Loose Abdominal Skin After Bariatric Surgery

After losing a significant amount of weight with bariatric surgery, some patients may have loose skin – specifically around the lower part of the belly. This is not uncommon. Loose or sagging skin around the abdomen can occur when you lose weight and the skin does not have the elasticity it needs to shrink back to your new shape.  Before gastric sleeve or bypass, I often tell patients that predicting who may or may not develop excess abdominal skin after weight loss is difficult. Factors that contribute to this condition are age, underlying medical issues, tissue disorders, and losing a
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Marijuana, Smoking and Weight Loss Surgery

Now that the state of New Jersey legalized the use of recreational marijuana for adults, several patients have asked how using marijuana can affect their weight loss surgery journey. To start, the use of marijuana should be discussed with your surgeon. Smoking, whether it’s cigarettes or marijuana, is a health risk that can lead to lung and heart complications both during and after bariatric surgery as well as long-term health consequences. Marijuana itself can alter clotting factors in our blood, making our bodies more prone to developing clots which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Your surgeon will discuss
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Tackling Childhood Obesity Together

Adult obesity and childhood obesity rates have continued to rise over the past 20 years. Because obesity can pose immediate and future health risks, parents and caregivers are looking for answers to how they can help their children live a healthier and happier life. .  In the United States, 1 in 5 children or about 19% struggle with obesity. In New Jersey, 14% of children ages 10 through 17 have obesity, which is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. Just like adults, children who have obesity are more likely to become adults with obesity
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What Am I Eating? Creamy Vegetable Soup

My family and I have recently started making soup. Not only is it a healthy and hearty meal, but it’s a great way to keep my kids occupied and learning about nutrition now that we are indoors more often. One of our favorite soups is a creamy roasted carrot soup.  I start off by roasting my carrots in olive oil and a few of my favorite seasonings like salt, pepper and coriander. Ginger is a great addition to the recipe if you like the flavor. Then I let the carrots cool, chop them into smaller pieces and add them to
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Recovery After Weight Loss Surgery

  “How long is the recovery?” is one of the most frequently asked questions I hear from patients when they’re thinking about weight loss surgery, whether it’s gastric sleeve or gastric bypass procedure. They want to know what to expect – both in the hospital and when they return home.       Hospital Recovery The length of time you stay in the hospital depends on the type of weight loss procedure you undergo. After the gastric sleeve, I tell patients to expect to stay in the hospital for approximately one day.  For the gastric bypass, it’s one to two days.
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New Study Shows Weight Loss in Young Adults with Obesity May Lower Mortality Risk by up to 50%

  Losing weight in early adulthood, between ages 25 and 40, may help you live longer according to recent research out of Boston University’s School of Public Health. The study looked at whether losing weight after a history of obesity in early adulthood could show a reduction in mortality risk later in life.    The researchers analyzed data from more than 24,000 individuals who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Lead investigators recorded the weight of participants between the ages of 40 and 74, asked what their weight was 10 years earlier, and what their weight
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Weight Loss Surgery, Gas & Body Odor

After weight loss surgery, some patients report experiencing an increase in gas and a difference in their normal body odor.  While this is expected, it can make one feel self conscious and have an impact on your social interactions.  Whether you’ve had gastric sleeve or gastric bypass, the body undergoes various hormonal changes,  particularly how it processes the food you take in. This can lead to increased levels of gas production or body odor.  The important thing to remember is that you’re not alone and once you identify the triggers that contribute to these nuisances, steps can be taken to
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