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 […]

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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 […]

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Our Patients: Meet Carol

This was Carol on April 14, 2013. She weighed 225 pounds.   Carol had bariatric surgery and worked very hard. This is Carol less than 1 year later, weighing 124 pounds! Carol says, “I’m almost half the woman I once was. I feel AMAZING. Thank you Lord, from the bottom of my heart.” Learn more […]

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Do Commercial Weight Loss Programs Work?

Has your doctor recommended a weight loss program? Research has shown that patients advised to lose weight by their physicians dropped more pounds on average than those who didn’t receive a recommendation. It is certainly a promising finding, but it leaves the question of how overweight patients should go about losing weight? Should patients be […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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