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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.

Dr. Parrish Posts First Facebook Live Weight Loss Surgery Q&A Segment

As the largest social media site, Facebook has approximately two billion users, which makes it an ideal platform to talk to numerous individuals at one time. To help patients become more informed about their bariatric surgery options, Dr. James Parrish recently posted his first Facebook Live video on June 6th, which was recorded at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. In the segment, called “Ask the Doc,” Dr. Parrish answers user-posted questions about ...

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How Do I Prepare for a Gastric Banding Procedure?

We want you to have the best possible experience before, during, and following your weight loss surgery. With this goal in mind, we provide our patients with the information they need to prepare for their operation and to feel as confident and comfortable as possible with each stage of the experience. If you are planning to undergo a gastric banding procedure, there are several steps you should follow to help ensure an ...

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Dr. Parrish Discusses Bariatric Surgery Options on Good Day CenLA

Dr. James Parrish, our extensively trained bariatric surgeon, believes public outreach is an essential component of helping patients achieve healthier lives through weight loss. With this goal in mind, he spoke with the news anchors of Good Day CenLA about bariatric surgery. His first sit-down with Cindy Cespiva and Mark Hamblen occurred in January, and the discussion focused on the types of bariatric surgery available and what the lifelong weight loss program ...

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Is There a Connection Between Kidney Disease and Obesity?

Severe obesity is linked with a number of health problems. Diabetes is one of the most closely associated concerns, but other issues can also arise as a result of carrying excess weight. Additionally, some conditions may develop as a reaction to having other health problems. Our extensively trained bariatric surgeon, Dr. James Parrish, explains that this is how kidney disease and obesity are correlated with one another—through the development of other weight-related ...

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Why Do I Need to Quit Smoking Before Bariatric Surgery?

If you’re a smoker considering bariatric surgery, one of the things your weight loss surgeon will ask you to do is to try and quit before the operation. Smoking is linked with a wide range of serious health problems, including numerous types of cancer. Many obese individuals are already at a higher risk for certain cancers and other health-related conditions that are also linked with smoking, including esophageal cancer, stroke, and heart ...

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Can Bariatric Surgery Reverse Type-2 Diabetes?

As the leading form of diabetes, type-2 diabetes affects approximately 29 million Americans and can lead to serious health concerns—even death. One of the potential causes of type-2 diabetes is obesity, as excess weight can lead to insulin resistance or a poorly functioning pancreas. Fortunately, weight loss through diet and exercise or via bariatric surgery can help many individuals reduce or even eliminate type-2 diabetes. Weight loss surgery is designed to help ...

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Can Teenagers Have Bariatric Surgery?

Teens and Bariatric Surgery
Obesity is a disease that can strike individuals of any ethnicity, gender, or age. Teenagers and young people, just like adults, suffer from this serious condition, and treatment options are often more limited due to age restrictions. While weight loss surgery is considered to be one of the most effective techniques to address obesity, this operation is rarely performed on people under the age of 18. Our experienced bariatric surgeon only offers ...

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Will My Stomach Stretch After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Designed to reduce the size of the stomach, gastric sleeve surgery can help severely obese patients lose weight by limiting the number of calories that they can comfortably take in. The procedure works in part due to the smaller size of the stomach—so what happens if the stomach stretches? This is a common question our experienced weight loss surgeon hears from patients. The truth is, the stomach will stretch—it’s designed to stretch ...

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Can I Convert the LAP-BAND® System to a Gastric Bypass or Sleeve?

Patients who have had the LAP-BAND® System treatment may be interested to know that this procedure can be converted to a gastric bypass or a gastric sleeve. There are a few reasons why an individual may wish to switch from one weight loss surgery approach to another. Some patients simply lose more weight after sleeve or gastric bypass surgery than they do with the LAP-BAND® system. While the failure rate is still ...

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Is Cancer Linked to Obesity?

Excess weight and obesity can increase the risk of developing many life-threatening conditions, including cancer. The National Cancer Institute cited a recent study showing that, in 2007, an estimated 84,000 new cases of cancer occurred as a result of obesity. There are many different types of cancers, and our experienced bariatric surgeon, Dr. James N. Parrish, explains that some are more directly linked to excess weight than others. The cancers most closely ...

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