Health Notes

Surgery is Never the “Easy Way Out”

by Dr. Gary Anthone on May 25, 2016

When a new patient walks into the Methodist Physicians Clinic Bariatric Surgery clinic, the first question we ask is how long they have been overweight. The number one answer we hear is ‘all my life.’

Most of the patients we see have been dieting all their life – so much so, they can’t even count the number of diets they have been on or remember a time in their life when they weren’t dieting.

So is weight loss surgery ‘the easy way out?’ Most bariatric surgeons see it as the ONLY way out – not the EASY way out. More than 90 percent of bariatric patients have surgery because there is no other way out. And by the way, surgery is NOT easy. These patients are willing to undergo a life-changing surgery to achieve a normal weight. That’s a big decision.

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Salmon. It’s one of the world’s healthiest foods!

Salmon season runs April through November, so now is the best time to get the freshest fish. No matter which variety of salmon you eat – Atlantic, Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink or Sockeye – it’s good source of high quality protein and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. It’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat, filled with Vitamins B12, D, B3 and B6, Selenium and Phosphorus.

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Your Questions Answered: “How can I satisfy my sweet tooth after surgery?”

May 11, 2016
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Q. Every time I go on a diet, my biggest vice is sweets. I try to give them up, but my sweet tooth always gets the better of me. I want my bariatric surgery and my weight loss to succeed! How can I help cure these sugar cravings while staying on course? Are low-calorie sweets […]

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Exercise: Moving to Prevent Back Pain

May 4, 2016
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Next to the common cold, low back pain is the most common reason people go see a doctor. Nearly 80 percent of people in the world will experience low back pain at some point in their life. But honestly, every human being deals with some degree of low back discomfort at times. In fact, some […]

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Two Balloons for Better Weight Loss

April 27, 2016
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There has been a lot of buzz since the FDA approved the gastric balloon six months ago. Now, this non-surgical weight loss option is available at Methodist Physicians Clinic Bariatric Surgery clinic, and it’s the only place in Omaha where “two is better than one.” The ReShapeTM Procedure is a different type of gastric balloon […]

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Recipe: Cajun Chicken Adds a Kick of Flavor to your Diet

April 20, 2016

Grilled chicken breast is a summer favorite, and a dieter’s go-to main course. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s packed with protein and a full supply of essential vitamins and minerals. Besides just the added nutrients, chicken is also known for helping control cholesterol and blood pressure, and reduces your risk of cancer. So if […]

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Exercise: Building Up for a Better Burn

April 6, 2016

You may have heard that strength training burns more calories. Did you know that is because strength training builds muscle, and muscle burns more calories? This means if you build more muscle you will also burn more calories during your cardio workout. Weights are pretty inexpensive, but for those of you on a tight budget, […]

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Surprise! These Foods are Healthy!

March 23, 2016
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Eating a variety of foods diet ensures we get the nutrients needed for good health. However, there may be foods you thought were unhealthy, but surprisingly are good for you. Check out this list of surprisingly healthy foods that are rich in nutrients and, YES, can be important part of your healthy eating plan:

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Recipe: A Lotta Enchilada

March 16, 2016
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Love Mexican food but it just isn’t on your diet? You can enjoy the same tastes you enjoy at your favorite restaurant but with fewer calories just by making them on your own! Methodist Hospital Café Chef Jeff Hammond whips up this South of the Border favorite that won’t make your diet fly south.

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Your Questions Answered: “What’s a blenderized diet?”

March 9, 2016
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Q. I’m reading a lot about the importance of liquid and blenderized diets following my bariatric surgery. But what does that really mean? Why can’t I eat normal food? A. Bariatric surgery is a big operation that makes big changes to the way your stomach and digestive system process what you eat. There are four […]

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