The Lap-Band Revisted

I frequently get asked, “what has happened to the adjustable gastric band (Lap-band)”?  The Lap-band was introduced to the US in 2001 from Australia where it had been used with great success.  However, here in the US we have not had the same success....

Robotic Gastric Bypass vs Robotic Sleeve Gastrectomy

The most frequent question that I get these days is “which weight-loss operation is the best for me?” While there have been many bariatric procedures that have evolved over time, the Roux-en-y gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve seem to have withstood the test of...

Robotic Bariatric Surgery: Next Advance for CBSI

Last month I talked about how safe weight-loss surgery has become. As equipment and techniques continue to evolve, bariatric surgery has become even more efficient and safe. In my practice, robotic surgery is now making that difference. The use of the robot in surgery...

Bariatric Surgery for Diabetes: Is it Safe?

On several occasions I have blogged about the effectiveness of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) for type II diabetes. In patients recently diagnosed with type II diabetes, having a gastric bypass will put the diabetes into remission 85% of the time. Quite an impressive...

Diets Don’t Work

I’d like to start by telling you a story. Molly has been overweight her entire life and with encouragement from friends and family, this time it will be different. She’s buckled down and stuck to her diet. The first 10-­20 pounds came off so easily, it...

Gastric Sleeve vs the Gastric Bypass

The most frequent question that I get these days is “which weight-loss operation is the best for me?” While there have been many bariatric procedures that have evolved over time, the Roux-en-y gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve seem to have withstood...

The Safety of Weight-Loss Surgery

The summer has passed. September marks the time of the year when we all look to finishing the year strong. Much like January, in September, we see renewed interest in weight loss surgery. For many of us it is a time to focus on personal goals while there is still time to achieve them before the Holidays arrive. Many people are contemplating which weight-loss surgery procedure to choose or where their surgery should take place.