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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Eating Out After Bariatric Surgery

January 15, 2021

Eventually this pandemic will be over and we all will feel comfortable eating out again.  Food is a big part of life, and when you suddenly have to micromanage what you put in your mouth, it can become a bit overwhelming. One of the many lifestyle changes following bariatric surgery is to commit to eating a healthy diet. This goes beyond your own kitchen meals to what you eat at a restaurant.

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Peanut Butter & Banana Shake

January 8, 2021

Peanut butter and banana are a classic pair for a reason. Mix up this bariatric friendly protein shake to bring a fresh take to your boring shake.


  • 1 Premier Protein® Chocolate Shake
  • ½ of a Medium Banana, peeled and frozen
  • 2 Tbsp powdered Peanut Butter
  • 5 Cubes of Ice

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Recurring Polyps of the Colon – Genetic or Environmental?

January 1, 2021

As we know, a colonoscopy is the most effective way to prevent colon cancer. Routine colonoscopiesstarting at 45 years old for those with average risk and repeated every ten years, can drastically reduce the risk of developing colon cancer by finding pre-cancerous polyps before they have a chance to become malignant. These colonoscopies, while dreaded by many, have reduced the rates of colon cancer cases and deaths over the past couple decades.

If polyps or pre-cancerous growth are found in the colon, colonoscopies can also remove these growths. This is all completed during the same procedure while the patient is sedated. But for some, regardless of their risk of colon cancer, polyps may return over and over again.

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Peach Protein Smoothie

December 25, 2020

Need a fruity, protein pick me up? A cool, thick smoothie can be a satisfying breakfast or lunch. Using a low-calorie protein shake as the liquid component balances the natural sugars in the fruit helping you feel full longer and better manages a shift in blood sugar. This bariatric surgery appropriate recipe can be easily changed up by adding spices like cinnamon or swapping in other fruits or berries.

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Five Tips to Improving your Colon Health and Reducing the Risk of Colon Cancer

December 18, 2020

There are almost 150,000 cases of colon and rectal cancer each year, of which there are between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths. This makes colon cancer more deadly, in absolute terms, than breast cancer and prostate cancer. And yet, colon cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable diseases. Much of the increase in colon cancer occurrence is due to poor dietary and exercise habits that we, as a society, have adopted in the past several decades. Processed foods, amongst other poor dietary choices, have contributed to an obesity epidemic that has caused rates of colon cancer to increase dramatically through the mid-80s. Fortunately, better screening and education has mitigated some of this rise through the use of colonoscopy. As prevention is always better than even early treatment, here are our top five recommendations on reducing the risk of colon cancer.

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