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3 Things that Surprise Patients the Most After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

While it’s no surprise that many aspects of your life change after having gastric sleeve surgery, there are many “good surprises” our patients often tell us about. From looking at food in a whole new light to fewer cravings for unhealthy foods, here are a few things you might experience after having gastric sleeve surgery.

 

3 Surprises We Often Hear from Our Gastric Sleeve Patients

#1 They’re satisfied after eating only a small amount. Before having gastric sleeve surgery, patients are often concerned that they won’t feel satisfied after a meal because they’re not able to eat as much. Though this is understandable, many of our post-surgery patients tell us this isn’t a problem. While they can still eat what they’re family’s eating for dinner, they just don’t eat as much, and they’re totally satisified.

#2 They’re cravings are different, or non-existent. While many patients had cravings for unhealthy foods prior to surgery, we often hear them tell us they no longer crave those foods near as much, if at all. For many, it’s not uncommon to feel “out of sync” from eating sugary or processed foods once you’ve begun incorporating healthier foods into your diet.

#3 They look at food differently. Many who come into our office have a different outlook on food after gastric sleeve surgery. While before they may have looked to food for comfort, they now view it as a means to survive. Having a goal for each meal, whether that’s to get in protein or nutrients, makes them realize the importance of eating the right foods.

At Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery, we work to educate our patients on the surgery itself as well as life after surgery. We want them to be as prepared as possible to ensure they’re going to truly be happy with whatever surgery they go with. At the same time, every patient is different and has their own unique experiences post-surgery, but often we find these surprises end up being good ones that contribute to their overall health and wellness.

Discuss Your Weight Loss Surgery Resolutions at Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery Today

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese.  And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years.  Visit us today at https://www.bmisurgery.com/ or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.

3 Things that Surprise Patients the Most After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

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While it’s no surprise that many aspects of your life change after having gastric sleeve surgery, there are many “good surprises” our patients often tell us about. From looking at food in a whole new light to fewer cravings for unhealthy foods, here are a few things you might experience after having gastric sleeve surgery.

3 Surprises We Often Hear from Our Gastric Sleeve Patients

#1 They’re satisfied after eating only a small amount. Before having gastric sleeve surgery, patients are often concerned that they won’t feel satisfied after a meal because they’re not able to eat as much. Though this is understandable, many of our post-surgery patients tell us this isn’t a problem. While they can still eat what they’re family’s eating for dinner, they just don’t eat as much, and they’re totally satisified.

#2 They’re cravings are different, or non-existent. While many patients had cravings for unhealthy foods prior to surgery, we often hear them tell us they no longer crave those foods near as much, if at all. For many, it’s not uncommon to feel “out of sync” from eating sugary or processed foods once you’ve begun incorporating healthier foods into your diet.

#3 They look at food differently. Many who come into our office have a different outlook on food after gastric sleeve surgery. While before they may have looked to food for comfort, they now view it as a means to survive. Having a goal for each meal, whether that’s to get in protein or nutrients, makes them realize the importance of eating the right foods.

At Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery, we work to educate our patients on the surgery itself as well as life after surgery. We want them to be as prepared as possible to ensure they’re going to truly be happy with whatever surgery they go with. At the same time, every patient is different and has their own unique experiences post-surgery, but often we find these surprises end up being good ones that contribute to their overall health and wellness.

Discuss Your Weight Loss Surgery Resolutions at Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery Today

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese.  And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years.  Visit us today at http://www.bmisurgery.com/ or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.

Weight Loss Surgery and Diabetes: What You Need to Know About Gastric Bypass

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When determining which weight loss surgery is going to be right for you, there’s most definitely a lot to learn and a range of factors to consider. While gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and the LAP-BAND each offer their own unique benefits, for those who are obese and have poorly controlled diabetes, there’s one that deserves a closer look, and that’s the gastric bypass procedure.

