Lose It!

I have spent the past few weeks reviewing an iPhone app called Lose It!, by Fit Now.  This app is free, and works on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.  Essentially it is a sophisticated journal for tracking food, exercise and weight, with simple included weight loss programs. I was very impressed with this app…

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On Friday, Dr Patterson became the first surgeon on the west coast to perform a lap band using the new SPIDER surgical device.  The SPIDER Band is a revolutionary device that allows surgery such as adjustable gastric banding or gallbladder removal to be safely performed through a single small incision.  This means patients have fewer…

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Bariatric Surgery and Fertility

Fertility is an important issue for women undergoing weight loss surgery.  There are strong associations between body weight and infertility, insulin resistance and diabetes.  Although fertility is not often the primary motivating factor for bariatric surgery, there is strong evidence that it improves post-operatively.  Irregular menstrual cycles and polycyctic ovarian syndrome are also very likely…

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