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Dr. Thomas Named One of Three Surgeons Chosen For Heads Up! Program

Dr. Michael Thomas, a partner with The Surgical Specialists of Louisiana and Mississippi, was named one of the 3 surgeons in the State of Louisiana to perform weight loss surgery on Heads Up! participants. The “Heads Up” program is a five-year pilot program started by the Office of Group Benefits, the insurer for all Louisiana […]

Dr. Michael Thomas Named to Prestigious 2013 Best Doctors In America® List

Dr. Michael Thomas has been named one of the Best Doctors in America® for 2013. This highly regarded list is assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup®. Over 45,000 physicians in the United States were asked in a confidential review, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your […]

Is It True What They Say About Greek Yogurt?

It seems everyone is talking about Greek yogurt; but is it really that much healthier? And is it worth paying a higher price for it? Before we answer these questions, let’s look at how yogurt is prepared. When healthy bacteria is added to milk, fermentation takes place which causes the transformation of lactose into lactic […]

Tasty Chicken Dishes That Will Keep You On Track

We’ve been taught that the white meat of chicken is an excellent source of lean protein but what most don’t know is that it also offers numerous other nutrients! One 4-ounce serving of pasture-raised chicken breast provides about 35 grams of protein (which is 70% of the Daily Value) Also included are amino acids and […]

Progress is Being Made for Insurance Covered Obesity Treatments!

Just one day after the American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease, U.S. lawmakers introduced bipartisan bills in the Senate and House of Representatives that would require Medicare to cover more obesity treatment costs! Given the current climate of Washington, it’s amazing to see both parties working together on any health legislation. Despite the […]

Could High Fat Diets Be Causing Your Inflammation?

It’s common to associate inflammation with arthritis and joint pain. But a recent finding gives us one more reason to watch what we eat! Research conducted at Methodist Hospital in Houston found that fat tissue can become inflamed, causing numerous health problems for overweight and obese people. More importantly, certain diets, like those high in […]

American Medical Association Classifies Obesity As a Disease

At their Annual Meeting in Chicago this week, the AMA (American Medical Association) took an unprecedented step and officially endorsed obesity as a disease. This came as a surprise to many as the vote from the AMA’s House of Delegates went against the Association’s Council on Science and Public Health.

Join Surgical Specialist of Louisiana in the Walk From Obesity Charity Walk

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of American adults are obese. The number is rising in children as well, with nearly one in three kids considered overweight or obese. Whether you are experiencing obesity yourself, or have a loved one who is working towards a healthier body weight, there […]

Keeping Focused When You’ve Had It

Whether it’s the kids wearing us out, an unexpected project at work that has us burning the midnight oil, or a plateau that’s been stalling our weight loss, each of us has reached a moment where we feel like saying “I’ve had it!” For many of us, before bariatric surgery those high-stress moments led us […]

The Long Term Benefits of Gastric Banding

At Surgical Specialists of Louisiana and Mississippi, we specialize in a wide range of weight loss procedures. Adjustable gastric banding, (often referred to as Lap-Band) is another excellent tool to help patients lose weight. Research has shown that on average, patients lose 45 to 55% of their excess body weight. Lap-Band surgery has been performed […]

Gastric Bypass and Pancreatic Health

There’s some exciting new research about the gastric bypass procedure. Gastric bypass seems to be able to stop damage to the pancreas, reversing the cause of diabetes in many patients, as well as alleviating the symptoms, Cleveland Clinic researchers recently reported in the journal Diabetes Care.

The Importance of Exercise

After weight loss surgery there are two important habits that a patient must develop in order to achieve the weight loss they desire. One is to maintain a healthy diet rich in vitamins, proteins, and complex carbohydrates. The second habit is to develop an exercise routine that helps build and strengthen muscles, burn calories, and […]

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