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Yearly Archives: 2016

Courage…One reason why bariatric surgery isn’t “taking the easy way”

December 14, 2016

Doctor's office scale on gray background marks changing weight as a patient loses pounds after choosing bariatric surgery with Dr. Craig Chang

It takes a great deal of courage and humility to ask for help with your weight.  Weight is very personal and patients must “swallow their pride” and admit that their way of managing isn’t working.  Oftentimes, patients have tried for years to manage their weight and have failed more often than they have succeeded.  If they were successful, they wouldn’t be asking for anyone else’s help!

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Success rates with bariatric surgery

December 7, 2016

We have recently been able to extract data from our bariatric society (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery).  Our report showed that patients from our practice entered into bariatric surgery 3 BMI points lower than…our patients were smaller on the day of surgery.  However, they lost weight at a faster pace than the comparison group (the rest of the patients done elsewhere).  At 2 years post-op, our patients were 5 BMI points lower than the comparison group.

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Why most medical weight loss will fail…

December 5, 2016

I’ve heard that quite a few patients are doing medically supervised weight loss plans.

  1. When patients do temporary plans, they have temporary weight loss.
  2. When the diet stops, the patient is largely destined to regain weight. although this sounds like #1, it’s different. When you have to purchase foods or shakes or meal replacements, NO ONE will do this lifelong. Therefore they will only have temporary weight loss. The average American cannot afford the additional expense for a lifetime.
  3. Protein shakes as meal replacements don’t work. the feelings of fullness are partially generated by chewing your food. You will not get this from drinking a smoothie or drinking a protein shake.
  4. If the stomach is not properly filled, the patient stays in a starvation state. Studies of contestants from the Biggest Loser showed that their basal metabolic rate (BMR) went down by 25%. However, the same studay also showed that the BMR decreased with gastric bypass. The differences are the following…there was a smaller decrease with bypass and the calorie intake was lowered so much with bypass that patients were much more likely to keep weight off.
  5. Most patients I see for bariatric surgery have tried some gimicky medical weight loss plan…usually with Phentermine. If this really worked well, they would not be considering bariatric surgery!

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Does The Gastric Sleeve Cure Diabetes?

March 3, 2016

Before we start, it is important to understand the difference between a cure and remission of type-2 diabetes. There’s a big difference and we try to discuss results in terms of remission. After all, type-2 diabetes is a chronic disease that must be managed even if symptoms have disappeared and blood sugar is normalized. There is no cure.

We have known for years that bariatric surgeries have shown great promise in improving type-2 diabetes. This was largely due, we thought, to weight loss and patient lifestyle changes after surgery. However, the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass have been particularly effective in this regard, with many patients improving or going into remission before losing a significant amount of weight.

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Getting Healthier Before Bariatric Surgery

February 16, 2016

It may seem counterintuitive, but getting healthier and losing some weight before bariatric surgery can be very beneficial. One of the biggest roadblocks to a safe and effective surgery is generally poor health – a common byproduct of excess weight and poor dietary and exercise choices. In order to undergo the most successful surgery with the fewest possible complications, prospective weight loss surgery patients should try to ensure that they are in the best shape possible before undergoing the procedure.

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Our New Corpus Christi Location!

February 4, 2016

It is with great pleasure that we inform you that on February 12, 2016 we will open our doors in more spacious and comfortable surroundings.

Dr. Chang and the Advanced Bariatric & Surgical Specialists team is excited to serve more patients with bariatric and minimally invasive surgical care.

Our new address is:

Advanced Bariatric & Surgical Specialists

5826 Esplanade Drive, Suite 202
Corpus Christi, TX 78414

To schedule an appointment in our Corpus Christi office, we invite you to contact us. Our phone number has not changed and you can reach us still at (361) 570-8585. The new location is in the SleepRite Sleep Center.

Since we started doing business in Corpus Christi, your loyal support has helped us grow, and now we need more space to serve you better. The previous cramped working space and limited parking were unacceptable. We are happy to announce that we have found a great place to have clinic.

Sleep Apnea – Diseases Associated With Obesity

February 1, 2016

There is no shortage of diseases associated with excess weight and obesity. While some are very obvious – such as reduced movement and joint pain – others are more commonly found during routine checkups and blood work ups – like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. These silent diseases, with few outward or consistent symptoms can lead to serious follow-on disorders.

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This Month’s Thought

January 18, 2016

Here’s what I am learning this morning…Pride can be very destructive for me (or anyone).

For those of you who subscribe to other belief systems other than Christianity, just try to take the message…

Naaman (2 Kings 5: 1-15) was a man of influence who had leprosy (at that time, it was considered an incurable disease). His pride initially kept him from following very simple instructions to be healed. Fortunately, he listened to the people around him who cared for him (relinquishing his pride) and he was healed.

How often do I get caught up in my status, power, work, influence? That’s a question I need to keep asking myself to avoid the isolation that pride brings. Am I resistant the counsel of trusted people who have greater insight into my life? Am I really willing to admit my powerlessness over life and let other help me?

I think the antidote is a recognition of pride tendencies and adopting a humble spirit.  Admitting I am flawed and I need others to help me stay on track…this helps me keep my attitude in check.

~ Dr. Chang

New year resolutions

January 4, 2016

We all have made them. Most of us make our resolution and we might even put some thought into it. However, the vast majority of us don’t really follow through very well. Why is that? It’s human nature. We’re busy. Life is hectic. We have lots of other things that interfere with our new, improved way of life. After a couple months, we’re often back to the status quo (old way). How do we fix this? The answers are really quite simple.

  • Have concrete resolutions…if my resolution is to be healthier in 2016, this is vague. Make a much more concrete resolution like “I’m going to the gym 3x per week”…this is my goal.
  • Write it out and give it to someone who will check up on you…nothing beats accountability when it comes to lifestyle change. It’s kinda tough to hear “you need to get your butt moving” from your accountability friend (or person). When two people are focused on the goal, you don’t bear all the weight and responsibility.
  • Be realistic. “I’m going have abdominoplasty, breast lift and thigh plasty in 2016”…maybe too much and unobtainable.
  • Schedule…put it on your calendar like it’s a really important appointment. If it really needs to be changed in your life, doesn’t it deserve some ongoing dedicated appointment times to work on it?
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