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Welcome to the blog of bariatric surgeon James Parrish, MD. On this page, you will find a wealth of information for bariatric surgery patients – past, current, and prospective. We encourage you to read through the posts below to gain more information about gastric bypass, LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding, and other types of weight loss surgery. The news and announcements below can help you to become more knowledgeable about Dr. Parrish and his practice, as well as health, nutrition, and bariatric surgery in general. For more information, please feel free to contact us today. Our friendly and helpful staff is always happy to answer any questions you may have, and can help you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Parrish.

Tips On How to Lower the Cost of Bariatric Surgery 

Our weight loss surgery team firmly believes that bariatric surgery and getting yourself on the road to better health should never be impeded by the costs associated with these procedures. If you are considering weight loss surgery and are concerned about the potential cost, it’s important to remember that there are numerous ways in which surgical weight loss treatment can be made more convenient, affordable, and suitable for a variety of budgets.  ...

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The Importance of Presurgical Counseling for Weight Loss

Bariatric surgery is an opportunity to dramatically change your life for the better and for the healthier. But an operation is a big step and understanding everything involved is essential to achieving success. This is part of the purpose of presurgical counseling for a bariatric procedure. At our practice, Dr. James Parrish uses weight loss seminars and consultations to help the patient become well-informed about the presurgery requirements, the procedure, and the ...

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Dr. James Parrish and Mid Louisiana Surgical Specialists Named in Top 50 Bariatric Websites

We consider it a duty and privilege to use our blog to communicate with patients, answering commonly asked questions, discussing various weight loss options, and announcing special events and discounts. We are therefore particularly proud to share that our website and blog were named one of the Top 50 Bariatric Surgery Blogs to follow in 2018 by Feedspot. Feedspot is an aggregator of popular blogs and websites. Its purpose is to help ...

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The Pouch Reset: Losing Weight After Weight Gain

Have you noticed a plateau in your weight loss? Or perhaps you have even gained weight back? If your stomach has stretched following bariatric surgery, a pouch reset can help you get back on track and losing weight again. Dr. James Parrish offers this noninvasive, dietary method at our practice, and it has helped many patients complete their weight loss goals. Following the nutritional guidelines set out by a bariatric surgeon is ...

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Medical Tourism and Bariatric Surgery: Why It’s Better to Stay Close to Home

It’s tempting to want to save money on the full cost of bariatric surgery by crossing the border for the procedure, especially when it may be possible to make a vacation out of the experience. However, patients should be wary of traveling to foreign countries for a weight loss operation. The post-operative recovery period is essential to achieving the desired outcome and losing the most weight as safely as possible. Follow-up appointments ...

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Does Insurance Cover Weight Loss Surgery?

Bariatric surgery can change and even save lives. Procedures like gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery have been shown to help patients lose a substantial amount of weight, reduce the effects of obesity-related diseases, and improve well-being. Fortunately, major medical insurance agencies recognize these benefits and provide coverage for weight loss techniques as part of their health plans. Depending on your plan, your insurance may cover all or part of your operation, ...

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What Are the Health Consequences of Obesity in Adults?

Obesity is considered an epidemic in the United States, with over a third of adults fitting into this category. Being obese can put individuals at a much higher risk for a wide range of conditions, including life-threatening illnesses. Fortunately, weight loss surgery can offer many benefits. Not only can bariatric surgery help people lose excess body weight and lead healthier lives, it can also help reduce obesity-related health consequences. Some examples of ...

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Is BMI Interpreted the Same Way for Children and Teens as Adults?

The Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a measurement used by physicians to help determine if someone is at a healthy weight. By inputting a patient’s height and weight into the calculator, a number is produced that suggests whether they are underweight, at a “normal” weight, overweight, or obese. The BMI is applied to both children and adults; however, it is not necessarily interpreted the same way. Our Alexandria bariatric surgeon explains: ...

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How Much Does Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery Cost?

Considered one of the most effective, and the most commonly performed, weight loss surgeries, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass offers patients struggling with obesity a way to enhance their health and well-being. One of the first questions Dr. James Parrish hears during consultations and at weight loss seminars is, “How much does it cost?” The good news is that many medical insurance plans help cover the cost of this often life-changing operation. Still, it ...

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How Much Weight Will I Lose After Gastric Banding Surgery?

The purpose of bariatric surgery is to lose weight and achieve greater health. As a result, one of the first questions many patients have about gastric banding is how much weight they can hope to lose after the procedure. Every patient’s experience is unique, and long-term success relies on a person’s ability to follow through on post-operative nutrition and fitness plans and attend weight loss support programs as needed. Still, most individuals ...

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