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Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

Colleen Smith RTR & Shantell Hayes MSN, APRN, FNP-C Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB) is a medical device used to assist in weight loss, which in turn, reduces the comorbidities associated with obesity.  The LAGB is placed around the upper part of the stomach, just below the gastroesophageal junction, creating a pouch that is approximately […]

What lifetime changes are required after bariatric surgery?

Tips on how to continue your weight loss journey: Aftercare! – continue with your post op appointments 1 week, 3 months, 6 months,12 months and every year thereafter. Continue to have your labs drawn to check important vitamins and minerals. Compliance with follow up visits gives you access to the dietitians and exercise specialists via […]

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Insurance Plan Requirements

Written By: Angie McShan – Financial Specialist Each insurance company has a unique set of requirements that must be met by the patient before a predetermination or precertification can be requested by the provider. These guidelines are specifically put into place for the patient to complete and show the insurance company their commitment to being […]

What is a S.M.A.R.T Goal?

Specific: A specific goal usually answers the 5 W’s: Who, What, Why, When and Where. A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. Measurable: To determine if your goal is measurable, ask yourself: How will I know when it is accomplished? Attainable: Your goals should be neither out […]

Why Do Labs

Written by: Sharon McLemore, FNP Typically, labs are done prior to your 3, 6, and 12 month follow-ups.  Additional interim labs or testing may be requested if special circumstances warrant them.  You may be asking yourself, why do I need to do labs so frequently my first-year postoperatively?  Eating habits change post-surgery and it is […]

Diet Saboteurs – How Can You Stay on Track?

With the New Year in full swing, it’s a great time to keep pushing through with your resolutions of staying on track with your diet and exercise to make the most of your weight loss success after bariatric surgery. Even though the holidays are over, the temptations of derailing your healthy behaviors do not completely […]