Bariatric Surgeries are Up, But the Obesity Fight Continues

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to the number of weight loss surgeries performed in the United States. The good news: more Americans than ever are having bariatric surgery. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), over half a million people in the United States under went a […]

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New Guidelines Give Physicians Roadmap for Obesity Treatment

The November 2013 release of new guidelines for the management of overweight and obese patients by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Associates, and the Obesity Society is a significant step forward in fighting America’s obesity epidemic.

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Clinically Speaking: Something to celebrate: Bariatric surgery leads to healthier lives

In December, my partner, Dr. Jonathan Ray, and I have the opportunity to take part in something special – the Foothills Weight Loss Specialists and Blount Memorial Weight Management Center fashion show featuring bariatric surgery patients.

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Obesity is a Disease Now. But, Is this a Victory?

In June, the nation’s largest group of physicians, the American Medical Association, voted to recognize obesity as a disease. The decision could have broad implications for the approximately 90 million Americans who are considered obese.

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No More Diabetes: The Not-So-Secret Side Effect of Weight Loss Surgery

It’s not a new notion that bariatric surgery, especially gastric bypass, often puts patients’ diabetes into remission. It’s something that weight loss surgeons have long known by witnessing the phenomenon in their own patients.

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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Produces Results for Patients

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, also known as the gastric sleeve, was first introduced in 2005, and we’ve been performing the procedure since 2008. As of March 2011, we’ve performed 65 gastric sleeve procedures and are pleased with the results.

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Flying High after Weight Loss

Looking at Jill Mayfield today, you see an active, healthy and happy 47-year-old mother of two. It’s hard to believe that just 18 months earllier, this fit and trim lady had a difficult time fitting into an airline seat and fastening the seatbelt.

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A “Measure” for Weight Management Success

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or to maintain weight, Foothills Weight Loss Specialists now offers a customized way to gauge the number of calories you should consume in order to achieve success.

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Preparing for Bariatric Surgery

You’ve weighed your options and decided that weight loss surgery is best for you. So, what now? If you’re a Foothills Weight Loss Specialists patient, you’ll get a pre-operative behavioral plan designed to help ensure your weight loss success. The plan includes elements that will prepare your body and your mind for surgery. Here are […]

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The Steps to Surgery

This is the time of year when many people resolve to lose weight. If you’ve spent many years making – and failing to fulfill – that resolution, you may be considering bariatric surgery. You may also be wondering what steps are required to get you there. The following gives you a quick snapshot of what […]

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