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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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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.

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

Body Mass Index Considerations

August 7, 2014

The Body Mass Index, or BMI, has become the standard by which obesity and overweight is judged. Diets and exercise websites of all kinds use a BMI calculator to help their visitors understand if they have a problem with their weight. Even the FDA and bariatric surgeons use the BMI calculation as an estimation of a person’s surgical eligibility. It is important to remember however, that the BMI number is just a guide and it should not be taken as the final say on whether a person is suitable for weight loss surgery. In fact, the preoperative process to qualify someone for weight loss surgery is much deeper than just entering weight and height into a calculator.

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The Changing Landscape of Bariatric Surgery

November 20, 2013

Bariatric surgery has evolved significantly since the first procedure was performed several decades ago. As the obesity epidemic has spread in the United States, bariatric surgery has been an option for an ever greater number of people. To this point, the primary qualification criterion for bariatric surgery, According to the NIH (National Institutes of Health) guidelines has been the Body Mass Index or BMI. Those with a BMI of over 35 who also present obesity related diseases are considered candidates for any bariatric procedure. In short, bariatric surgery is for obese people.

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Welcome to Our Brand New Blog!

June 3, 2013

Dr. Craig Chang and the entire team here at our office are very proud to welcome you to our brand-new blog. This blog will be updated on a regular basis and is intended to inform you about the latest news in bariatric surgery as well as to offer you some tricks and tools to make your weight loss regimen more effective.

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