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Bariatric Surgery helped ‘cannot’ become ‘can do’ 

Life-saving bariatric surgery changed James Kintzer’s life, resolving hypertension and diabetes.  James was not always unable to do things. When his future wife Ioana met him, he fit her preference for stronger, bigger men.  “He could lift me on his shoulders like a sack,” she says. “I love him very much. I could see he was perfect.”  What she did …

Obesity Crisis

Guidelines for Weight Loss Surgery will Save Lives

In October, the National Institutes of Health’s 31-year-old guidelines for weight loss surgery were revised. The new guidelines expand patient eligibility for weight loss surgery.   The recommendations from 1991 for considering bariatric or weight loss surgery were for people with body mass index (BMI) of at least 40. Those with BMIs of 35 or more with one obesity-related condition such …

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‘Shoppable’ Medical Services

A federal government rule requiring hospitals to display their prices for “shoppable” medical services went into effect in January 2021. The rule, which doesn’t apply to outpatient settings like ours, aims to improve price competition by revealing how much procedures will cost. Ideally, the rule will help patients make informed decisions about their health care. At Surgical Healing Arts Center, …

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The Benefits of Weight Loss and Heart Disease

Patients who have bariatric surgery or weight-loss surgery can improve their heart health and reduce their risk for heart disease. In 9 out of 10 patients, weight-loss surgery can improve blood sugar and heart function. Surgery can lower blood pressure, cholesterol and reduce sleep apnea. Also, the American Heart Association supports weight-loss surgery for obese people who cannot lose weight …

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Support is the Key to Post-Bariatric Surgery Success

By Dr. Stephen Fleischer One of the critical elements for success of weight-loss surgery is post-bariatric surgery care. As a result, we are there for our patients as they make the decision to have life-saving surgery. After surgery, the Surgical Healing Arts team is committed to supporting our patients through lifetime lifestyle changes to ensure post-bariatric surgery success. Just some …

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The Health Impacts of Obesity

The health impacts of obesity are to the mind and body, resulting in a lower quality of life.  One study by the Rand Corporation shows that obesity has a higher link to chronic illnesses than living in poverty. The illness risk with obesity is much higher than smoking or drinking!  In addition, annual obesity-related healthcare costs in the United States are nearly $150 billion. That’s about …

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Obesity and Atrial Fibrillation

Obesity and atrial fibrillation (AFib) are related, and that is the bad news. The good news is that losing weight and weight loss surgery can improve AFib.  AFib is an abnormal heart rhythm where the heart is not getting the right signals to work properly. That means the heart is not pumping blood as it should. AFib is a type of arrhythmia that can cause a rapid, irregular heartbeat. Blood can pool …

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Healthy Weight Management Awareness Month

January, which follows two months of holiday eating, often results in promises to change. As a result, it’s no surprise that it is also Healthy Weight Management Awareness Month.  This new year also brings with it reported weight gain after months of quarantine and worry during the pandemic. The Center for Obesity Medicine and Metabolic Performance at UT Physicians attributes pandemic-related weight struggles to working …