Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Many patients arrive at the conclusion that they need bariatric surgery because they are frustrated with years of failed diet and exercise attempts. While bariatric surgery is an effective long-term solution to excess weight and obesity, it is not a silver bullet. In other words, there are responsibilities that you, as the patient, will have to understand and fulfill over the course of your weight loss journey. Understanding and living by these responsibilities gives you the best chance to make the procedure a complete success.
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
As we embark on our latest diet and exercise programs, we are often tempted to eliminate fats altogether. The name alone sounds daunting for weight loss and it’s true that many items that are high in fat also have a significant number of calories. What is important to remember is that not all fats are equal. In fact, some fats are very beneficial, while others can be very harmful.
Thursday, April 18th, 2013
Medical weight loss involves a physician supervised program that addresses both physical and psychological aspects of excess weight and obesity in a non-surgical manner. Medical weight loss programs can be very helpful to those patients that may not qualify for bariatric surgery, but need to lose some weight. They can also be helpful to bariatric patients both before and after surgery.
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
The craze in organic and all natural foods has not diminished over the past several years. What was once very much a niche market has now gone mainstream. The introduction of large specialty grocery stores such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Fresh Market has solidified the popularity of organic foods and their place in today’s society. These stores have ushered in a new mass-market wave of health consciousness. The consumption of “conventional” and processed foods is definitely not in vogue.
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
The insurance process can vary between patients and insurance companies, but rarely is the process a short one. Most patients can be pre-approved for bariatric surgery within a matter of a few weeks, but there is no guarantee. The time waiting for the pre-approval does not have to be wasted, however. After your first consultation, you will learn more about the things you can do before surgery to make the whole process a lot easier. You can begin your diet and exercise regimen, stop smoking and start your full pre-operative testing and general health work-up. By the time you receive the insurance company’s decision, you’ll have completed many of the prerequisites for surgery.
Friday, December 7th, 2012
All of us here at Advanced Surgical Associates are thrilled to announce that our very own Dr. Muhammad Feteiha was named president of the New Jersey Chapter, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). With our close ties to the ASMBS and our significant involvement in the New Jersey bariatric community, this is sure to be a great relationship. Dr. Feteiha was previously vice president of the New Jersey Chapter. Advanced Surgical Associates is also an ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
Alcoholism is a serious consideration that has to be made by any patient before they undergo bariatric surgery. Food can be addictive and many patients who come into our office for the first consultation, have an unhealthy relationship with what they eat. Food addiction is a disorder of the mind and body. Our brains crave the substance at all costs, regardless of the serious consequences and ramifications – obesity and its related diseases. Unfortunately, bariatric surgery itself does not cure the psychological underpinning of food addiction.
Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
One of the most common questions we’re asked after about life after bariatric surgery is whether or patient can eat out at a restaurant. Eating out has its great benefits including relaxation, socialization and hopefully very good food – not to mention the convenience of not having to cook. However, when we think of eating out, we think of less healthy options than what we expect from cooking at home. Interestingly, this may not always be the case. There are times when we cook at home, feeling like we’re eating healthier, when in fact we’re not.
Sunday, November 4th, 2012
When we think of eating healthily, one of the first food items that we consider are soups and salads. It is almost second nature to believe that soup and salad is good for our health and rarely do we question whether that is actually the case. It is obvious that leafy greens and basic broths can be very healthy for us, though not terribly delicious, however once we start dressing our salads and doctoring our soups, they can quickly turn into one of the worst culprits for weight gain and overall health issues.
Thursday, October 25th, 2012
It’s almost November and the holiday season is fast approaching. For most of us, this is the time to enjoy, relax, spend some time off work and see family and friends to celebrate these wonderful times. For bariatric surgery patients, however, holiday celebrations can pose a challenge. These are times to eat and drink, often in excess and that simply doesn’t jive with our weight loss journey. It is important for a weight loss surgery patient to get out and about after their procedure, however it is also critical to keep their food intake moderate and continue on their weight loss journey. There several tips to help when the holidays roll around: