Second-time weight loss surgeries become more prevalent

The number of Americans getting surgery in the hopes of solving their weight problems is up nine times what it was just ten years ago. But experts say that’s due in part to those patients who are now wanting second procedures.

“Any weight loss surgery requires some maintenance both from the physician and from the patient and, at any given point, if either one of those two parties drops the ball, we start seeing some weight regain,” says Nick Nicholson, bariatric surgeon at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano.

Nicholson says he’s seeing one to two patients a week who have had a weight loss surgery and now want another.

“Weight loss surgery is not a magic bullet. You’re going to get out of it what you put into it,” ads Nicholson.

The need for a rigid diet and exercise program after weight loss surgery is becoming more and more apparent. It’s why weight loss surgery programs like the one at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano now strongly recommend that any patient who undergoes a procedure start a lifestyle change program with a trainer immediately after their surgery.

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The Baylor Sammons Mobile Breast Imaging Center will be in Ellis County to perform screening mammograms from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 4 at Red Oak ISD Acorn Academy and March 26-27 at Midlothian ISD administration building.

Schedule an appointment by calling 214-820-1700. Baylor will file claims with insurance companies.

Call 214-820-8418.

Mammography van

Methodist Health System’s mobile mammography van will offer mammograms at Methodist Midlothian Imaging Center on Monday, March 10, and March 24. Women age 35 and older with no breast implants or current breast problems are encouraged to be screened. Methodist accepts most major insurance plans, including Medicare Part B and Medicaid. Payment is due at the time of service and payable by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard. Appointments are required.

Call 972-775-7410.

Health fair

Red Oak ISD is holding a health and information fair Saturday, April 12 at Red Oak Elementary School. Tables are provided, but tabletop displays, handouts freebies are recommended.

The school is located at 200 Valley Ridge Drive. Call 469-437-2537.