Protein Shakes

I have often been asked by patients how much protein is adequate for bariatric surgery. Our post-op resource guide details our recommendations, but I am often faced with the question, “How much protein do I need?” and “What protein shake should I drink?”

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The Goals of Weight Loss Surgery

The vast majority of morbidly obese adults have struggled with weight most of their lives. The memories of childhood taunts are still fresh on their minds. As adults, they may face disapproval from family and friends, sneers and negative remarks from strangers, and discrimination at work. For these people, cosmetic issues may be the impetus […]

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Melanoma: Are You at Risk?

In 1995 the American Academy of Dermatology designated the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday to raise awareness of this potentially fatal skin cancer and to encourage early detection. Early detection is critical. According to the American Cancer Society, when detected at Stage I, its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate for melanoma is […]

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American Heart Association Recognizes Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

In 2010, the American Diabetes Association published their position statement that said in part, “Bariatric surgery should be considered for adults with a BMI of 35 and above with Type 2 diabetes, especially if the diabetes is difficult to control with lifestyle and pharmacologic therapy.” In March 2011, the American Heart Association issued a scientific […]

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Another Premier First: New Technology Means Better Outcomes for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Patients

Recently I was the first surgeon in East Tennessee to implant the Talent Thoracic Stent graft in a procedure performed at Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s in Knoxville. The Talent graft has enabled more rapid recovery and better post-surgery quality of life for thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) patients. This procedure was part of the VITALITY […]

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