Since we now have countless studies proving gastric bypass has the ability to cure type 2 diabetes, this is often the best option for many who’ve been unable to get their diabetes under control.

Gastric Bypass: A Proven Cure for Diabetes

With excess body fat being one of the main contributors to type 2 diabetes, weight loss surgery is recognized as the most effective treatment among affected individuals with a BMI of 35 or more.

According to the American Society for Metbolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS):

  • 95% of patients see an improvement in type 2 diabetes after gastric bypass surgery
  • 80% of patients with type 2 diabetes experience remission after gastric bypass surgery

Simply looking at the rates at which diabetes has been cured or improved through gastric bypass gives many hope in finding the cure they’ve been searching for.

The Importance of Curing Diabetes As Soon As Possible

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Center of Disease Control, reducing life expectancy by a startling 12 to 14 years. This is exactly why it’s so important to seek treatment for complete remission or improvement as soon as possible.

Through gastric bypass, you’ll dramatically increase your chances of achieving normal blood sugar levels and eliminate the need for diabetes medications. This alone has ability to help you take control of your health and once again, live your life to the absolute fullest.

Learn More About Gastric Bypass for Diabetes at Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery Today

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese.  And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years.  Visit us today at http://www.bmisurgery.com/ or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.

How Bariatric Surgery Patients Can Use These Top 4 New Year’s Resolutions To Stay Healthy in the New Year

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During the holidays, sometimes even despite our best efforts, many of us find ourselves getting off track with our healthy habits. While this can be discouraging, we like to see the quickly-approaching New Year as a prime opportunity to restore those good habits or even take them to the next level.

Especially for those who recently, or not so recently, had weight loss surgery, it’s important to keep up with healthy habits that contribute to maintaining or getting back to an ideal weight.

Top 4 New Year’s Resolutions for Bariatric Surgery Patients

#1 Begin or ramp up your workout routine.

Even after weight loss surgery, the key is to remember that there’s still work to be done when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, and a big part of that is exercising. Even if you struggle with joint or knee pain, use the New Year as an opportunity to discover the endless ways to get in a low-impact workout, or seek out a new, exciting routine that you look forward to completing each day.

#2 Eat proper portion sizes and nutrient-dense foods.

Again, while weight loss surgery isn’t a miracle cure, it’s essential to keep your portion sizes smaller and loaded with nutrient-packed foods. Since you’re eating less than you use to, it’s crucial to ensure you’re getting as many nutrients as possible. Now that the holidays are almost over, this is the perfect time to remember how great and energized your body feels when eating the right foods.

#3 Get involved in a support group.

If you aren’t already a member, it’s time to join a support group. We’ve seen this be a huge motivator and predictor of long-term weight loss with our patients, and that’s why we encourage everyone to get the support they need for as long as possible. Whether through our Facebook support group, Saints for Wellness, or other online or in-person groups, there are plenty of options when it comes to finding one you really enjoy being a part of.

#4 Share your story with others.

Once you’ve hit your ideal weight after bariatric surgery, it’s time to tell your story to those you feel confident and comfortable sharing it with. Not only can it help you practice what you preach, but you can encourage others to live a healthier lifestyle. Whether it’s through an online testimonial or talking one-on-one with a friend, inspiring others can do wonders for your mental and physical health. 

As the New Year creeps in, we encourage you to take the time to recenter, set attainable goals, and get ready to accomplish those goals with a positive attitude and wholehearted commitment. Losing weight and/or maintaining a healthy weight is something to be proud of, and 2019 is a fresh start to continue doing just that.

Discuss Your Weight Loss Surgery Resolutions at Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery Today

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese.  And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years.  Visit us today at http://www.bmisurgery.com/ or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.

How the LAP-BAND System Offers Bariatric Surgery Patients Fewer Risks and Side Effects

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Gastric band flat icons concept. Vector illustration. Element template for design.

Choosing the right weight loss surgery isn’t always easy. You want to choose the one that’s A) Going to help you lose weight, B) Not going to restrict you to the point where you’d be unhappy, and C) Going to be worth the risks.

