Author: Lisa Downing

When You Can Ignore Blood in Your Stool

December 4, 2020

 

In fairness, the title of this blog post is misleading, but we did so on purpose. We did so, very simply, because there’s never a time that blood in the stool should be ignored. Yet, over and over again, we see patients who have experienced blood in their stool, convinced themselves it is something minor and avoided coming to see their doctor or colorectal surgeon. The problem is, that something minor and very treatable today may progress to something more aggressive over time and can ultimately cause significant quality-of-life issues – even malignancy – and ultimately, fewer treatment options. While the only good option is visiting your doctor, following is an idea of the most common causes of blood in the stool and, ultimately, what should be done to address them.

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Extra Protein Eggnog

November 27, 2020

With eggs as a main ingredient, you might think of eggnog as a healthier holiday treat. Although the eggs do add protein that most beverages don’t have, eggnog also traditionally includes milk, cream and sugar, each upping the calorie count. For the same festive flavor with more protein and less sugar and fat, try this bariatric friendly Extra Protein Eggnog recipe this season.

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What’s So Bad About Living with GERD?

November 20, 2020

You probably don’t know anyone that hasn’t experienced some sort of reflux. This may be caused by a large meal, particularly spicy food, strenuous activity shortly after a meal or even sleep shortly after eating. It happens to all of us once in a while. However, when simple acid reflux becomes chronic, this is when we diagnose it as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.

GERD, on the surface, seems like a relatively innocuous problem that simply causes some discomfort after meals and could be managed with antacids or over the counter Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs). However, the problems that come with GERD run much deeper, especially if left untreated or undertreated.

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Protein Peppermint Mocha

November 13, 2020

Festive cups and familiar holiday drinks are a fun part of the season, but those sugary drinks can stretch your health goals. Get that same comforting flavor without the extra calories, sugar, and fat by making your own with Premier Protein®. If you need to cup, grab a reusable one you can wash and reuse all season long

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What Are the Chances of a Recurrent Hernia?

November 6, 2020

You might be researching hernia surgery, or you may have recently had it and you’re wondering what are the chances that the procedure fails due to recurrence. Recurrence of a hernia means the reemergence of the hernia after it has been repaired surgically. Naturally, our patients are interested to know if their hernia can recur and how it can be prevented.

The short answer is yes, a hernia can come back, but it’s not something to actively worry about. Modern hernia surgery has reduced the recurrence rate to somewhere between 1% and 3%, down from 15% or even more just a few decades ago. But, in order to assess the risk of developing a recurrent hernia, we have to understand how to prevent one.

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Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

October 30, 2020

Many bariatric patients rely on protein supplements to help them stay on track with protein goals. Who says you have to drink a protein shake cold? Premier Protein shakes and powder hold up well to heat, unlike some protein supplements. This offers you the flexibility to create warm beverages during the colder months. It also makes a great coffee creamer. This cozy peanut butter hot chocolate offers protein to keep you balanced and satisfied. This is a single serving recipe.

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Why The Gastric Sleeve Can Cause Acid Reflux

October 23, 2020

When a patient comes in for a bariatric consultation wanting the gastric sleeve, we determine if they are currently suffering from moderate to severe acid reflux. This is because new or worsened acid reflux can be a side effect of the gastric sleeve procedure. While it may seem counterintuitive, after all bariatric surgery is supposed to eliminate the most common conditions associated with obesity, how the gastric sleeve changes the gastrointestinal anatomy is somewhat different from other bariatric procedures.

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Key Lime No-Bake Premier Protein Cheesecake

October 16, 2020

Key lime pie is a classic dessert bar staple, but it can pack a punch in terms of calories and sugar. Not necessarily ideal for a patient after weight loss surgery, or anyone trying to watch their calorie intake. This key lime protein cheesecake gives you that familiar flavor with a boost of protein and fewer calories. This recipe yields 6, 4 ounce servings.

 

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Is It Dangerous to Have a Hernia Repaired At Advanced Age?

October 9, 2020

Deciding whether to repair a hernia in patients of advanced age requires a back-and-forth discussion with your surgeon as well as a thorough examination of the particular circumstances involved. Until recently, the belief was that a patient gets older, hernia repair becomes less necessary and beneficial. To some degree, this still remains true for a couple of reasons:

  • First, older patients tend to have weaker abdominal muscles, which reduces the likelihood of incarceration or strangulation. These are the two biggest considerations when deciding whether or not to have a hernia surgery.
  • Second, older patients typically have a harder time recovering from a surgical procedure and often have a higher risk profile that younger patients, due to their age.

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Understanding Portion Sizes for Long-Term Health

September 25, 2020

Obesity is a systemic disease. Not only does it affect our waistline, how we feel and what we do, but it can also contribute to a host of related diseases known as comorbidities. From diabetes and heart disease to gallbladder problems and even hernias due to added abdominal pressure, it affects every part of our lives. Obesity has even been linked to certain forms of cancer including esophageal cancer, breast cancer and colorectal cancer.

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