An in depth look at gastric sleeve surgery & alternatives

Did you know that sleeve gastrectomy, also known as gastric sleeve surgery, is the most frequently performed bariatric procedure in the U.S.? It’s an option many of our patients at Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery choose as well.  To qualify for weight loss surgery, your body mass index (BMI) must be greater than or equal to…


Strategies for healthy eating during the holidays

It’s October, and the holiday season is upon us. It starts with Halloween with candy and treats galore. Then Thanksgiving. Then Christmas. It’s a lot: A lot of food, a lot of treats, a lot of parties and get-togethers. And all of that is okay, even for someone who has had weight loss surgery.  Sustained…


Gastric Bypass: Do You Meet The Requirements?

Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most common types of weight-loss surgery. It has a long history of success in the U.S., and this includes many patients of Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery.  While it does often sound like a great option to many, there are qualifications that each patient must meet in order to…


Everything you need to know about the gastric bypass procedure

If you are interested in pursuing bariatric weight loss surgery, you have probably heard of gastric bypass surgery (also called roux-en-Y gastric bypass). It is a great treatment option if you are dealing with weight-related health problems and hoping to lose weight and keep it off long-term. It is one of the most commonly performed…


Addressing weight regain with revisional weight loss surgery

A few years ago, you had bariatric surgery with successful results. It’s a great option for those suffering from excess weight and obesity. But now? Well, life happens. For even the best patients, it’s hard to continue a strict diet and exercise routine. Things change, and your anatomy may change as well. It is possible…


Everything you need to know about gastric bypass surgery

  Carrying excess body weight takes a toll on you, not just physically, but mentally as well. The longer you stay overweight, the higher your risk for developing life-threatening, weight-related health problems. For many, diet and exercise alone are not enough to shed the excess body fat. Because of the increased health risks associated with…


The four stages of the post-op gastric sleeve surgery diet

  Gastric sleeve surgery drastically reduces the size of your stomach, leaving it a fraction of its original size. A smaller stomach means a stricter diet. In order to allow your stomach to properly heal and adjust, you will be required to follow a post-op diet plan that can be broken down into four stages. …


What to expect during gastric sleeve surgery recovery

  You’ve done your research, picked your surgeon, decided on your weight loss procedure and you’re officially scheduled for surgery – but do you know how much time you’ll need to take off from work? What about childcare? Will you need the help of a family member or loved one the first few days post-op? …