With any surgery, even a minimally invasive one, there’s going to be some degree of risks involved, but it’s important to have a thorough understanding of these risks before making any decisions.

While the most common bariatric surgeries include the LAP-BAND, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass, they each have their own unique advantages, but for many, the LAP-BAND is the perfect surgical weight loss solution.

The LAP-BAND System: Fewer Risks and Side Effects

If fewer risks and side effects are at the top of your list when choosing a weight loss surgery, you should know the LAP-BAND offers a variety of benefits when compared to other procedures, and we’ve listed out some of the major advantages below.

  • Lower mortality risk than other weight loss surgery procedures. Both total complications and mortality rate are extremely low for the LAP-BAND with a mortality rate of only 0.1%, according to Obesity News Today.
  • Low risk of nutritional deficiencies like those associated with gastric bypass. Though having its own unique benefits like the ability to cure diabetes, patients that have the gastric bypass procedure are required to be on nutritional supplements for life due to the malabsorption of food. With the LAP-BAND, you’re not changing the anatomy of the stomach, therefore, food and nutrients will continue to be properly absorbed into the body.
  • Reduced risk of hair loss. Since this typically occurs as a result of a nutritional deficiency, hair loss is much more common with other weight loss procedures. Of course, there can be other factors that may increase these chances, such as psychological stress or hormone disruption.
  • No “dumping syndrome” related to dietary intake restrictions. Dumping syndrome occurs when the food passes too quickly to the lower intestine, but because the anatomy isn’t changed during the procedure, this is unlikely to occur in LAP-BAND patients.

Other Advantages of the LAP-BAND

Along with fewer risks and side effects, there are also some other major advantages of going with the LAP-BAND with the main one being the fact that it’s adjustable. Without the need for additional surgery, you can have the band adjusted to better meet your needs and weight loss goals. At the same time, patients also take comfort in the fact that it’s reversible, and if the patient wishes, the stomach can be restored to its original form and function.

It’s also one of the more cost-effective procedures, being about $2,000 less than the gastric sleeve.

With the average patient losing 30-40% of their excess body weight within two years, there’s no doubt this procedure is effective and can help you restore and maintain your health for years to come.

Find More Information on the LAP-BAND System at Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery Today

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese.  And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years.  Visit us today at http://www.bmisurgery.com/ or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.

The Differences in the Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, and the LAP-BAND and Which One Is Right for You

By Caitlin Hastings, Physician Assistant

Patients often come to Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery wanting the least invasive surgery possible, and while this is completely understandable, the fact is, all of our weight loss surgery options are, well, minimally invasive. With the gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and the LAP-BAND being the most common of the weight loss procedures, each is done laparoscopically, requiring only 4-6 tiny incisions and less than 2 hours in the operating room.

Another factor that patients often overlook is how insurance plays a major role in choosing which weight loss procedure is best for them. While many insurance companies require a certain BMI for different surgeries, this can often dictate which ones are covered. On the other hand, for those paying out of pocket, the cost of the procedure often plays a major role. Take a closer look at the most common weight loss surgeries below to get a better understanding of which one might be right for you.

The Gastric Sleeve Procedure

During gastric sleeve surgery, we’re basically cutting away the top and largest part of the stomach called the fundus. This is where the hunger hormone, ghrelin, lives, and that’s why we often hear our post-surgery patients say they’re never hungry. Along with eliminating this hunger hormone, we’re also removing about 2/3 of the stomach, which is why these two combining factors lead to significant weight loss.

 

Who’s a good candidate for gastric sleeve?

Those using insurance to cover the procedure must have a minimum BMI of 35 to 40, along with various comorbidities like diabetes, sleep apnea, or heart disease or a BMI > 40 with or without comorbidities. While the sleeve is great for anyone that meets these requirements, patients that have severe acid reflux disease aren’t going to be good candidates since this procedure has shown to be acid inducing.

