Dedicated to compassionate individualized care for all patients for weight loss surgery, hernias, gallbladders, and gastrointestinal disorders.
WLS Surgical Associates, PLLC is a surgical practice that is dedicated to the care of patients with a wide variety of medical problems. There is a special emphasis on the care of bariatric patients. Dr. Henke is a certified surgeon by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and has been recognized as a D Magazine Best Physician. The emphasis on care includes a genuine concern for
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Welcome to chat! We use the term weight loss surgery often but that fails to truly show how the procedures treat many different conditions. Metabolic surgery is more appropriate to treat the disease of obesity and other related conditions. Even those considered without major health concerns like high blood pressure or liver disease see different improvements. It doesn’t even address reduced risk of certain cancers. Other than weight, what are things you saw improve after surgery?
Welcome to chat! Please feel free to ask any questions. Transitions after surgery can be difficult. The way you see yourself (not changing in the mirror potentially), how others view you or treat you, people commenting on your weight loss or not to lose anymore, all can challenge or make you question yourself and your choice. Like the old SNL sketch, affirmations in the mirror are an option 😉. What are some ways you deal with these challenges?
Hi everyone. Sorry I need to delay chat until next week. My youngest’s child soccer team that I coach had a late game tonight so I am a bit behind. On the good news the Sharks had a solid opening win!
Welcome to chat! Please feel free to ask questions. This graphic explains why long term success with medical diets is so hard and why surgery is often needed to treat obesity.
Welcome to chat! No discrete topic tonight but instead a question. What would you like to be discussed this year? Any questions that really stick out or things you wished you learned earlier in your weight loss journey?
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Welcome to chat! Please feel free to ask any questions. This month we will talk a bit about avoiding holiday weight gain as we are in the middle of the season. One key is sticking to your routine. The picture below is an enemy. It is always easy to justify that little piece of candy walking by it but by the end of the day you have had a full candy bar. How do you avoid bad habits through the holidays?
Welcome to chat! Please feel free to ask questions. Weight stigma is very prevalent in society as well as healthcare with many people not recognizing the different factors that lead to obesity. It often leads to personal shame for patients and fear to even speak with a physician. It is also why many patients come as referrals from friends and not a physician. Know you should not feel shame and if you have a concern you should feel comfortable speaking to any physician. If they aren’t supportive find someone that is.
Welcome to chat. Please feel free to ask questions. This chart shows why weight loss is hard. Bariatric surgery can give you a tool for long term success.
Welcome to chat! As always, feel free to ask questions. People often are made to feel that they just didn’t try hard enough to lose weight. Continuing evidence shows it is not just what you eat vs what you burn. It is even hitting more mainstream outlets now. Bariatric surgery is often a brave choice to give you a tool to get a more level playing field.
The calories in, calories out concept is 'tragically flawed,' new research suggests A new paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition offers an alternative model to the eat-less-move-more message.
Welcome to chat everyone! Please feel free to ask questions. While some people think surgery is “cheating” to lose weight, those of you that have been through it know it is hard work. The fact is it is a tool to try to help even the playing field based on metabolism, genetics, and other factors. Yes it will restrict portions and many know about the hunger hormone ghrelin. This diagram shows some other important changes surgery induces to help with weight loss.
Welcome to chat. Please feel free to ask questions. Vitamins are critical after surgery. B12 is your energy vitamin. In addition to supplements by oral tablet, injection, or nasal spray, you should try to get some through your foods.
Welcome to July chat everyone! Hope you had a good 4th! Please feel free to ask questions. Often people forget obesity is a disease and let it define them. Here is a helpful reminder that puts people first. It also shows why long term follow up is key. Surgery is a great treatment but it is for a chronic disease that you will have to continue to work at!
Welcome back to chat everyone! Please feel free to ask questions. Whether looking for medical weight loss before or after surgery while dealing with some weight regain there have not been too many medication changes. This medication shows promise and just gained approval. Now it is trying to get insurance coverage as less than 10% of plans cover medications for weight loss. A loophole can be using this for diabetic treatment.
Newly approved drug heralded as 'game changer' in the growing national obesity crisis The CDC says 42.4% of all adults in the United States suffer from obesity.
Welcome back to May chat everyone! Hope all of you have been doing well. As always, please feel free to ask questions. Although there is limited insurance coverage for metabolic surgery, even fewer eligible patients take advantage. There can be a stigma, a fear, thoughts of failure, or any other number of reasons. Despite being safer than many other procedures, there is also the feeling of choice when compared to having gallbladder surgery or other procedures that are actively causing pain. The article below offers some resources if you are considering. As always, talking to other l8ke those on this chat that have been through surgery can help.
