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How Quickly Can You Get Bariatric Surgery?

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Many of our patients are excited when they decide bariatric surgery is the right option for their weight loss and future health. For most, it is a decision, years or even decades in the making. Many have tried and failed with diet after diet, finding themselves frustrated, regaining weight, and sometimes putting even more on. This weight loss, weight gain cycle can foster disappointment and eventually resign them to thinking that they are stuck with a lifelong weight issue and the diseases that come with it. It’s also important to acknowledge that the cost of bariatric surgery, whether using insurance or not, is significant and requires emotional dedication. There is a potential and major financial investment associated with weight loss surgery.

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The Difference Between TIF and Traditional Surgical Fundoplication

Before we get into a full comparison between TIF and traditional fundoplication, it is worth noting that fundoplication surgery has been exceptionally effective in the treatment of severe or uncontrolled GERD that has not responded to other lifestyle and medication interventions. The fundoplication has been the gold standard in reflux treatment for decades and continues to be used widely across the country and around the world. Millions of people have benefited from the immediate relief that fundoplication offers.

However, even the best procedures can be improved and the Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication or TIF is, in our opinion, an effective and less invasive option that gives many of the benefits of a traditional fundoplication without many of the risks including difficulty swallowing, gas bloat, difficulty eating and the possibility of an incisional hernia. Continue reading

Lucky Irish Cream Frozen Latte

Combining your daily coffee fix with a boost of protein kills two birds with one stone. Lucky for you, this Irish Cream frozen latte recipe is delicious and satisfying. This recipe serves two.

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Preparing for Your Consultation with Dr. Chang

Your first consultation with your bariatric surgeon is an exciting step toward a new and healthier life. Before we even get to the nitty-gritty of what you should bring or with questions you should ask, you should understand that taking this first step is no small feat and you should be very proud of yourself. One of the most common comments we get after the procedure is over is “why didn’t I do this sooner!” So you are well on your way.

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Strawberry Protein Waffles

Sometimes a protein shake makes for a convenient, quick breakfast. Other mornings a warm fluffy waffle hits the spot. Combine the two for a great breakfast option with strawberry protein waffles.

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Diets Versus Bariatric Surgery

Most overweight patients have tried to correct their weight with diet and exercise…usually multiple times.  There are hundreds of different diets.  In principle, a diet plan aims to reduce the caloric intake and/or increase the body’s ability to process certain food like fats and proteins. Most recently, the keto diet has dominated the headlines. 

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Pineapple Protein Whips

Light, fluffy and delicious, this recipe gives you a guilt free treat to enjoy while getting in an extra protein boost.

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Your Life Will Change After Bariatric Surgery

If you have reached the point of considering bariatric surgery, you realize you need a significant change. While bariatric surgery will certainly help you develop a healthier lifestyle that results in a lower weight, better physical appearance, and fewer medical issues, it is important that we stress a simple fact: Your life will most certainly change after surgery. Objectively, all of these changes will be positive, however as you experience them, you may perceive some as being very challenging.

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Berry Bark Protein Snacks

You may think frozen yogurt makes for a healthier treat than ice cream, which isn’t necessarily wrong, but what you find in a tub is often packed with sugar and offers little protein. This recipe makes your own frozen yogurt bark by using protein shake and Greek yogurt.

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The Relationship Between the Gastric Sleeve and Acid Reflux

It is estimated that 20 to 30 million people in the United States suffer from chronic acid reflux also known as GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease. It’s a shocking number that has led to compromised quality of life, long term PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitor) therapy, and a rise in esophageal cancer. For some, bariatric surgery may be the answer to losing weight and eliminating many of the effects of GERD. However, some bariatric procedures, including the gastric sleeve, may, paradoxically, cause or worsen existing acid reflux issues.

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