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Visceral Fat

A real problem with fat is when it lives centrally in your abdomen. This #TomTalk uses a model which illustrates 5 pounds of fat. This is called visceral fat, and it leads to metabolic syndrome problems like diabetes and hypertension. These are the problems that cause cardiac disease and sudden death. However, visceral fat is

Is Bariatric Surgery Drastic?

Many times, patients view bariatric surgery as a “last resort” because it’s viewed as a “drastic” option. However, living with obesity and diabetes is drastic. When patients learn that our Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is a short 45-minute procedure and provides the opportunity to resolve obesity related medical problems, they understand it’s the right decision for

Evolution of Bariatric Surgery

Over the last 30-40 years, bariatric surgery has undergone an incredible evolution. In the 1980s and 1990s, weight loss procedures were open surgeries with high risk and questionable long-term results. After years of technological advances, the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is a minimally invasive weight loss procedure with proven long-term results and little to no risk.

Dr Lavin’s Story

I remember my first patient, Joe. Joe struggled with diabetes and was on hundred units of insulin every day. In addition to his diabetes, Joe suffered from various other obesity related medical problems. At the time, I performed a Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass on Joe. The next day, he had normal blood sugar and no longer