgery was the direct cause of those better health outcomes. Still, the findings suggest, say the study’s authors, that weight-loss surgery should be part of the discussion that severely obese patients with diabetes have with their doctors about treatment options for their diabetes. “I was not surprised by the improvements in the heart attack and stroke, but I was pretty astonished at the magnitude of the drop in the mortality rate,” said Dr. … [Read more...] about Weight-loss surgery linked to lower risk of heart attacks and strokes in patients with type 2 diabetes