Obesity is a growing public health problem in the United States as well as other parts of the world. Overweight patients are more and more turning to bariatric surgery to help them lose the extra pounds and trim their waistline. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 37.5% of American adults are obese and 16% of children and teens are considered obese. With obesity costs rising, medical costs now amount to nearly $147 billion each year. Type II Diabetes, heart disease, and stroke are all some of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States and directly connected to obesity. Continue reading
According to a recent study, gastric bypass surgery patients see a dramatic impact on their heart disease risk especially morbidly obese patients. This increase has been found in the number of gastric bypass surgeries from 29,000 procedures in 1999 to more than 200,000 alone in 2012. The surgery does give people without risk, but as many studies including one from Stanford University, it can have benefits also. Continue reading
Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States and is the number one health concern among parents, according to the American Heart Association, showing to be more of a concern than drinking, smoking or doing drugs. Obesity among children leads to a wide range of physical and psychological side effects, including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, heart disease, Type II Diabetes and high cholesterol. By understanding the statistics and facts about childhood obesity, parents become educated on the growing problem, and how best to prevent it in their own children. Continue reading
The LABS study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that patients showed a great success for substantial weight loss for up to three years later following surgery. The amount of weight loss varied according to the types of surgeries the patients had. This was the same as whether the surgery affected the patient’s blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes too. The median weight for patients in this study was 284 pounds. Continue reading
According to an October 2013 study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, 77% of patients stayed on painkillers a year after weight loss surgery occurred. Ultimately, bariatric patients who already used painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin increased their intake by nearly 13% in the first year after weight loss surgery and 18% three years after the procedure. The study was conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Colorado in Denver and was supported by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Continue reading
Losing weight on your own typically relies on getting regular physical activity and eating right. But if you have been following this regime for a while and nothing is happening, more actions might need to be taken. According to a study published in Science Transitional Medicine, your lack of weight loss might be due to gut bacteria that puts a health on proper weight loss. It might also mean that gastric bypass, a type of bariatric surgery, is the solution. Continue reading
Weight loss surgery is quickly becoming a necessary action for many obese individuals in the United States and Canada. Although, weight loss surgery is commonly referred to as a “last resort,” weight loss surgery is expected to increase which coincides with the rise in obesity. Continue reading
When patients are considering undergoing weight loss surgery in Tijuana, be sure to keep in the mind the fabulous things to do in Tijuana. In Tijuana there are several things for patients to do from shopping to entertainment, Tijuana is a cultural hub in Mexico. Continue reading
CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company)Radio program recently interviewed and referenced Dr. Ismael Cabrera. The Radio program was performed in Tijuana, Mexico on the topic of Medical Tourism.
CBC’s Deborah Wilson followed one patient’s journey for weight loss surgery in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, as well has top bariatric surgeons in Mexico.
Dr. Ismael Cabrera travels from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Tijuana to perform several weight loss surgeries.