Univision / Dr. Constantino Mendieta Dr. Constantino Mendieta appears on the Univision program Delicioso March 2, 2011

March 2, 2011

Dr. Constantino Mendieta appears on the Univision program Delicioso

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RTL German TV / Dr. Nicholas Nikolov Dr. Nicholas Nikolov discusses Oscar Beauty with RTL German TV March 2, 2011

March 2, 2011

Dr. Nicholas Nikolov discusses Oscar Beauty with RTL German TV

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AmericanHealthAndBeauty.com / Uncategorized Michel’s Story: Gastric Bypass Patient Shares His Success March 2, 2011

March 1, 2011

Michel’s Story: Gastric Bypass Patient Shares His Success

After losing nearly 200 pounds, Michel is helping others lose weight and find the happiness he has in better health.

Gastric bypass surgery is a useful tool in the battle against obesity. For many who have gotten to the point that their weight is causing them serious health issues, it is the fastest solution to get their weight back on track. We had the pleasure of speaking to a patient, Michel, who told us his story of weight loss success and how he is maintaining a year after surgery.

“I weighed almost 400 pounds about year ago and I’ve lost close to 200 in a year’s time. I grew up in a Sicilian family so we’re all big eaters with big appetites. My parents are both overweight and I fought weight issues my whole life,” says Michel. He decided to make a change for himself and his family. He has a wife and 10 year old daughter and says he finally found the right center to help him both medically and mentally to face the challenge of weight loss.

Michel chose the Khalili Center for Bariatric Care in Beverly Hills and had a gastric bypass procedure in which the physician creates a very small stomach pouch and the rest of the stomach is permanently separated. This is different from gastric banding procedures like the Lap-Band which is reversible.

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Michel, Gastric Bypass Patient, Before and After his surgery

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Los Angeles Times / Uncategorized What to consider about weight-loss surgery February 28, 2011

February 28, 2011

What to consider about weight-loss surgery

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By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times

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A patient is prepared for banding surgery. Several options exist for bariatric, or weight-loss, surgery. (Brian Vander Brug, Los Angeles Times / February 27, 2011)

With record U.S. obesity rates and newly expanded Food and Drug Administration eligibility criteria for Lap-Band surgery, more and more Americans may be mulling the possibility of going beyond diet and exercise to tackle their weight and the medical problems that come with it.

Those deciding on the surgical route face the often-baffling choice of which procedure is for them. Although there are some broad guidelines, experts say, the final choice comes down to what both patient and doctor are comfortable with.

“It’s very hard to scientifically answer the question” of which procedure is right for a patient, said Dr. Mitchell Roslin, chief of bariatric surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. “Every time you answer the question, you are getting somebody’s personal bias.”

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ABC News / Uncategorized Weight Loss Surgery: Bar for Lap Band Lowered, but Is Gastric Bypass Better? February 25, 2011

February 25, 2011

Weight Loss Surgery: Bar for Lap Band Lowered, but Is Gastric Bypass Better?

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Experts Weigh Risks, Benefits of Both Procedures

By KATIE MOISSE, ABC News Medical Unit

On the heels of a Feb. 16 decision by the Food and Drug Administration to make millions more people eligible for laparoscopic gastric banding (lap band) weight loss surgery, a new study suggests the more invasive gastric bypass may be better.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, compared the effects of lap band and gastric bypass among 200 morbidly obese patients treated at the UCSF Bariatric Surgery Program. Gastric bypass led to greater weight loss, increased resolution of diabetes and improved quality of life one year after surgery, they reported today in Archives of Surgery.

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