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What Are the Pros and Cons of Lap-Band Surgery for Obesity?

Obesity surgery may result in substantial weight loss and even correction of such diseases as diabetes and high blood pressure. This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the one of the operations, lap-band surgery. ...(more)

Know the Risks of Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery is a major, life-changing operation. It's important to know all the risks as well as the benefits before making a decision. This type of operation can make a huge difference to your overall health, but the risks can be catastrophic. Read on to learn what you might be up against....(more)

Risk Factors and Common Complications of the Sleeve Surgery

Sleeve surgery is also known as bariatric surgery. It is a surgical weight loss procedure usually performed on individuals who are severely obese and have been unsuccessful in most weight loss attempts. This surgery can be a last resort for those who have already tried using medicine, diet restrictions, and exercise programs. Eligible candidates for the sleeve surgery procedure must have a minimum Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or above. A weight problem of about 80 pounds for women and 100 pounds for men are therefore the set minimums for the surgery to be performed. Though it can be beneficial to patients, like any other weight loss procedure, bariatric surgery has its own side effects, risk factors, and complications too....(more)

Is VSG Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?

Obesity is an eating disorder that is prevalent in the United States, caused by a poor lifestyle. This is one of the causes of increased costs of healthcare. However, this can be reversed through the use of a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) weight loss surgery, an irreversible laparoscopic surgery that reduces the size of the patient's stomach by up to 85 percent. This is a restrictive type of surgery which limits the amount of food intake before satiation....(more)


The Differences Between a Real OR and a TV Show OR

In this article, what television shows get right and what they get wrong are explained by a surgeon....(more)

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine: An Overview

A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or DO, is a fully licensed physician. DOs share many commonalities with MD (Doctor of Medicine) physicians--both undergo 4 years of medical school education, pass state licensing exams, and complete residencies and post-graduate fellowships....(more)

The Career Path of a Doctor

When you choose to become a doctor, you are choosing to make a commitment to your education as well as your career. You will be faced with some hard choices in terms of the type of doctor you want to be or the school you want to attend. Some families have a legacy of doctors that go to certain schools. You will also need to consider how to pay for your education. Either way, it will take many years of schooling and training to become the kind of doctor you want to be....(more)


Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery: Details, Procedures and Risk

Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that is often done as an alternative to open surgery. It involves the use of a laparoscope, a thin instrument that allows doctors to examine the interior of the body. Surgeons often recommend this approach because it offers fewer risks of complications. The following is an overview of the procedure....(more)

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Procedure and Recovery

Hysterectomy refers to the surgical removal of a woman's uterus, sometimes along with the cervix. There are many ways to perform this procedure. Laparoscopic hysterectomy is one of them....(more)

Tips for Recovery After Lap Chole

Lap chole, the shorthand term for laparoscopic cholecystectomy, is a type of gallbladder removal surgery. Surgeons make small incisions in your abdomen and insert a tiny video camera into one of the incisions. They then use the video feed to remove your gallbladder through the other incisions. Lap chole recovery is similar to other types of surgical recovery: It requires rest, pain medication and general monitoring for signs of infection or other complications....(more)

James E. Barone has been a surgeon for 40 years and was a surgical department chairman and residency program director for over 23 of those years. He is board-certified in general surgery and surgical critical care and re-certified in both several times. He retired from clinical practice in November of... Read More

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