Dr. Brown explains two types of Medical Tourism and the reasons behind each. She describes the pros on cons of traveling across the border to Tijuana or other cities in Mexico to seek Bariatric Surgery. She tells stories from taking Bariatric emergencies that will help you think longer and harder about making the trip. — Medical Tourism is traveling outside … Read More
How much do you have to weigh to qualify for weight loss surgery?
It’s a common question without a straightforward answer. There is no set weight that you have to be to qualify for gastric sleeve surgery or any of the other bariatric surgery procedures. However, your doctor will want to see that you have attempted to lose weight through diet and exercise and are having trouble losing weight on your own. It’s … Read More
What the revised ASMBS Guidelines mean for Bariatric candidates.
30 years after the National Institutes of Health issued the guides lines that insurance companies and doctors rely on to determine candidacy for Bariatric surgery, the ASMBS and IFSO have issued revised guidelines. The ASMBS is the largest organization of Bariatric surgeons and integrated health professionals in the United States, and the IFSO represents 72 similar global organizations. Citing decades … Read More
82 Pounds In Six Months
Margaret is a 62 female who underwent Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass for Morbid obesity. Unlike a Sleeve Gastrectomy, the Gastric Bypass can cure heartburn rather than exacerbate it. This is why choosing the procedure best suited to your medical condition is critical. Margaret chose a gastric bypass for her weight loss journey because she suffered from severe heartburn. Six months after … Read More
Three reasons I choose Robotic Surgery for my patients
1) Small incisions for complicated surgery2) Reduced postoperative pain3) Efficiency and Reproducibility Robotic surgery has revolutionized surgical intervention for patients. Robotic surgery offers patients minor incision surgery, no matter how complicated their condition. Five tiny incisions could change your life. Improved ergonomics on the robot give me a “wrist” inside your body instead of straight laparoscopic “arms.” The robotic “wrist” … Read More
Episode 3: How Much Does Bariatric Surgery Cost?
Today I want to talk about a topic that often gets brought up in consultations or pre-consultations: the cost of bariatric surgery. This is a crucial topic to discuss because most people feel that bariatric surgery is out of their means financially, but what you don’t realize is that most insurance companies cover bariatric surgery. So let’s start with insurance. … Read More
Episode 2: Do I Qualify
One of the most Googled questions about Bariatric Surgery is, Do I Qualify. In this episode, Dr. Brown talks through all of the various qualification requirements to help you determine if you do or not. Today we’re talking about a really important topic for bariatric patients, “do I qualify?” That’s a really important question to answer because the reality is … Read More
Episode 1: Meet Dr. Maria R. Brown
Dr. Brown introduces herself and talks about how she made her way into Bariatric Surgery and why she chose this field. She also discusses what to expect from the podcast and what comes next.
Weight Loss Surgery Changed My Life
At 27 years old, morbidly obese, divorced, and depressed, I woke up and decided to make a change. I started the process with a weight loss center for bariatric surgery after hours spent on YouTube. I went through almost the entire approval process before meeting Dr. Brown. We met the week before my EGD. She answered all my questions and … Read More