Bariatric surgery can be life-changing in many ways, and it offers a chance for patients to restore their confidence as well as their health. That said, some effects of weight loss surgery are less well-received, and one of the most common is hair loss. Hair loss following bariatric surgery can occur for a number of reasons, but in the majority of cases, the effect is temporary. The cause of temporary hair loss after weight loss surgery typically results from a response to anesthesia or due to the severe calorie reduction that follows treatment. This type of hair loss is known as telogen effluvium and is usually a short-term condition. Depending on your risk for hereditary hair thinning and loss, regrowth may be complete or partial after a few to several months. Many hair restoration options now exist that may help regrow hair that was shed during the recovery period without returning. That said, most patients find this effect a minor bump on the road to a healthier, happier life. If you have any questions about hair loss following weight loss... Read More
Most bariatric patients hope to have a single procedure to address their concerns, but in some cases a second surgery may be necessary. The reasons for this can vary, and your options for revision weight loss surgery will also depend on the technique originally used and the goal of the second surgery. If you think you may need revisional bariatric surgery, our extensively trained and board-certified weight loss surgeons can help you identify the problem and develop a customized solution that optimizes your results. Some of the reasons patients may need revision bariatric surgery include: Complications stemming from the initial procedure Insufficient weight loss Excessive weight loss Preference for another weight loss technique The final possibility, preference for another weight loss technique, is quite uncommon, but is often expressed in combination with another issue, such as insufficient weight loss or complications. During your initial consultation, we will review your results, discuss your desired outcome, go over your lifestyle habits, and provide guidance as to the next step in your care. Talk to us today for more information.
Healthcare can be confusing and expensive, and if you’re seeking bariatric surgery, usually there are a number of requirements to complete and “hoops” to jump through before you can have it. As a result, many people look into crossing the border for their weight loss procedure; however, patients should be very cautious about traveling to foreign countries for this type of operation. Once surgery is complete, the real work begins. The recovery period is an important part of achieving the results you are seeking. Healing, overall progress, and bariatric support programs will continue well after you have returned to the US, so checking in with your physician, monitoring your experience, and providing excellent care and treatment become far more difficult from a distance. Furthermore, should you need urgent care, it may be difficult or impossible for you to see your operating physician. It’s also important to remember that patients who are obese often have weight-related medical conditions that make flying and traveling by other means more complicated or unwise. Your health, comfort, and results should remain primary concerns throughout treatment.... Read More
We understand that many people lead busy lives, and making time for weight loss support groups can be difficult. One of our priorities is to make our meet-ups and informational sessions as accessible and convenient as possible. To this end, we have added an additional monthly group meeting to our roster. You can now learn more about the bariatric surgery process, from start to finish, on the fourth Monday of each month as well as the second Wednesday each month. The times for both meetings are the same: 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM. We hope the addition of this second time slot increases your ability to visit with us. Weight loss is a lifelong commitment, and the more personal and professional support you have the better the chances of succeeding in your goals. Once again, support group meetings will be held: Every Fourth Monday of the Month From 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Every Second Wednesday of the Month From 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office. We hope to... Read More
Gastric banding can be a very effective way to lose excess weight and enhance your health. That said, in some instances a patient may not lose as much weight as their bariatric surgeon expected or the device may not be right for them in another way. Although complications are rare, they can include band erosion, port infection, band intolerance, or band slippage. These conditions may call for the band to be adjusted, removed, or replaced. Again, complications are unlikely to happen; however, should something merit removal of the gastric band, it can be done. In fact, the band was designed to be completely reversible. The gastric banding procedure can be taken out by removing the device through the same small, laparoscopic incisions used to place it initially. Recovery should be similar to when the band was inserted. Our experienced bariatric team will help you determine if another weight loss technique can optimize your goals, and which approach is ideal for you based on your unique characteristics. Want to learn more about gastric banding or find out if weight loss surgery... Read More