A common misconception surrounding weight loss surgery is that it is a permanent fix. Although surgery can help patients lose weight at an otherwise faster rate than they would with diet and exercise, it will not keep the weight off forever—patients must maintain a healthy lifestyle. As a bariatric surgeon, I have seen many patients […]
The journey to weight loss surgery is long and requires a lot of effort, possibly even a lot of money, so regaining weight after surgery can feel entirely defeating. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, more than 50 percent of patients will end up regaining a small percentage of their excess body […]
If your insurance does not pay for weight loss surgery, the costs can become worrisome for you and your family. Medical bills are the third largest cause of debt in the United States, aside from divorce lawyer fees and job loss. With weight loss surgery being an elective procedure, it is easy to decide not […]
Over the last several years, a growing trend has been medical tourism, with many patients seeking bariatric surgery in Mexico. Yet, aside from the appropriate aftercare that we discussed in last week’s blog, traveling internationally for weight loss surgery carries a considerable risk for your health and your wallet. All surgeries carry a risk, and […]
At a cost of $15,000 to $20,000 for bariatric surgery, it’s no wonder that many Americans whose insurance does not cover weight loss surgery are seeking other options. Over the last several years, a growing trend has been medical tourism, with many patients seeking bariatric surgery in Mexico. The chance to save $10,000 or more […]
In the field of weight loss surgery, four standard bariatric procedures help patients lose weight and keep the weight off—the Gastric Band, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, and Duodenal Switch. In last week’s blog, we pointed out the critical differences between these procedures and highlighted some risks and benefits of each operation.
Weight loss surgery seems like a potentially radical or even a scary option for losing weight. However, when you take a closer look at the risks and benefits of bariatric surgery, most experts and patients usually conclude that the reward is much greater than the risks when the procedure is performed by an expert bariatric […]
Weight loss surgery is becoming a popular choice for many overweight and obese individuals. Within our own practice, we have seen a growth of over 30% in surgery volume when comparing 2019 to 2020.
As the obesity rate continues to rise in America and in other parts of the world, the prevalence of bariatric surgery has significantly risen as well. We saw this especially in our own practice as we grew 30% in surgery volume even during the year of COVID-19. Dr. Jacome, Dr. Hill and I wanted to […]
Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers produced by the endocrine system that regulate every function from breathing to eating and reproducing. In certain cases, an individual’s endocrine system will not function correctly, leading to a hormonal imbalance. When the hormones are out of whack, specifically for those weight-regulating hormones, it can make it harder to […]