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Why is there a difference in technique from surgeon to surgeon?

The differences you see between surgeons and surgical techniques are typically slight and based on training, what tools are available at a particular hospital, and what each surgeon has found, through experience, works best for their patients.

Can prior bariatric surgery impact the treatment you receive when diagnosed with a serious illness?

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and steroid drugs, such as prednisone, are typically intolerable after a gastric bypass. As such, any disease that rely’s on these medications can be more difficult to treat after surgery. There are, however, other medications that can be prescribed and more importantly the benefits of bariatric surgery vastly outweigh the restriction of these medications.

Is there a standard bougie size?

A bougie is a flexible tube used in bariatric surgery to guide surgeons when dividing the stomach. They come in different sizes and help to keep the opening a relatively standard size.

Why Did I Regain Weight After My Gastric Band And Gastric Sleeve?

In this video, a viewer asks why he lost and regained weight so quickly after both the gastric band and the gastric sleeve. Dr. Matthew Weiner breaks down the case and explains what would cause the fluctuations and what it takes to lose and maintain weight loss after bariatric surgery.

Will The Post-Surgery Diet Cause Weight Loss If You Don’t Have The Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is an effective tool in losing weight because of the hormonal changes it causes which induce weight loss. The surgery is what drives the weight loss, not the postoperative diet. The postoperative diet is used to help your body recover from surgery. If you are looking for a diet that will drive weight …

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Do Birth Control Pills Cause Weight Gain?

There’s no question that many medications can cause weight gain and in fact, it’s one of the leading causes of weight regain after surgery. Is birth control one of the medications that contribute to weight regain? The answer is both yes and no. Dr. Matthew Weiner explains.

Are Artificial Sweeteners OK?

America has a long history of trying to minimize sugar consumption.  For decades, sugar free was equated with guilt free.  Eating and drinking sugar free foods allowed us to continue our predilection for sweetness without having to worry about its effect on our waistline.  We’re now starting to learn that artificially sweetened foods often cause …

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How Much Fruit Is Too Much?

Whether you are on a traditional diet or a bariatric diet, you’re often told to steer clear of eating too much fruit due to its high sugar and carbohydrate numbers. In this video, a viewer asks Dr. Matthew Weiner what his viewpoint is on how much fruit is too much. His answer may surprise you.

I’ve had a gastric band that is causing problems. Will a sleeve gastrectomy help?

The gastric band (sometimes referred to as a lap band or A band), is an inflatable silicone device placed around the top portion of the stomach in the treatment of obesity, intended to decrease food consumption. They typically provide less weight loss than a sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass and can require additional maintenance surgeries. …

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Can I have bariatric surgery if I have IBS?

IBS or irritable bowel syndrome is a disease of symptoms rather than physical changes to the stomach or intestines. Symptoms often include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea and constipation, or both. In this video, a viewer asks Dr. Matthew Weiner whether she can have weight loss surgery with this condition.

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