What are the benefits of the sleeve as opposed to other weight loss surgeries?

Compared to other weight loss surgery options, the sleeve is definitely a simpler procedure. We’re not rerouting the intestines like we do during the gastric bypass, and we’re not putting in a foreign body like we do with the LAP-BAND. It’s a quick procedure where we’re literally stapling the stomach and cutting 2/3 of it away, leaving the patient with a very small banana-sized stomach.

Gastric Bypass Procedure

With the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, we create a very small stomach pouch that restricts food intake. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch that allows food to bypass the lower stomach, the duodenum (the first segment of the small intestine), and the first portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine).This ultimately reduces the amount of food you can take in because you have a very small stomach that holds about one to two ounces. At the same time, we’re decreasing the absorption of food and nutrients, which also aids in the weight loss.

 

Who’s a good candidate for gastric bypass?

The bypass is usually a better option for our heavier patients because most will lose up to 80% of their excess body weight as opposed to about 60% with the sleeve. It’s also going to be the better option for anyone with severe acid reflux or poorly controlled diabetes since the bypass has proven to cure both.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of gastric bypass?

The gastric bypass is technically considered reversible, but we never want to reverse this procedure because you will gain all of your weight back. After surgery, you do have to be on nutritional and vitamin supplements for life because of the malabsorption of food. For patients with more weight to lose and more comorbidities, like sleep apnea, high blood pressure and/or diabetes, gastric bypass really is going to be a better procedure overall with more rapid weight loss.  

A lot of people are afraid of the bypass because they think it’s a much more “invasive” procedure, but it’s really not. It’s about the same amount of incisions, 6 versus 5, and it’s still done completely laparoscopically. It’s just a little more labor intensive because we’re changing the anatomy.  

The LAP-BAND Procedure

During this procedure, we place the LAP-BAND, a foreign body made of a special material, near the top of the of the stomach where it meets the esophagus. This creates a very small pouch that empties into the larger remaining portion of the stomach. The band is connected to a port, which is underneath the skin of the abdomen, and this port how we put fluid in the band, allowing us to make the band opening larger or smaller in size, giving the patient more or less restriction.

 

Why choose the LAP-BAND?

Many patients prefer the LAP-BAND because they don’t want anything permanent done, and with the LAP-BAND were not changing the anatomy of the stomach…so it’s completely reversible. We can always go in and take the LAP-BAND out if the patient chooses to do so.

Another reason patients prefer the LAP-BAND, especially those paying out of pocket, is because it’s about $2,000 less than a sleeve…so it’s one of our more cost effective procedures.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the LAP-BAND?

The LAP-BAND isn’t necessarily an overnight fix. We have to find that “happy place” where the patient is able to get food down but also able to maintain smaller portion sizes, and that’s where these band adjustments come into play.

The goal of all of these procedures is for the patient to lose weight, but it’s still important to keep in mind that none of them are a magic fix for permanent weight loss. While it will certainly help, diet and exercise are still going to be important. Eating the right foods, not consuming excess calories, and establishing an exercise routine are essential when you’re trying to lose weight and keep it off.  No matter which weight loss surgery a patient ends up going with, it’s important that they have the right mindset and are ready to make major lifestyle changes.

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients
that are morbidly obese.  And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the
front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years.  Visit us today at http://www.bmisurgery.com/ or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.

Elizabeth’s Testimonial: How Gastric Sleeve Was Exactly What I Needed

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Over the years, my weight had just kind of gone up and down. I’d tried Weight Watchers, Medifast, and nothing seemed to work. When I changed jobs a while back, I even looked into weight loss surgery and went to a seminar held by Dr. Long at Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery. I was seriously considering it until I found out it wasn’t covered under my insurance.
I had kind of given up on the idea of having weight loss surgery until the daughter of one of my mother’s friends had it performed by none other than Dr. Long. One day she asked me if I’d thought about doing it and even went on to tell me she’d help me out if it wasn’t covered. So out of curiosity I checked again, and turns out, my insurance plan had changed, and it was now covered!

