Month: February 2020
As one of the most experienced general surgical practices in northern Florida, we have seen an amazing transformation in surgical technique over our careers. It began with open surgery, the tried-and-true method that withstood the test of time for centuries. In 1910, daring surgeons performed the first laparoscopic procedure on humans. Over the next decades we began to perform relatively routine procedures with minimally invasive tools. Laparoscopy, using a miniaturized camera and long-handled tools became the gold standard for almost every surgery we perform.
Please take the time to read a recent article from MedScape.com regarding Bariatric Surgery Tied to Lowered Risk of Colorectal Cancer.
Vitamin D is an incredibly important nutrient that is, unfortunately, underappreciated by the general patient population. In fact, it is estimated that up to 40% of the US population is deficient in vitamin D.
The fact is that vitamin D is a critical nutrient for our health and well-being. First, it is needed for our bodies to use and absorb calcium, this is especially important for post bariatric surgery patients who are at a greater risk of osteoporosis. Low levels of Vitamin D may also increase the risk of certain cancers, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In addition, one of the great benefits of Vitamin D is mood improvement. Those deficient in Vitamin D have a greater likelihood of developing mood disorders including depression. Once again, important for a post bariatric patient who relies on motivation and determination to reach their weight loss goals.