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Jul
11
2011

What’s the Story on the hCG diet?

Unfortunately, most people on the ‘hCG diet’ are unaware of what they are actually taking, and do not know the …

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Dec
01
2010

Can I get pregnant after Bariatric Surgery?

Definitely!  In fact, your weight loss will provide a far greater chance for becoming pregnant, and carrying a fetus to …

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Nov
01
2010

Did my band slip?

After gastric banding, a very small percentage of patients will have a band slip, sometimes referred to as gastric prolapse. …

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Oct
01
2010

Why does my shoulder hurt after surgery?

Shoulder pain following surgery is usually “referred” pain, or pain that originates in a different part of the body. …

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Sep
16
2010

Is it time for plastic surgery?

The timing of body-contouring (plastic/reconstructive) surgery is truly a personal decision; however, a few important facts may help to guide …

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Aug
19
2010

Is my band too tight?

The gastric band promotes weight loss by limiting your food and calorie intake, but it can become too tight.  You …

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Aug
06
2010

How will I know when it’s time for a band fill?

The gastric band is designed to make you feel full from smaller portions, and to feel full for a longer …

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Sep
14
2009

Will I lose my hair following Bariatric Surgery?

Alopecia, or hair loss, can occur from any type of rapid weight loss. As your body loses weight, it “starves” for protein. If you do not supply enough protein in your diet, your body will begin to “take” protein from natural storage sites – mostly, your hair, nails, and muscle.

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Jul
30
2009

What is dumping syndrome, and how common is it?

Dumping syndrome occurs in early and late forms of weight loss surgery. Early dumping syndrome occurs approximately 20 to 30 minutes after a meal, and may cause nausea, cramping, diarrhea, sweating, or dizziness. Late dumping syndrome occurs 2 to 3 hours after eating, and is far less common. Symptoms may include nausea, cramping, or diarrhea.

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Jul
24
2009

Should I feel hungry after Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (LAGB) surgery?

At first, some weight loss surgery patients experience hunger that is similar to before the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (LAGB) was placed. As your Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (LAGB) is “filled,” and you experience greater “restriction,” your body will get used to your decreased caloric intake. Within a few to several weeks from surgery, this hunger routinely vanishes. For Lapband surgery patients still experiencing significant hunger, I have found that it is commonly caused by eating too fast. The pouch fills too quickly, the restriction is inappropriate, and soon after eating your body craves additional calories. By slowing down considerably, you will maximize the beneficial effect of restriction and take in the appropriate amount of food. This will control your hunger.

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