Without giving it a second thought, I went to Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery to see Dr. Long.

Before I knew it, I was done with the insurance-required six-month supervised diet, and in June of 2017, I had gastric sleeve surgery. Looking back, it’s one of those things where you feel like it should’ve been harder than it was. I’m not saying it was easy by any means, but it was exactly what I needed.

When people ask if I wish I’d done it sooner, I tell them, yeah, I wish I’d done it sooner. But at the same time, given my personality and where I was at in my life, I think it was the right time for it to work for me.

Since the surgery, while I tend to crave a variety of things, I’d say I eat very healthy most days, and I even feel out of sync if I don’t have a small salad as part of a meal at least once a day. That’s not to say that I don’t still eat things that might be considered unhealthy, but I rarely want them since they typically make me feel bad afterwards. For instance, I found that if I have something that’s super processed or full of sugar, it makes me feel weird, like I can feel my system is in the wrong gear. Because of this, I definitely crave unhealthy stuff a whole lot less than I did before, and for someone who was able to always pack it in, it’s nice to have an internal governor that makes me want to stop after only a bite or two.

For me, my personality is such that the stricter you make it, the more I’m going to act out. But with the sleeve, if I really want pizza, I can still have it, but again, I just eat a bite or two before I’m good. That’s a big reason as to why I think the sleeve was such a perfect fit for me. It’s not restricting and just allows me to listen to my body.

My advice for anyone that’s considering weight loss surgery – talk to people that have had it done and are maintaining so you know what it’s like after surgery.

Get their perspective – is there stuff they miss? You should go into it with the understanding that you’re not going to be able to eat like the rest of your family, that you really can’t do carbonation, and if you have a really bad day, you can’t eat a whole pizza and drink a bottle of wine. You can have a piece and a glass, but that’s it.

Once you learn about the surgery from someone who’s been through it and been successful, I believe you’ll be better prepared going into it, and there’s no one better to go see than Dr. Long. It’s not an easy journey, but if you’re like me, it’s exactly what you need.

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese.  And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years.  Visit us today at http://www.bmisurgery.com/ or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.

Eating After Weight Loss Surgery: 3 Simple Rules to Help You Avoid Dumping Syndrome and Overeating

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By Caitlin Hastings, Physician Assistant

After being on a liquid diet two weeks prior to weight loss surgery, and then again, depending on the procedure you had, for a week or two after, it can be a challenge learning how to eat. When you’re re-introducing solid foods into your diet after about four weeks, there’s definitely a learning curve, but we try to educate our patients on what they can expect.

While everyone’s different, there are a few rules that are going to make things much easier when it’s time to introduce soft and solid foods. But by keeping these three rules below in mind, you’ll be much less likely to experience dumping syndrome or get sick from overeating.

Rule #1: Expect to eat only three or four bites before you feel full. Patients are always very surprised that they feel full after three bites, and while just one bite too much can be overeating, there’s the chance that you could feel very sick after that. Always keep in mind, you can come back to that meal when you get hungry later.

Rule #2: Chew your food to an applesauce consistency before you swallow.  Take it slow, chew very well, and take your time swallowing. I know, it sounds so silly, but it really matters when you’re eating solid food again for the first time in weeks. By chewing your food to an applesauce consistency, you’re ensuring that the food goes down more easily and doesn’t get stuck. Don’t worry, it gets much easier to eat and get things down after a while, but in the beginning, it can be hard.

Rule #3: Don’t eat and drink at the same time. There are two reasons for this. First, this is because you’re only able to eat three or four bites of a meal at a time, and we really want you focusing on getting your protein – you need it to heal after surgery. If you’re only able to get in three bites of a high protein food, we don’t need you filling your tiny stomach up with fluids. Plan on drinking about thirty minutes later, once the food is digested.

