surgical weight loss

Surgical Weight Loss Options at MSCI

The Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving recently welcomed Dr. Melanie Hafford to our team. An experienced surgeon, Dr. Hafford specializes in bariatric surgery and helps patients achieve their weight loss goals. Losing weight can have major health benefits; in fact, research has shown that losing as little as 10 pounds can significantly improve a person’s life. Surgical weight loss might be the option for some patients, and MSCI now offers a number of surgical weight loss options for patients to consider.

The first surgical weight loss option is a sleeve gastrectomy, or sometimes called a gastric sleeve. On average, patients who receive a sleeve gastrectomy can expect to lose between 50-60% of their excess body weight. This procedure involves removing a part of the stomach and creating a sleeve. In total, around 75% of the stomach will be removed, causing the patient to eat less food and have a decrease in hunger. However, your stomach will continue to process food and absorb food as it had before.

The next surgical weight loss procedure is a gastric bypass. One of the most common bariatric surgery procedures, a gastric bypass can help patients lose (on average) between 60 and 80% of their excess body weight. This procedure makes food take a bit of a detour through the stomach. A gastric bypass creates a “pouch” in the stomach that then connects to the rest of the digestive tract. Because the food bypasses such an extensive part of the body, patients can expect rapid weight loss.

The final procedure we offer at MSCI is lap band surgery. Comparatively speaking, lap band is very straightforward and is minimally invasive. In a lap band surgery, a band is placed around the top part of a stomach. This band limits the amount of food a person can eat. Lap band procedures can be reversed, although patients will have to also get the lap band adjusted from time to time, as well as have their physician check on the status of the band. Patients on average lose around 40% of their excess body weight.

With any of these procedures, it’s important to talk to a physician. Surgical weight loss is an option for some individuals, and there are many misconceptions about gastric surgeries. Fortunately, Dr. Hafford offers a free information session on a regular basis. If you’re interested in bariatric surgeries, contact Dr. Hafford directly by calling 972-823-3230.


Brown Fat vs Normal Fat: Getting the Skinny

When we think of fat, we typically think of expanding pant/dress sizes, unhealthy eating habits, or something similar. America is obsessed with fat, whether in regards to appearance or dieting. However, the one aspect of fat that we tend to overlook is that not all fat is bad! In fact, there are some kinds of fat that researchers think might help your health.

It was once assumed that brown fat was bad for us, but recently researchers have discovered that brown fat is actually found more often in skinny or lean people and may be able to be stimulated to burn calories. Furthermore, brown fat is also more common in children and more active in those people living in colder climates. That’s because brown fat helps individuals keep warm during the winter. But that’s not to say people have a lot of brown fat: in fact, an average 150-pound adult would only have around 2 or 3 ounces of brown fat compared to 20 to 30 pounds of fat.

Another study, conducted by senior author Dr. Labros S. Sidossis, points to a possibility that brown fat might serve as an antidiabetic tissue. A test conducted exposed a group of individuals to cold weather, which “triggered” the brown fat. Then they had their glucose levels tested, as well as insulin, hormone and oxygen levels. What the researchers found was that brown fat consumed a “significant [amount] of blood sugar.” While brown fat might not be the miracle cure to obesity or help prevent diabetes, scientists are always looking for new insights into our anatomy and biology that may unlock procedures and methods to improve our health.

So while white fat might just be the calorie-storing matter that many of us try to avoid, brown fat might help us actually lose weight and resist diseases like diabetes.

Benefits of Moderate Weight Loss: Weight Loss in Middle Aged Women

A recent study published in The Journal of the American Heart Association has linked moderate weight loss to some serious health benefits in middle aged women. The study included 417 middle-aged women over a two year period who maintained a weight loss of 10% or more of their body weight.

While many people understand the benefits of healthy weight loss, the new study reveals overlooked benefits in middle-aged women: lower LDL levels, higher HDL levels, lower triglycerides, lower blood glucose, and lower inflammation markers. Furthermore, women who had the highest risk factors at the beginning of the study also received the most benefit from weight loss. Most people who have dealt with cholesterol problems in the past should be excited about these findings; the higher HDL (commonly called good cholesterol gets and the lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, the better for many of us.

The average weight for women in this study was 200 pounds with the average age of 44.

Weight loss is an important issue facing many individuals. The study noted that middle aged women—in particular women who have had multiple pregnancies, are transitioning to menopause, or working sedentary jobs, commonly gain weight around this point in their lives. However, a 10% reduction in weight over two years can have important health benefits.

For those interested in weight loss programs, MSCI’s Ideal Protein program might be just what you need in order to reach your weight loss goals this year. While not for everyone, Ideal Protein gives many individuals an avenue to reach their weight loss goals in a healthy and medically-supervised manner. Ask your doctor today about Ideal Protein and if the program is right for you.