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Category Archives: After Weight Loss Surgery

Best Low Impact Exercises for Bariatric Patients

October 8, 2021

You’ve been cleared to exercise. So now what?

This is far less daunting than it sounds. For some of us, the gym was not our first hang out pre-surgery. Neither was spin class, the tennis court, the weekend hikes or the stand-up paddleboard. But guess what? Your new life is the golden ticket to some of life‘s best experiences that will broaden your free-time horizons, increase your health-conscious circle of friends, and lead to tremendous success in your weight loss journey.

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What Is Dumping Syndrome? (And Why It Might not Be All Bad)

September 10, 2021

High sugar foods like this donut can trigger dumping syndrome in bariatric patients, but that may be helpful according to Memorial Advanced Surgery.

No surgery is 100% risk and consideration free and the gastric bypass is no different. In many cases, when we talk about the side effects of surgery, we focus on the decidedly negative ones. However, dumping syndrome is one of those very interesting side effects that, while very uncomfortable for the patient, may actually have some long term beneficial value. When we discussed dumping syndrome, we limit our discussion to the gastric bypass because of the way that the stomach is changed and. The outlets from the stomach into the small intestine, known as the stoma is removed and rebuilt during a bypass surgery. The new valve is not as efficient or as strong as the natural valve. This means that food and drink can enter into the more sensitive small intestines faster without being fully procesed in the stomach. This is known as rapid gastric emptying or dumping syndrome.

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To Wait or Not To Wait – Buying Clothes After Bariatric Surgery

August 27, 2021

It is exciting to see results after bariatric surgery. You start to shed pound after pound and your clothes do not fit quite like they used to. The first place your mind may jump to is going shopping and investing in an entire new wardrobe. You have come a long way and worked so hard to get to where you are now – you are deserving of a little reward. However, buying a whole new wardrobe after the first signs of weight loss may be premature, and may end up costing you more money than necessary.

Woman stands in front of mirror holding up a dress as she debates if it is the right time to buy clothes after weight loss surgery at Memorial Advanced Surgery.

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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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Protein Fortified Strawberry Waffles

March 12, 2021

When you want a warm, satisfying breakfast, you need a recipe that both hits the spot and fills you up. Adding protein helps keep you feeling full longer and adds nutrition to an otherwise unbalanced choice. Try these strawberry waffles and let us know what you think!

Belgium Waffles with Strawberries and Powered Sugar on White Plate

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Bariatric Surgery Tied to Lowered Risk of Colorectal Cancer

February 12, 2020

Please take the time to read a recent article from regarding Bariatric Surgery Tied to Lowered Risk of Colorectal Cancer.

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How Vitamin D Is Critical to Post Bariatric Success

February 4, 2020

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.

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What Will Eating Be Like After Bariatric Surgery?

October 23, 2019

So many of us are sick and tired of being overweight, obese, and ill. We may have lived with our diseases for years, decades or even our entire adult life. The stories we hear from our patients are all unique, varied and emotional. And even though bariatric surgery may be very daunting, one of the questions we are asked most frequently is what eating will be like after surgery. After all, we all love good food and it would be an absolute shame if we couldn’t enjoy what we eat for the rest of our lives.

Colorful bowl of shrimp, cucumbers, pickled onions, radish, edamame, and brown rice demonstrate eating for weight loss and health is not boring with Memorial Advanced Surgery logo at top center.

We’re here to tell you that you have nothing to worry about.

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Can Thinning the Waist Help Prevent Thinning in the Brain?

September 19, 2019

On July 31st, 2019, Dr. Husain Abbas of Memorial Advanced Surgery appeared in an interview for local station News4Jax to discuss recent study findings tying increased body mass index, a common measure for obesity, to increased risk of dementia.

We know that obesity has many health consequences including cardiovascular problems and diabetes, but a new study in the Journal of Neurology1 also indicates your excess weight may also affect your mental health including your cognitive function and diseases like dementia.

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Bariatric Fashion Show

July 23, 2019

The team at Memorial Advanced Surgery was star struck watching these amazing individuals show off their accomplishments and results from hard work and determination to lifestyle change. A total of over 3,000 lbs…gone!


We think the beautiful smiles say it all, but it is obvious that confidence was running high. We are grateful to be a part of so many weight loss journeys and success stories at Memorial Advanced Surgery in Jacksonville, FL. We know each patient is a unique individual whose goals are personal and important. Helping you meet your weight loss goals and maintain your health is our passion.

Our team wants to be on your team! We are excited to cheer you on and lift you up. Whether you are looking to start your weight loss journey, or have been a patient of ours for a while, we want you to know we are here for every milestone and bump in the road. Being a bariatric patient is a lifelong commitment, so it is important to connect with a practice that you trust and feel comfortable with.

The bariatric fashion show gives us the opportunity to celebrate our patients. It is an honor each time a patient entrusts us with their care. While anytime you have surgery you are placing your life in the hands of a surgeon, with bariatric surgery it is more than just your time in the operating room. We like to say that the procedure is only a tool to aid you in your new lifestyle. With bariatric surgery, there is a much greater factor of life change involved than almost any other surgery.

In the video above, several of our Memorial Advanced Surgery bariatric patients are featured. To learn more about their chosen procedure or surgeon, please select from below.

Dr. Hussain Abbas, FACS

Patricia Zufall, lost 145 lbs with the Sleeve Gastrectomy

Robert Tolen, lost 180 lbs with the Sleeve Gastrectomy

Samantha Levitt, lost 130 lbs with the Sleeve Gastrectomy

Amanda Stimis, lost 120 lbs with the Sleeve Gastrectomy

Dr. John Deperi, FACS

Cornelius Thomas, lost 70 lbs with the BPD-DS (Duodenal Switch)

Danielle Priddy, lost 104 lbs with the Sleeve Gastrectomy

Patty Wallace, lost 63 lbs with the Sleeve Gastrectomy

Krystal Alford, lost 140 lbs with the Sleeve Gastrectomy

Dr. Steven Webb, FACS

Ada Dummer, lost 105 lbs with the Sleeve Gastrectomy

Ashlee Hawkins, lost 147 lbs with the Sleeve Gastrectomy

BJ Cook, lost 120 lbs with the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Cathy Herndon, lost 100 lbs with the Sleeve Gastrectomy

Estefanie Olivo, lost 90 lbs with the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Hattie Dawson, lost 120 lbs with the Sleeve Gastrectomy

Jonathan Edwards, lost 205 lbs with the Sleeve Gastrectomy

Keisha Calizaire, lost 100 lbs with the Sleeve Gastrectomy

Meredith Ulino, lost 96 lbs with the Sleeve Gastrectomy

*Patients not listed above are bariatric patients from other Memorial Hospital affiliated groups. While weight loss is expected with bariatric surgery, no individual results can be treated at typical. Results may vary and depend on many factors.

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