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…)Posted in Bariatric Surgery | Comments (0)
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…)Posted in Bariatric Surgery | Comments (0)
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…)Posted in Bariatric Surgery | Comments (0)
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…)Posted in Bariatric Surgery | Comments (0)
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…)Posted in Bariatric Surgery | Comments (0)
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…)Posted in Bariatric Surgery | Comments (0)
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…)Posted in Bariatric Surgery | Comments (0)
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…)Posted in Bariatric Surgery | Comments (0)
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…)Posted in Bariatric Surgery | Comments (0)
As reported on March 26, 2012, in the New England Journal of Medicine, STAMPEDE, a recently released study, concluded that bariatric surgery resulted in better glucose control than medical therapy in severely obese patients with Type 2 diabetes. (more…)Posted in Bariatric Surgery | Comments (0)