Another reason you’ll want to wait to drink until after you eat is to reduce your chances of experiencing what’s known as dumping syndrome. This occurs when food moves through the body too quickly and doesn’t get absorbed like it needs.

Think about it like this – You’re chewing your food to an applesauce consistency so imagine applesauce in your stomach. Then say you pour water on top of that applesauce. That’s going to make it really thinned out and move through the body a lot quicker. When this happens, it might make you a little bit nauseous, or you may have to run to the restroom quickly. You’re not staying full as long because that water is just pushing all that food through, and it’s like you never even ate.

By simply following these three rules, you’ll learn how you can eat enough food without feeling sick or experiencing dumping syndrome. It can be hard at first, but as time goes on, you’ll learn your body and know exactly what it takes to stay satisfied and healthy.   

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese.  And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years.  Visit us today at http://www.bmisurgery.com/ or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.

Considering Weight Loss Surgery? Here Are 5 Reasons the LAP-BAND System Might Be Right for You

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With Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding, better known as the Lap-Band System, being one of the more popular surgical weight loss solutions, our patients often come to us wanting to learn more about this procedure and its benefits. We understand, the fact that you’re simply placing a band around the upper end of the stomach in order to reduce its size and restrict food intake definitely sounds appealing. But even with its many perks, the truth is, not everyone’s going to be satisfied with the LAP-BAND System in the long run.

On the other hand, there are just as many people who are perfectly happy with LAP-BAND system years down the road, and depending on your lifestyle and your unique situation, it could be the perfect solution. Here, we’ll take a look at five reasons the LAP-BAND System might be the right choice for you.

  1. Minimally Invasive – Recognized as the least traumatic of all the weight loss surgeries, the LAP-BAND procedure is performed laparoscopically and doesn’t require any cutting, stapling, or stomach rerouting. This in turn means less post-operative pain, a shortened hospital stay, and, ultimately, a reduced recovery time.
  2. Low Risks – When compared to other procedures, there’s a lower mortality risk as well as a lower chance of suffering from nutritional deficiencies or hair loss. Patients are also less likely to experience what’s known as “dumping syndrome” when it comes to dietary restrictions.  
  3. Adjustable – The LAP-BAND System can also be adjusted to your own customized weight-loss rate. This is done without the need for additional surgery through an access port that’s placed below the skin during the initial procedure. If you and your doctor decide it’s time for an adjustment, the size of the band can be either inflated or deflated with the use of saline solution.
  4. Reversible – Since it hasn’t been altered in any way, the stomach typically returns to its original form and function if the LAP-BAND system is removed. This means, no matter the reason, you can restore your stomach if you and your doctor so chose.
  5. Effective – With more than 860,000 cases performed around the globe, patients lose an average of 40-60% of their excess body weight within two years though its been shown that 65% of excess weight can be lost at one year.

With many surgical weight loss solutions out there, finding the one that’s right for you takes careful consideration, and more importantly, the opinion of a professional surgeon who understands your lifestyle. By working with an experienced surgeon, together, you can select the weight loss solution that you’ll be happy with for years to come.

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese.  And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years.  Visit us today at http://www.bmisurgery.com/ or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.

 

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Marco’s Testimonial: The Hardest, But By Far, the Most Rewarding Thing I've Ever Done

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I’ve been a police officer for the last 28 years, and along with the way, I’ve had several injuries that caused me to get set back. In March of 2013, I even tore my posterior tibial tendon and meniscus while I was tackling a burglar on a bicycle. It seemed like every time I got hurt, I was laid up for a while, and I’d get big. I was struggling with my weight, and though I’d considered weight loss surgery before, everybody talked me out of it. I tried doctor supervised diets, but I just felt like all these diets were all wrong for my body makeup. Every diet I tried, it seemed like I would lose some weight, and then it would just pack right back on.

I knew I had to do something. I had to come to terms with myself and put myself first this time because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be there for my family.

