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5th Jun, 2020
1. It’s not your fault that the gastric bypass failed. I know that everybody tends to blame themselves, but the science and the evidence support a very different conclusion. The truth is that the problem is a result of the intersection between a person’s genetics and the obesogenic environment. That’s it. Huge changes in everything we grow and prepare and consume, combined with many other factors…
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2nd Jun, 2020
In a pair of large and recently completed studies, sleeve gastrectomy earned more praise as the safest thing to do if you are battling obesity. In one study of over 117,000 individuals, sleeve gastrectomy was found to result in tremendous long-term weight loss compared to non-surgical treatment. In the 2020 publication by Arterburn and colleagues, medical weight loss without surgery resulted in a grand total…
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29th May, 2020
Bowel leakage or fecal incontinence is a surprisingly common problem. But as common as it is, the fact that it's also a solvable issue 90% of the time isn't as well known. Bowel leakage affects tens of millions of Americans, and it varies a great deal in its severity. Treatments for fecal incontinence likewise vary to match the severity of a person's experience. If you're…
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22nd May, 2020
I recently received a gratifying email from the United States Patent and Trademark Office informing me that my invention of a novel device for use in surgery was granted a U.S. Patent. If you are familiar with the patent process, you may know it is a long journey. The new device, Non-Provisional Patent Serial No. 15/838,057, H & H Reference No. (88537.0006), is designed to…
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15th May, 2020
Contrary to conventional wisdom, bladder leakage is not “normal” at any age. It affects tens of millions of men and women, and it ranges from a minor nuisance to a major problem that significantly diminishes health and quality of life. Fortunately, treatments have improved greatly in recent years, to the point that the problem is solvable for at least 90% of people. Today, we’re reviewing…
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8th May, 2020
Over the last five years, we’ve had an opportunity to evaluate procedures for tightening or revising the stomach after prior gastric bypass. We’ve learned a great deal, and we’ve been able to improve the procedures that jumpstart weight loss and lead to better health. Today, I’m sharing an update to gastric bypass stomach pouch tightening without surgery. The Stretched Stomach Pouch For the millions of…
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5th May, 2020
Contrary to popular opinion, losing weight and keeping it off isn't about willpower. Not really. Mostly today it's about biology – our genetic blueprint up against an obesogenic environment. But there are people who successfully fight against all the elements of our food and environment that conspire to make us fat: people who exercise a lot every day and eat lower carbs, focusing on vegetables…
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4th May, 2020
In the midst of the global pandemic, patterns are beginning to emerge, particularly in relation to people who are most at risk of hospitalization and complications. According to the CDC, high-risk individuals include the severely obese — people with a body mass index, or BMI, over 40. It’s a telling inclusion, particularly given current demographic breakdowns on coronavirus. Increasingly, these breakdowns are tracking the BMIs…
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1st May, 2020
Bladder leakage and bowel leakage are serious problems that affect tens of millions of Americans, yet most people – and even most doctors – don’t know how to treat it. But scientists have been working for decades to solve the incontinence problem by modulating the communication lines that tell our muscles when to contract and when to relax. Unlike physical therapy or medications, the best-kept…
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25th Apr, 2020
We love sharing stories about the medical students here at Sasse Surgical in Reno, and the one about Jonathan Gevorkian is something special. A preceptorship for Jonathan snowballed into a co-author opportunity with Dr. Sasse on several key research papers, as well as a specific career path, while a secret desire to be an astronaut recently took him all the way to NASA. The Path…
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