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How to Get off Wegovy/Ozempic & Zepbound/Mounjaro

May 16, 2024

Woman holding two weight loss injections in hand

All of us in the weight loss world understand the game changers that are GLP-1 receptor agonists like Wegovy / Zepbound, and their diabetes counterpart medications prescribed off-label for weight loss like Ozempic and Mounjaro. Millions more people now have access to these life-changing, and in some cases, life-saving drugs that can help them lose upwards of 20% of their excess body weight (though most will see less dramatic results). As we enter the second year of the “Ozempic craze,” where this drug went from relatively unknown to household names, they are still very popular and effective, but for many, the idea of how and when to stop them may be coming into view.

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When You Can Start Running After Bariatric Surgery

March 28, 2024

three hikers walking across a bridge while hiking in the mountains

Many of our bariatric surgery patients lose enough weight and have a significant improvement in their health and mood, and they feel invincible just a few months after bariatric surgery. This motivation often gets them through the difficult early months, but it is also a sentiment that can lead to overexertion and injury. Many of our patients look forward to running as their exercise of choice.

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Testosterone Replacement Therapy in the Bariatric Patient

March 14, 2024

Man in sunglasses hiking the woods looking off in distance

With the proliferation of health clinics around the United States and a multitude of online pharmacies, there has been a renewed fever-pitch discussion on testosterone and its effect on bodily function. Believe it or not, testosterone is necessary in both men and women, and both genders tend to lose some of this hormone as they age. As such, both men and women need to be aware of their testosterone levels, despite women only needing about 1/10 of the amount of testosterone required by men.

Let’s discuss a little bit more about the consequences of low testosterone.

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Multi-Day Water Fasting. Appropriate for Bariatric Patients?

February 29, 2024

Woman pouring water into glass from sink tap

It seems you can’t turn anywhere on the Internet without seeing information about newfangled diets and biohacking tactics. These have become discussion topics among podcasts and social media influencers within and outside the medical community. With all this information swirling on the Internet and reports of some people spending millions each year to stay “young” and healthy, what do we know works, and what is simply clickbait and a money-making tactic?

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Is a Smoothie Diet a Good Idea After Bariatric Surgery?

February 15, 2024

Blueberry smoothie in tall glass on countertop

Smoothies are a big part of many bariatric patients’ postoperative life. This is primarily because we need so much protein that we often can’t get enough from our meals alone. Protein shakes become a great way to fill that deficit while enjoying something that tastes Good and contains essential nutrients. Protein shakes are usually used as a supplement for a meal each day but can also be used to get over the protein hump outside of meals.

However, you may have heard about smoothie diets that many celebrities and laypeople alike have employed with varied success in losing weight and feeling better. Does a smoothie diet make any sense after a bariatric procedure, and can it get you over the hump to your final weight loss goals?

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Comparing Bariatric Procedures in 2024

January 25, 2024

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As we wrap up 2023 and enjoy the holidays, we quickly turn to the new year with a desire to improve our lives and health. Many of you may be considering bariatric surgery, especially with the advent of weight loss injections that have brought new light to the treatment of excess weight and obesity. If you have ever thought about bariatric surgery in the past, you may have some preconceived notions. With so much innovation over the past few years, we must revisit the most performed bariatric surgeries to help you understand what may be best for you.

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What Percentage of Stomach Do You Remove During a Gastric Sleeve?

January 11, 2024

Why is this the wrong question, and why does your surgeon answer it anyway?

The main goal of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss is to reduce hunger and caloric intake by removing most of the stomach and leaving a stomach tube or sleeve. Many patients ask, “What percentage of my stomach are you removing?” And often, they get a standard answer that ranges from 75% to 90%.

However, while many surgeons will say this to give the patient a general idea, the answer should be “It depends.” Furthermore, the right question should be, “What amount of stomach will be left behind?”

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Understanding Your Insurance Options During Open Enrollment

December 21, 2023

Open enrollment, as you may know, is a short window from the end of 2023 through the beginning of 2024. It allows patients to modify their insurance coverage to suit their needs according to their expectations for the upcoming year. While we can never be sure of our health status in the future, we likely have a good understanding of our health goals and have the opportunity to evaluate how medical and procedural options might fit into them. With this analysis and knowledge, we can approximate our medical insurance needs for the next year and choose a plan.

How exactly do we do that? And what plan might be best? If your plan is part of the insurance marketplace, you will have several options, from PPO to HMO and bronze to platinum. Understanding these options can help you best choose a plan.

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Preparing for Colder Weather as a Bariatric Patient

December 7, 2023

woman wrapped in scarf and winter jacket outside in winter weather

As the weather turns decidedly colder here in Las Vegas, we must understand how the many variables in our lives can affect our bodies and our continued weight loss. Undoubtedly, you’ve seen how seemingly obscure changes in lifestyle and circumstances can make a big difference in how we lose weight. The weather is similar. Let’s get into how to manage colder weather best so we can take advantage of it and maintain our weight loss or put it into high gear.

First, it’s important to note that you shouldn’t significantly modify your lifestyle or diet during cold weather without your doctor’s oversight. Also, if you have heart disease, cold weather can contribute to the temporary narrowing of arteries and blood vessels, exacerbating certain conditions. If you have any concerns about your health status, you should speak to your medical team to ensure your changes are appropriate for your medical circumstance.

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Does the Success of Weight Loss Medications Like Wegovy Mean I Don’t Need Bariatric Surgery?

November 27, 2023

Person with gloves holding weight loss injection

By now, anyone looking to lose weight has read up on a relatively new crop of weight loss drugs like Wegovy/semaglutide, which have shown excellent effectiveness in overweight and obese patients. By some accounts, weight loss in the range of 15-20% of total body weight loss has been achieved. This is incredibly impressive for a minimally invasive injection, and the results are consistent across a significant population of patients. Does that mean, however, that bariatric surgery is now obsolete?

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