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The Link Between Obesity and Sleep Apnea Oct 4th, 2021

Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical condition that interferes with your breathing patterns during sleep. Sleep apnea sufferers may stop breathing hundreds of times per night.  When you have obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles in your throat relax a bit too much during sleep, narrowing your airways and making it...

What Your BMI Says About Your Health Sep 5th, 2021

Most everyone knows the dangers of being obese: Extra pounds dramatically increase your risks of heat disease, heart attack, diabetes, and even some types of cancer. But beyond what the scale says, there’s another number you need to know: your BMI or body mass index. Body mass index is calculated...

Advantages of daVinci Robotic Surgery for Your Hernia Aug 10th, 2021

Every year in the United States, surgeons repair more than a million hernias, making it one of the most common surgical procedures in the country. In fact, about 10% of Americans will have a hernia at some point in their lives — and nearly everyone will need to have surgery...

Am I a Good Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery? Jul 13th, 2021

Losing excess weight is difficult for many people for a range of reasons. And when you’re especially overweight, weight loss is often more important from a health standpoint and significantly more challenging.  If you’ve tried your best to reach a healthy weight range without success or have high obesity-related health...

Umbilical Hernia Surgery: What to Expect Jun 8th, 2021

Your abdomen, no matter the shape, should be even and equally flush. Strains and injuries can sometimes result in hernias, causing an area on your mid-section to project outward. When your navel projects, and is accompanied by pain or pressure, you might be experiencing an umbilical hernia. These types of...

Bothered by GERD? You May Want to Consider LINX® May 10th, 2021

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when the gastric juices that dissolve foods in your stomach climb up your esophagus. Because human stomach acid is very acidic, enough to dissolve metal or bones, GERD can cause you to experience symptoms such as a burning sensation in your chest, a sour taste...

What's a Thyroid, and What Happens When It Malfunctions? Apr 1st, 2021

Under normal circumstances, your thyroid functions normally, producing critical hormones that regulate everything from metabolism to body temperature. But when something goes awry with this gland, it can cast a wide net over your health and wellness. Fortunately, there are solutions. Michael Sutker, MD has a keen understanding of thyroid...

Bariatric Patient - John Mar 29th, 2021

Patient: John Age:  54 Height: 5’6” Highest Weight: 334 Current Weight: 260 Goal Weight: 175 Bariatric Surgery: Gastric Bypass Surgery Date:  November 5, 2020 Largest Size: 63” waist 4-5X Current Size: 52” waist, 2-3X Weight related diseases: diabetes, hypertension, liver disease, enlarged spleen, high cholesterol Life Before Surgery John recalls...

Did You Know Bariatric Surgery Can Help Control Type 2 Diabetes? Mar 15th, 2021

If you’re overweight, losing weight can be hard. However, it’s vital for your long-term health, especially if you have Type 2 diabetes. More than 34 million Americans have diabetes. Although anyone can develop blood sugar disorders, approximately 90% of Type 2 diabetes cases are due to excess body fat. Fortunately,...

How to Get Relief from Groin Pain Post Hernia Repair Feb 19th, 2021

When your internal organs or fatty tissue poke through a weak spot in your muscle or connective tissue, a hernia forms. Your hernia may create a noticeable lump or bulge or cause symptoms such as swelling or pain.  Hernias don’t get better over time. When your hernia causes symptoms that...

Bariatric Patient - Stephanie Feb 9th, 2021

Patient: Stephanie Interview Date: 4/30/20 Age: 50 Height: 5’2” Highest Weight: 230 lbs. BMI: 41 Current Weight: 177 lbs. — 53 pound weight loss BMI: 32.7 Goal Weight: 130 lbs. BMI: 23.7 Bariatric Surgery: Gastric Sleeve Surgery Date: November 2019 Largest Size: 18-20 Current Size: 12 or Medium top Weight...

Bariatric Patient - Petty Feb 9th, 2021

Patient: Petty Age: 45 Height: 5’4” Surgery type: gastric sleeve Surgery date: October 2018 Highest weight: 275 lbs. Current weight: 182 lbs. Goal weight: 160 lbs. Largest Size: 20 Current Size: 10 Before Surgery It started when Petty was growing up. Her weight always fluctuated due to poor eating habits...

Weight Loss Leads to Photo Fun for Felicia Feb 9th, 2021

PATIENT VERSION  Title: Weight Loss Leads to Photo Fun for Felicia Patient: Felicia Age: 51 Height: 5’6” Highest Weight: 288 lbs. BMI: 46.4 Current Weight: 177 lbs. BMI: 28.5 Goal Weight: 175 lbs. BMI: 28.2 Bariatric Surgery: Gastric Bypass Surgery Date: October 15, 2019 Largest Size: 22 or 3xL Current...

Bariatric Patient - Leonda Feb 9th, 2021

Patient: Leonda Age: 53 Height: 5’7” Highest Weight: 330 lbs. BMI: 51.6 Current Weight: 226 lbs. BMI: 35.3 Goal Weight: 175 lbs. BMI: 27.4 Bariatric Surgery: gastric sleeve Surgery Date: December 2018 Largest Size: 28-30 Current Size: 16 Weight related diseases: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep...

Ann’s Amazing Journey Feb 9th, 2021

Title: Ann’s Amazing Journey Patient: Ann Age: 49 Height: 5’5” Highest Weight: 234 lbs. BMI: 38.9 Current Weight: 201 lbs. BMI: 33.4 Goal Weight: 160 lbs. BMI: 26.6 Bariatric Surgery: gastric sleeve Surgery Date: 12/20/19 Largest Size: 18 Current Size: 14-16 Weight Related Conditions Pre-Op: Knee pain which required injections...

Sleeve Gastrectomy: A Great Option for Patients With a Lower BMI Jan 29th, 2021

Bariatric physicians, or clinicians who provide safe medical weight loss management treatments, recommend bariatric weight loss surgery to certain patients for a variety of reasons, including to lower their risk for serious health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.  You might have struggled with your weight for many years, despite...

Why Surgery Might Be Necessary to Get Relief From Acid Reflux Dec 8th, 2020

The discomfort of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is impossible to ignore. Chronic heartburn, chest pain, trouble swallowing, and tasting the bitterness of food you’ve already eaten coming back up are enough to cause you to dread eating or drinking anything.  Michael Sutker, MD, PA, with offices in Dallas and...