My oldest is 30-years-old, and I have two other kids who are 27 and 23, and my youngest is 10. I wanted to be here for my youngest when he was 20, and I knew that if I didn’t do something, I wasn’t going to be here very long.

I was just miserable – I had high blood pressure and my blood sugar kept going up. It had gotten to the point where I couldn’t even go to Walmart with my wife and walk to the back of the store without sitting down. I got up to 420 pounds, and I was going to have to go on medical retirement, which would ruin all my pension.

I was seeing a neurologist about my back, and that’s who told me I should consider weight loss surgery with Dr. Long. So, of course I went to see him, and the first time I did, I asked Dr. Long, “Where do I sign up?” I was convinced that this was what I wanted to do.

I took a leap of faith and just did it, and I took off work on December 28th, 2016 to have gastric sleeve surgery.

After the surgery, I stuck to what Dr. Long and his staff told me to do, and the weight just started coming off. I lost the first 80-90 pounds really fast, and after that, I started seeking out other things to do health-wise. I started watching my carbs and sugars, and I just did a little bit every day; whether that was walking up and down the driveway, or parking my car a little further away from the entrance.

As I lost the weight, I know my wife thinks I just got fanatical with it because it got the point that every time she would stand still long enough I’d do pushups on the floor. We’d be shopping in Walmart, and I’d crawl up on the clothes rack and do dips. I even upped my workout program to about 5 times a week and started finding hobbies to do.

Everything is just great; I’m living it, and loving it. I’m doing things I’ve never done in my life.

Me and my wife do everything together; we go kayaking, we ride bikes together, heck, we even race go karts together ever since I found out I could fit in one. I’ve been racing go karts all this year, and right now I’m third place in the points standings in my class. I do a lawn care service also. I’ve always had to hire help to do the hard stuff like the weed eating and whatnot, but now I do it all by myself.

Everything at work has even gotten better. I’m probably more fit than most of those guys in the department now. They don’t hound me about my weight, and a few of them have gotten on the program, working out and doing things with me.

I don’t look for food for comfort anymore, I just look at it as a way to survive.

My lunch and dinners don’t change much because I just don’t look at food the same way anymore. My wife packs my lunch every day, and it consist of celery sticks with peanut butter, snow snap peas with my homemade ranch, and maybe some protein and cheese. I snack on that all day long, and I’m most definitely satisfied. If we go out to eat for dinner, I usually just eat the protein off her plate.

Not only have I reached my own personal goal, but I’ve reached Dr. Long’s goal for me as well. While I didn’t think I’d want to be any lighter than 190, I’m now down to 171. Dr. Long’s goal for me was 175. I went from a size 58 in the waist to a 30. I not only contribute this success to my staying active and watching what I ate, but what I felt was my duty to motivate others to do the same.

I found that the more people I stepped out and helped, the more it helped me.

If I talked to somebody who needed or wanted to do this program or asked me what I did, I would share it with them. I’d stay with them until they lost the weight. I’d share my diet plan, I’d share everything with them. It helped me to help them, and it kind of kept me in check – I guess the whole practice what you preach kind of thing.

The surgery has been life changing. Dr. Long and his staff saved my life.

I had tried every diet out there, and they never worked. This tool that Dr. Long gave me really helped me do what I needed to do. I am where I am today because of that, and the people who supported me.

Dr. Long is a super nice person, and his staff is amazing. They always remember you by name, and they’re always really respectful. Right after I had my surgery, they called and checked on me the first month it seemed like every other day.

My advice to anyone considering weight loss surgery – don’t let anybody make the decision for you. If you’ve made up your mind, don’t let anybody talk you out of doing it. Just take a leap of faith and do it. I wish I would have done it 10 years ago; I wasted that 10 years of my life. It’s not going to be easy. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but the rewards are so great.

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery. Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese. And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website! Insurance won’t pay? We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years. Visit us today at http://www.bmisurgery.com/ or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.