If you're considering weight loss surgery, prepare to make changes that last a lifetime. "When you're seriously overweight, it affects your social life, your health," says Atul Madan, MD, chief of bariatric surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine. "This surgery helps people get past th
Are you on the fence about weight loss surgery? There are good reasons to think long and hard about it -- as well as reasons to do it. That’s because, as the pounds melt away, people feel the difference immediately -- and that helps them embrace a new mind-set, says Anita Courcoulas, MD, MPH, chief
After weight loss surgery, success is a long-term project. But if you can stick with a healthy diet and exercise, experts say you’ll enjoy extremely satisfying results. By most estimates, 80% or more of patients do well after surgery, says Atul Madan, MD, chief of bariatric surgery at the University
When Cassie Pisano couldn't get her eating (or her weight) under control, she turned to surgery as a last resort. Here, she explains why it wasn't the "easy way out" — and how it's given her the happy, normal life she always wanted.
Since undergoing gastric bypass surgery this past March, Janice, an admitted shopaholic, has not done much shopping. "I have nothing to wear, but you go through so many sizes so quickly, it doesn't make any sense to shop." Not that this retired art teacher from West Bloomfield, Mich. is complaining.
The first weight loss surgery Garrick Pedersen underwent nearly killed him. Doctors placed an elastic band around Pedersen's stomach just below the esophagus to restrict how much food he could eat. Pedersen, who weighed close to 300 pounds, began to lose weight almost immediately after the surgery.