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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
When considering bariatric surgery, it’s very important to choose a reputable surgeon with a long-standing history of success. In addition, patients should only consider surgeons that are controlled in a regulated environment, unlike in Mexico.  We frequently treat patients who traveled to Mexico for bariatric surgery. Unfortunately, they often return to the United States with

Hunger and Cravings

Do you want all the wrong foods? Imagine if you could crave healthy foods and curb your hunger in a big way. Losing weight and keeping it off would be much easier, right? Well, the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is here to help! Most people do not realize that bariatric surgery, particularly the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy,
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), individuals diagnosed with diabetes spend, on average, about $13,700.00 on medical treatment, prescriptions, etc. per year. This annual expenditure is about 2.3 times more than the medical costs for people without diabetes. For instance, if Jane is diagnosed with diabetes when she’s 35 and she dies when

Eating After Bariatric Surgery

Our dedicated team of dietitians will provide instruction to patients leading up to surgery and follow-up with patients post-surgery as well. Eating post-surgery typically starts with liquids, then progresses to a soft diet, and ultimately back to a regular diet. Despite a somewhat slower dieting transition, most patients immediately notice a difference with their hunger
Although exercise is critical to a patient’s health over time, weight loss is more related to actual dietary adjustments. However, as can be expected, exercising plus the dietary adjustment will produce even greater results. Patients typically lose weight quickly after bariatric surgery but should not wait to start exercising. Post-surgery, patients report feeling excited to

Patient Advocates

Our Patient Advocate team is knowledgeable, experienced, and ready to join you on your weight loss journey. Many of our Patient Advocates have been with the practice for over 16 years. From financing to insurance to arranging travel plans, our Patient Advocates take care of it all. All it takes is one call or visit

Traveling Patients

Patients travel from all over the United States for bariatric surgery performed by our team. To assist our long-distance patients, we offer a travel concierge to assist with travel accommodations and guide patients through the entire experience. Our clinic and hospitals are both conveniently located within 10 miles of the Louis-Armstrong International Airport. Typically, traveling

Why Diets Don’t Work

Almost everyone has fallen victim to the unkept promises of a new fad diet (Keto, Atkins, Paleo, etc.). Unfortunately for those struggling with obesity, diets are a short-term solution to a life-long problem. Patients may lose 20, 30, or even 50 pounds while dieting; however, the weight will steadily creep back over time. So, why
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