Sasse Surgical Associates Blog

Cookies and methamphetamines

A recent New York Times opinion article by Dr. Richard Friedman points out some valuable neuroscience that explains a lot about why addictive drugs and addictive eating are pretty similar within the human brain. Both addictive foods and addictive drugs interact with the reward centers of our brain and there is an increase in the…
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Obesity is really two diseases

Most people think of it as one problem, and most positions and health authorities think of it is just a single difficult problem, but the truth is it's really two different diseases. First, obesity is a disease of too much weight gain, resulting from an excess of calories ingested and stored compared to calories burned.…
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Bariatric Surgery and Headaches

Headaches come from many causes, but one kind of headache comes from increased pressure inside the brain. This is known as pseudo tumor cerebri or more recently idiopathic intracranial hypertension. The condition is much more common in obese individuals. The increased pressure inside the brain leads to swelling of the optic nerves and can result…
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Do you need hip or knee surgery? You may be safer losing weight first.

That’s the conclusion of an important study presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting on March 14 in San Diego. Bariatric surgery performed prior to total hip or knee replacement reduced in-hospital and 90-day postoperative complications and improved patient health. In this study involving over 3,600 patients utilizing a study design to…
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