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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Sleep apnea

This is a bit of a pet topic here at OWLS, and one that we feel is often not adequately addressed.  Sleep apnea is common, underdiagnosed, and a preventable cause of sudden death.  It is also very difficult to loose weight when people are not able to sleep properly. Anyway, we have recently had a…

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