Author: Lisa Downing

Fat but Fit May Not Truly Exist

April 16, 2021

Male in Purple Shirt Grabbing Extra Stomach Weight

Groups and individuals fighting to eliminate the stigma associated with weight have made leaps and bounds over the past many years. This movement has likely helped millions of people overcome significant the mental health issues that surround the weight-based bullying that has increasingly plagued modern society both in the United States and around the world. One of the mantras used in the movement is that what we, medically, consider to be an unhealthy weight can exist alongside overall good health. The concept is that an overweight individual may not be at far greater risk of medical issues if they are exercising and practicing other healthy habits.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Pops

April 9, 2021

Peanut butter chocolate protein popsicle laying on white plate

The combination of chocolate and peanut butter offers the salty and sweet we often crave. Turning this into a high protein snack helps bariatric patients maintain a better balanced diet with low sugar.

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Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies after Bariatric Surgery

April 2, 2021

If you think that consuming a small fraction of the calories you were vs before surgery may lead to nutritional deficiencies, you may be right. And this is something that we monitor very carefully after bariatric surgery. Our bodies absorb nutrients through food and drink, but if our stomachs are too small to receive enough food to fulfill these needs, we may need supplementation.

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Irish Cream Frozen Protein Latte

March 26, 2021

Creamy and cold, this protein fortified frozen coffee is sure to pump up your morning, or afternoon. Combine cold brew coffee with a ready made shake and add some texture by blending with ice and a touch of cream. This recipe makes two servings.

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How A Hiatal Hernia Can Affect the Gastric Sleeve

March 19, 2021

If you have researched the gastric sleeve, you will find the procedure increases the risk of new or worsened gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. This is one of the reasons why the gastric bypass may be the more appropriate procedure for someone with severe and uncontrolled GERD.

When we first started performing the gastric sleeve, there were a significant number of patients – somewhere around 15 to 20% – that would experience new or worsened chronic acid reflux after the procedure. Of course, back then, the fundoplication was the only viable anti-GERD surgery available. However, since the fundus of the stomach is removed from the abdomen, it cannot be performed on gastric sleeve patients. Therefore, sleeve patients with GERD issues either had to be converted to a different procedure (Duodenal Switch or Gastric Bypass) or had to manage their GERD with lifestyle changes and medication.

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Pineapple Protein Ice Cream

February 26, 2021

Pineapple’s distinct, tropical flavor always feels bright and fun. This protein treat uses that iconic flavor to boost your protein intake and bring a sunny smile to your face.

Note: This recipe uses an ice cream maker. If you don’t have one, do a quick google for ice cream making hacks!

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Should I Get Genetic Testing for Colon Cancer?

February 19, 2021

Some of our patients, especially those who have a family history of colon cancer or other cancers, are very nervous about their risk of developing cancer. And they are often justified in that fear as close family members who have had colon cancer, in turn, increase your risk of colon cancer as well. However, we have studied decades of colon cancer research and the result is solid guidelines on how to screen for the disease. For those with average risk, a colonoscopy every ten years, starting at the age of 45 is recommended. For those with above average risk, this interval may be much shorter and depends on the judgment of Dr. Crean or your primary care physician.

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Frozen Protein Berry Bark

February 12, 2021

Creamy frozen yogurt with a pop of fruity berries makes this recipe a treat. Fortifying with protein adds extra nutrition and makes this recipe a bariatric friendly treat.

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Dr. Abbas’ 500th Robotic Surgery

February 5, 2021

All of us here at MasJax we are excited to congratulate Dr. Husain Abbas on 500 robotic surgeries performed. Just a decade or so ago, the idea of robotic surgery was in its infancy and had very few believers. However, over time, patients and physicians began to see the value of this transformative surgical tool. Dr. Abbas has embraced this technology, utilizing the robot to its fullest potential in improving outcomes for day-to-day surgery. The robot also allows complex surgeries to be performed in a minimally invasive manner, when they never could be before.

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Pistachio Protein Shake

January 22, 2021

Pistachios unique flavor bring a fun twist to your regular protein shake. Mix it up using sugar free pistachio pudding and ice to make your protein shake more indulgent while meeting your bariatric diet requirements.

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