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Eugene clinic for April

Our Eugene outreach clinic this month is scheduled for Monday the 19th.  If you need to be seen, or just haven’t been seen in a while, and this is more convenient for you, please phone 503-227-5050 to make an appointment.  This is a great opportunity for lap band or gastric bypass follow-up.  If you are…

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SPIDER Lap Band

On Friday, Dr Patterson became the first surgeon on the west coast to perform a lap band using the new SPIDER surgical device.  The SPIDER Band is a revolutionary device that allows surgery such as adjustable gastric banding or gallbladder removal to be safely performed through a single small incision.  This means patients have fewer…

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Bariatric Surgery and Fertility

Fertility is an important issue for women undergoing weight loss surgery.  There are strong associations between body weight and infertility, insulin resistance and diabetes.  Although fertility is not often the primary motivating factor for bariatric surgery, there is strong evidence that it improves post-operatively.  Irregular menstrual cycles and polycyctic ovarian syndrome are also very likely…

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Bariatric Surgery after 60

A common question in bariatric surgery is what is the maximum age that people should consider weight loss surgery.  Most of the studies showing bariatric surgery prolonging life have been conducted in young patients, and surgical risk increases as we age.  Never the less, bariatric surgery is now conducted very safely, and patients derive many…

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Sleep apnea

This is a bit of a pet topic here at OWLS, and one that we feel is often not adequately addressed.  Sleep apnea is common, underdiagnosed, and a preventable cause of sudden death.  It is also very difficult to loose weight when people are not able to sleep properly. Anyway, we have recently had a…

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