Bariatric Surgery Saves Lives, So Why Do People Balk? - ConscienHealth Why do so many people balk at bariatric surgery? Because it's hard and health systems make it needlessly harder. So health suffers.
Welcome to our April chat everyone! Please feel free to ask questions. Tonight I thought we would tackle the most common complaint/side effect from bariatric surgery. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) otherwise known as heartburn or acid reflux. More common after sleeve than bypass (which can treat symptoms) can be a nuisance or worse. Often treated with medication with good relief there are also home remedies. Certain foods can worsen. Can you tell anyone who might be suffering what worked for you or foods that you avoided to help?
Hi everyone, sorry for the lack of chat lately. I was unexpectedly unavailable last week. We will be changing chat moving forward. I think with all the time we spend in front of screens through the pandemic and other things there has been some fatigue and attendance has dropped some. I know timing with every other week has been hard as well. We will be switching to once a month with the plan being the first Tuesday of every month from 9pm to 10pm. I hope you all will join me then! I definitely want to continue to be a resource and hopefully give you helpful information. I will plan to see you here on April 6th!
Welcome to chat! Vitamin D is by far the most common deficiency we see. It is key to healthy bones, teeth, and muscles. Sunlight helps. Here are some vitamin D rich foods.
Welcome to chat! Hope everyone survived our winter storm without too many issues last week! Please feel free to ask questions. One of the biggest vitamins we need to carefully watch after surgery is B1 (thiamine). Early signs of depletion include numbness and tingling in the legs and hands. If treated early, those symptoms disappear. Late stages can be permanent and lead to memory loss. Your vitamins help but here are some natural sources.
Welcome back to chat everyone! Please feel free to ask questions. One of the few positives of COVID has been the ability to to telemedicine. It has helped made follow up even easier for patients. Long term weight loss maintenance is helped by long term follow up according to studies. This graphic shows that so far televisits with self reported weight has been helpful.
Welcome to chat! As always, please feel free to ask questions. We often talk about weight loss surgery but technically it is called metabolic surgery. It is a treatment for different metabolic imbalances and problems that this causes. The graph below is a bit busy but shows 10 year follow up. It demonstrates better scores in all quality of life measures for those having metabolic surgery than diet and lifestyle changes. It also shows significant decreases in macro vascular (clogged major arteries) and micro vascular (loss of circulation in legs and retinopathy) complications than medical treatment.
Welcome to chat! Please feel free to ask questions. At times it it difficult to visualize the small portions you need to get your protein in for the day when preop you are used to big portions. This helps show how much protein you can get from certain items and the calories. It also shows why peanut butter might not be a great option.
Sorry everyone for missing chat . I had something come up and could just get to it tonight. We will plan to do it next week and the following week to make up. If you have questions in between, please feel free to comment. Again sorry, unexpected issue. See you next week!
Hi everyone! Sorry for the long delay between chats. December gets pretty busy for a variety of reasons. We will restart chat every other week starting next week on 1/12. We will plan chat at 9:15pm on 1/12 and 1/26 this month. Hope to see everyone here next week! Happy New Year!
Welcome to chat everyone! Please feel free to ask questions. I try to avoid talking about COVID but truth be told obesity is a clear risk factor for severity of disease. Fortunately, we have seen a protective benefit with a decrease is severity for those that have had bariatric surgery. For those on the fence, it can be a good time to consider or come talk about treatment.
Fear of COVID-19 fueling increase in bariatric surgeries Bariatric surgery, the treatment most effective at combating obesity, is gaining popularity because of fears of the additional risks associated with COVID-19.
Welcome to pre Thanksgiving chat! Please feel free to ask questions. Some are experiencing their first Thanksgiving after surgery, some are pros, and some may be looking to do better. What are your questions or tips for how you stay on track during a holiday with such a food focus?
As one of the most experienced weight loss practices in Dallas, WLS Surgical Associates has has helped thousands of patients succeed in changing their lives.
We have developed one of the leading bariatric surgery programs in the country, as well as a well-respected general surgery practice. And, we are nationally recognized for our dedicated efforts to the safest possible surgery combined with the latest research and cutting edge technology.
We are considered a premier bariatric surgery program partly based on the following unique characteristics:
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