Gastric Banding: What You Need to Know

There are two types of weight loss surgery procedures: malabsorptive and restrictive. A malabsorptive procedure reduces your body’s absorption of calories, protein and nutrients, but also decreases the amount of food intake at one time. It does this by shortening your digestive tract, thereby limiting the number of calories and nutrients that your body absorbs. Continue reading

Band, Sleeve, or Bypass: Which One is Best for Weight Loss?

In considering weight loss surgery for yourself, if you’ve heard of or read about different types of procedures, you may be asking yourself: Which one is best for weight loss? Rather than asking this question, the more important question you should be asking is: Which procedure is right for me? Continue reading

Lap Band Removal

While there are several options for bariatric weight loss surgery, on lap band surgery is reversible. In fact, lap band removal is pretty common. It’s also fairly easy to do.

Patients have their lap band removed for a number or reasons. Some feel they are not losing enough weight. Others suffer from pretty rare but uncomfortable side effects like nausea, stomach pain, swallowing problems or acid reflux. Still others have their bands slip out of place or erode, making them less effective. Continue reading

Energy Imbalance = The Cause of Obesity?

We’re hearing more these days that the American population is becoming overweight. Often times we hear the culprit being poor diet. But what else is leading to this trend? The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute may have the answer. The number one cause attributed to Obesity is what they call a Lack of Energy Balance. Continue reading

New Jersey Governor’s Lap-Band – What Do We Think?

It seems that Governor Chris Christie is inspiring people to lose weight! The New Jersey Governor recently underwent a Lap-Band procedure and his story has driven some South Florida residents to do the same. But how do we feel about the Governor’s choice to take weight loss surgery? Continue reading

Obesity Declared a Disease by AMA

Tuesday, the American Medical Association (AMA) declared obesity a disease. This declaration effectively defines over 100 million people as requiring treatment for obesity.

The AMA, made up of some of the nation’s leading physicians, took to voting after much debate on the cost/benefit of declaring this condition a disease. Would this help more affected patients get treatment, or would it stigmatize a condition with many causes and few fixes? Continue reading