Dieting: As Effective as Bariatric Surgery?

November 28, 2012, by Mark A. Colquitt, MD, FACS, FASMBS

“I lost 50 pounds, but gained back 60” is a lament that I’ve heard more times than I can count.

If you fall into the category of morbidly obese (more than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight), chances are you have suffered through nearly every diet craze out there, hoping that each one will be your ticket to success. Rather than putting yourself through the emotional and physical turmoil of yo-yo dieting, consider having weight loss surgery. (more…)

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An Impetus for Change

October 24, 2012, by Mark A. Colquitt, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Lifelong Maryville resident Ron Martin remembers well the day he decided it was time to make a change and lose the weight that was crippling his health.

“My father died of congestive heart failure,” says Martin. “It was a very rough death and very traumatic for my mother, sister and me. The morning of my father’s death I promised my mother that if there was anything I could do to keep from dying that way I was going to do it. I made up my mind that morning I was going to lose weight.” (more…)

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Diabetes Fair Set for Nov. 5

October 3, 2012, by Mark A. Colquitt, MD, FACS, FASMBS

If you have diabetes, think you may have diabetes, or are at high risk of developing this disease, make plans now to attend the free Diabetes Services Fair in the Blount Memorial Hospital auditorium on Monday, Nov. 5, 6-7:30 p.m. (more…)

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Coach Sheds 130 Pounds through Gastric Banding

September 18, 2012, by Mark A. Colquitt, MD, FACS, FASMBS

As the Sequoyah High School football coach, patient Bill Satterfield has seen a lot of wins and losses in his career. When it comes to weight loss, his post-surgery success definitely puts him in the “win” column. (more…)

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Pregnancy after Weight Loss Surgery

August 29, 2012, by Robin Saunders, RN, BSN, CBN

Weight loss surgery is growing in popularity as a choice for people who have struggled with obesity for years. Some age-appropriate women are especially interested in the benefits it may offer in relation to fertility. A study in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing found that women with fertility problems linked to obesity who have weight loss surgery can start ovulating regularly for the first time in years. (more…)

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Medication Absorption after Bariatric Surgery

August 20, 2012, by Kristine Vanhoose, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner

Absorption of medications varies with each bariatric procedure. Those patients who have opted for the sleeve or gastric band are usually able to still absorb medications as they did prior to weight loss surgery as the small intestine remains unaltered. Those patients who have undergone the Roux-En-Y gastric bypass, distal bypass, or Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (commonly known as “the switch”) can have absorptive issues with many medications. (more…)

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Our Team Bolsters Our Patients’ Success

July 31, 2012, by Mark A. Colquitt, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Foothills Weight Loss Specialists patient and employee Melody Helms credits her weight loss success to the “tremendous team at Foothills.” As our patient advocate, she is able to work effectively with our patients to help them succeed, too. (more…)

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PM: Preventive Medicine

July 5, 2012, by Sarah Grimes RN, CBN

When most of us hear PM, we think evening, afternoon, work is almost over or fun some just starting, or bedtime. When my husband (a maintenance man) hears PM, he think Preventive Maintenance – keep things oiled, lubed, and running well, fix problems before they occur. In the health care system we now have PMs too – Preventive Medicine. (more…)

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Weight Loss Surgery is for Men, Too

May 22, 2012, by Mark A. Colquitt, MD, FACS, FASMBS

In our society, women tend to worry more about weight than their male counterparts. As demonstrated by the success of our patient Milton Cooper, weight management is equally important for men. And, as we often say, the health benefits of weight loss are much more important than a change in appearance.

When Milton Cooper of Maryville first came to our office, he was 39 years old and weighed 378 pounds. He first tipped the scales at over 300 pounds when he was only 18 and was diagnosed with diabetes about a year later. Cooper’s struggles with diabetes led his doctor to recommend weight loss surgery and ultimately brought him to us. (more…)

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Bariatric Surgery Brings Economic Benefits

May 15, 2012, by Mark A. Colquitt, MD, FACS, FASMBS

In prior posts, have discussed the fact that, for those who lose weight and maintain that weight loss, bariatric surgery can alleviate diabetes.

Despite the high cost of treating diabetes, some may wonder – health and lifestyle benefits of alleviating the disease aside – if the cost of bariatric surgery can be recouped. According to research by the Analysis Group, a firm with more than 500 professionals and offices throughout the country, the answer is, “Yes.” (more…)

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