WLS News – March 6, 2009

Check out the March 6, 2009, edition of WLS News as we look at a new initiative spearheaded by former President Clinton to fight childhood obesity. We’ll also detail a new effort to curb the growing rate of cancers worldwide caused by poor dietary choices and a sedentary lifestyle. And, we’ll examine the benefits and risks of outsourcing your weight loss surgery to India, and highlight a new website dedicated to weight loss surgery support for duodenal switch patients. Tune in now for the latest health headlines on WLS News!

Understanding the Duodenal Switch

The Duodenal Switch (DS) is a combination weight loss surgery procedure that is both restrictive and malabsorptive. With the duodenal switch, the size of your stomach is reduced by about 70%, and part of the intestine is also switched around to change how food is digested and limit calorie absorption. This helpful article offers a primer on the duodenal switch, including the advantages and disadvantages of this innovative bariatric procedure.

WLS News – February 27, 2009

Check out the February 27, 2009, edition of WLS News as we present new research linking migraines to excess belly fat, and some surprising findings on how maternal obesity may lead to increased birth defects. We'll also update you on how the trend of childhood obesity is affecting kids' clothing manufacturers, explore the benefits and risks of outsourcing your weight loss surgery to India, and highlight another great user-submitted website for weight loss surgery support. Tune in now for the latest health headlines on WLS News!
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Weighing the Facts: Deciding about the Lap-Band

Deciding between Lap-Band®, gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or another weight loss surgery procedure can be confusing. Since every patient is different, there’s no single right answer – but one is right for you. In this informative, two-minute video, Dr. Ron Hekier and Dr. Rachael Keilin offer insights regarding the Lap-Band, including pros and cons of the procedure in comparison to the gastric bypass. Only you and your doctor can make the final decision – but Drs. Keilin and Hekier can help you understand what is involved.

Lifestyle Guru Laura Preston Joins WLS Channel Faculty

Former cosmetics industry executive turned motivational speaker, Laura Preston has joined the faculty of the Weight Loss Surgery Channel and will host a new fashion and lifestyle show to debut this spring. Each episode of The Big Do-Over will feature fresh advice on beauty, fashion, fitness and living well after weight loss surgery. A bariatric patient herself, Laura offers viewers a show full of practical and fun advice on how to create a new road map for themselves, and embrace life as if they had never been seriously overweight at all. Stay tuned for her on-air debut this spring!

WLS Journeys – Guest Gina Robinson

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Gina Robinson thought she had finally gotten her health on track when she lost 150 pounds after weight loss surgery. But several years after her operation, she found that she had become complacent about her earlier success, and as a result regained 60 pounds. Join Gina as she shares her story with host Yvonne McCarthy in the latest episode of WLS Journeys, and find out how this hospice nurse gave herself a check-up from the neck up to regain control of her weight and her health.

Chef Dave Fouts Joins WLS Channel Faculty

Charismatic cookbook author and WLS post-op David Fouts, known as the “world’s first bariatric chef,” has joined the faculty of the Weight Loss Surgery Channel and will host a new cooking show to debut this spring. After losing 200 pounds after bariatric surgery in 2002, Fouts began researching how to create pouch-friendly recipes that still tasted great. Now, as the newest member of the Weight Loss Surgery Channel faculty, his mission is to make mealtime enjoyable again for viewers who are learning new, healthy ways of eating post-op.