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Obesity and Diabetes: Major Healthcare Impacts

Obesity and Diabetes: Major Healthcare Impacts According to the CDC, 10.5% of the U.S. population has diabetes, with 26.8 million adults diagnosed and 7.3 million undiagnosed. That is just over one in 10 people! In addition, 34.5% of adults have prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar level is above normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed …

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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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BARIATRIC SURGERY AND HAIR LOSS

“Doc, I’m losing my hair?!” – I hear this often, and while hair loss after bariatric surgery can be very distressing, luckily it is only temporary. It can come as a surprise to patients that after going through this life changing surgery and starting to see the results of their work and lifestyle changes at around the two month mark, …

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I’ve had heartburn, regurgitation, and other GERD related symptoms for a long time and none of the medications seem to work for very long? Are there other options to treat my reflux?

There is a better way to manage these symptoms in patients who do not respond to medications in Southwest Florida.  It is called the LINX® Reflux Management System and it is an implant that helps keep acid in your stomach and out of your esophagus.  Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (a muscle connecting your …

With Obesity Growing Rapidly, Many Face Mortality Without Weight Management

Obesity worldwide has reached epidemic levels. 65% of the world’s population live in countries where they are more likely to die from obesity than malnutrition.  “For the first time in the history of the world more people will die from overeating than undereating this year,” declared former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  The Red Cross estimates there were 1.5 billion …

Q. What bariatric surgeries are covered by insurance in Fort Myers and Naples, FL?

Most insurance companies including Medicare and Medicaid will cover gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and other bariatric and general surgeries. Please keep in mind that while most insurances offer some sort of weight loss surgery coverage, your individual policy will include details of what is covered and what is not. Some policies exclude weight loss surgery all together. At Surgical Healing …

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Surgical Healing Arts Center Opens New Location in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla. (January 6, 2012) –Surgical Healing Arts Center, the bariatric practice of Dr. Moses K. Shieh, has relocated to 6150 Diamond Center Court, #1300 in Fort Myers. Conveniently located on Metro Parkway between Daniels Parkway and Ben C. Pratt Parkway, the new medical facility features over 4,100 square feet of space, including more exam rooms and a spacious reception area for patients.Surgical …

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Bariatric Surgery as a Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes

FT. MYERS, Fla. (June 6, 2012) – Two randomized clinical trials published in The New England Journal of Medicine demonstrate bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for type 2 diabetes in obese and morbidly obese patients, and suggest surgery should be considered sooner and more often for patients battling the twin epidemics of diabetes and obesity.Local bariatric surgeon, Dr. Moses Shieh …

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Surgical Healing Arts Center staying nimble by understanding the patient, Kelsey Vest, Practice Manager

Surgical Healing Arts Center staying nimble by understanding the patient, Kelsey Vest, Practice Manager Growth comes from within an organization, people change, not the organization itself. To continue to grow within the ever-changing world of healthcare we need to be present, ensure we are listening to everything around us, tap into the current surroundings and be mindful of what is …

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Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery Can Be a Life-Changer

Since 1994, there has been a significant increase in morbid obesity among adults and children in the U.S, and rates continue to remain high. In fact more than 35 percent of adults and about 17 percent of youngsters age 12 to 19 are medically diagnosed as obese. The incident of being extremely overweight led the American Medical Association to declare …