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Patient Spotlight – Natalie

November 4, 2021

Not all the patients that we see are here for elective surgery. In fact, as part of his privileges, Dr. Tsuda must be on call at the hospital periodically. When we get the call, it’s usually something urgent. In fact, Natalie arrived at the hospital with potentially life-threatening diaphragm and […]

Bariatric Surgery Revisions and Conversions

July 5, 2021

When a patient gains weight after their primary bariatric procedure – usually several years after surgery, if ever, we evaluate whether it is simply a lifestyle issue, where the patient is not compliant with their post-operative lifestyle, or whether the procedure needs to be converted or revised to offer better […]

The Importance of a Pre-operative Psychological Evaluation

June 21, 2021

Many patients don’t realize the importance of their psychological evaluation before bariatric surgery and, in turn, do not take advantage of the professional assistance that they can receive. In fact, many patients believe that the need for a psychological evaluation means that there may be something wrong with them. That […]

How Much Does the Gastric Sleeve Cost?

May 10, 2021

Being that the gastric sleeve is the most popular bariatric procedure in the United States, many of our patients wonder exactly how much it will cost and unfortunately, the answer to that does vary. The variance is ultimately in how you intend to pay for surgery. A number of Nevada […]

A New Understanding Of Osteoarthritis

April 26, 2021

Obese patients are often told by their doctors that the extra weight they carry can contribute to osteoarthritis – a degenerative form of arthritis often caused by wear and tear on the joints. Decades ago, it was mostly middle to older age adults that experienced osteoarthritis, but the average age […]

Why Does Insurance Take So Long to Approve Bariatric Surgery

February 15, 2021

The insurance process can vary between patients and insurance companies…even policies, but rarely is the process a short one. First, patients and providers alike have to deal with insurance companies that are pressed for time and may not be able to handle requests in a timely manner. Unfortunately, this is just a […]

Tips To Prepare You For Your Bariatric Consultation

November 4, 2020

If you’re considering bariatric surgery and you’re waiting for your preliminary consultation at our office, congratulations! You’ve made an incredible first step toward changing your life and your health. Realizing that you may not be able to do it alone and confronting your weight issues head-on are not easy and […]

Alcohol and Bariatric Surgery

August 26, 2020

One of the simplest but most common phrases we tell our patients is “everything in moderation” and this also applies to alcoholic beverages. However, there are some hard and fast rules that must be understood in the immediate postop timeframe that can prevent serious complications and discomfort. First, it is […]

Mentally Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery

August 12, 2020

Many patients focus on the psychological adjustments they will have to make after surgery. After all, we are all having bariatric surgery in order to achieve goals; one of which is to improve our diet and general lifestyle over the long-term. As the typical patient understands, improving these parts of […]

When Is Weight Regain Normal? When Is It Problematic? After Bariatric Surgery

July 29, 2020

You may have had bariatric surgery after years if not decades of yo-yo dieting – losing a significant amount of weight only to gain it right back – sometimes even reaching higher weight heights than you had before. Weight regain, sadly, is a very normal part of an obese person‘s […]

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