Diabetes is Costly – How Much Patients Pay

Type 2 diabetes, which is closely tied with obesity, is a costly disease. Diabetes patients spend an average of $6,000 annually on costs for treating their disease, according to a recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports Health. The cost includes doctor visits, monitoring supplies, medicines, annual eye exams and other routine expenses. This figure, large […]

Read more

Our Patients: Meet Buz and Lauren

Occasionally our patients make the decision to have bariatric surgery as a couple. Meet Buz and Lauren. They came to Chattanooga Bariatrics in 2001. Each had bariatric surgery, and here they are after losing a total of 320 pounds! Congratulations to a beautiful couple, on their success and determination together. Would you like to meet […]

Read more

Joint Replacement Can be Improved by Bariatric Surgery

According to a presentation given at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference, 2 studies indicate that bariatric surgery before a joint replacement operation may substantially improve outcomes for patients. Although this is new research in the area of joint replacement specifically, we have seen previous research on the association between weightloss and reduced orthopedic problems. […]

Read more

Is It as Simple as “Just Eating Less”?

Almost any person who struggles with excess weight has been told time and again that they “just need to eat less and exercise more”. This advice, whether it comes from family or strangers or even healthcare providers, is a frustrating oversimplification of a problem many don’t understand. There’s good reason to be weary of hearing […]

Read more

Cancer Experts’ Statement on Obesity

Did you know that obesity is positioned to outrank smoking as the leading preventable cause of cancer? Experts believe that it could be just years away. In addition to an increased risk of cancer, obesity can also have an impact on one’s chance of surviving certain cancers. One study found that being overweight or obese may contribute to […]

Read more

Lap Band: Have You Seen “It Fits”?

Have you seen the new “It Fits’ video? It features people finding those small moments in their day when something new – or old – fits after they’ve lost weight with bariatric surgery. Often we hear that it IS those seeming small moments, that mean so much. Sliding on your wedding right that’s been too […]

Read more

New Study Results: Promising for Those with Type 2 Diabetes

The findings of a study from the Cleveland Clinic show promising long-term results for weight loss surgery patients with type 2 diabetes:  three years after having gastric sleeve or gastric bypass procedures, most patients maintained control of the disease and were no longer dependent on diabetes medication. Ninety to ninety-five percent of the patients who had […]

Read more

Our Patients: Meet Tyler

Meet Tyler. Here he is before he had bariatric surgery with us in 2011. He had lap band (adjustable gastric band) surgery in September of 2011. Here is Tyler, after losing 153 pounds!   Great job Tyler – we’re so proud of your hard work and success. Want to meet another patient? Here is Mallory’s story and Susan’s […]

Read more

Lap Band for Lower BMI Patients: New Study

Much research has been done on the positive association between bariatric surgery and improvement or remission of diabetes. While the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass are very effective treatments, these procedures are generally reserved for obese patients only. However, there has been some research on the potential for the gastric band to be used on […]

Read more

Large Study Shows Long Term Success of 3 Bariatric Procedures

If over 160,000 bariatric surgery cases were reviewed, what would the results show? Researchers answered that question with a new study they published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) last week. They analyzed data from many different studies to look at success rates in terms of weight lost, safety, and comparison of different […]

Read more

Our Patients: Meet Phil

Meet Phil. In August 2013 he weighed 389 lbs. They called him Philly G….. Exactly 6 months after the LapBand they now call him SKINNY G! Congratulations Phil on losing 137lb in just 6 months! All of us at Chattanooga Bariatrics are so proud of Phil’s hard work and accomplishments. Want to meet another patient? […]

Read more

Weight Loss Surgery: Not a Last Resort

Weight loss surgery procedures have evolved over the past two decades, and are safe and effective treatments for obesity. Not only does weight loss surgery (or “bariatric surgery”) help induce weight loss, but also improves metabolic conditions. Many patients with diabetes who undergo surgery, such as the gastric sleeve or Lap-Band, experience improvement in their condition, […]

Read more