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I’ve always been a large person the majority of my life and battled with my weight for years. Had two major events happen in my life that helped me decide it was time for a change. The first was a major back injury that prevented me from working. This lead to major issues with depression and massive weight gain. I went up over 600 pounds. The second was the passing of my father. Made me re- evaluate my life and got me focused again. I needed to do something other than just diet to ensure I’d be around to take care of my mother and sisters. I looked on line and researched the options I had available. Decided on Dr. Smith and the bariatric center and went to a seminar just to see. That’s all it took and my journey began. I enrolled in the program and decided on the sleeve. It’s been 6 years since I decided to change my life and thanks to Dr. Smith and the center I have. If you are willing to your part and take advantage of all the tools they provide (support, nutrition counseling and surgical options they provide you can take control...

Bananas are one of the world's most appealing fruits. Global banana exports reached almost 18 million tons in 2015, according to the United Nations. About half went to the United States and the European market. Americans eats about 11.4 lbs. of bananas each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, making it Americans' favorite fresh fruit. Bananas may have been the world's first cultivated fruit. Archaeologists have found evidence of banana cultivation in New Guinea as far back as 8000 B.C. The banana plant is classified as an arborescent (tree-like) perennial herb, and the banana itself is considered a berry. A bunch of bananas is called a hand and a single banana is a finger.A wide variety of health benefits are associated with the curvy yellow fruit. Bananas are high in potassium and pectin, a form of fiber. They can also be a good way to get magnesium, and vitamins C and B6. Bananas’ fiber can help keep you regular and one banana can provide nearly 10 percent of your daily requirement. Vitamin B6 can also help protect against Type 2 diabetes. In general, bananas are a great weight loss food because they taste sweet and are filling, which...

There’s a saying that goes a lot like this, ‘show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are.’ You may wonder what that has to do with alopecia or hair loss? We start by doing some detective work. By taking a look at the surrounding evidence, we can make an educated conclusion about the cause of someone’s hair loss. Oftentimes, we may be experiencing anemia, hormonal imbalances, hyperthyroidism, or other health concerns. All of these have side effects that can lead to hair loss. Getting to the root cause of any type of health challenge is generally the best course of action. We are aware of at least 6 or 7 different types of alopecia. I’ll be sharing information with you in regards to the two most common types. They are androgenetic alopecia and telogen effluvium. What’s make them so different and how may they be affecting you? Androgenetic Alopecia is sometimes called male or female pattern thinning. This type of hair loss often affects the hair growth cycle. The hair follicles are being encouraged to shrink and takes longer for the new hair to appear. There’s a genetic component to this as usually hereditary. Telogen Effluvium is...

September is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) awareness month. PCOS is a hormonal disorder common among women. While the cause of PCOS is still unknown, some of the symptoms include weight gain, especially around the midsection, and infertility. We see many women who use weight loss surgery as a tool to address the symptoms of PCOS, especially if they are wanting to start a family. After weight loss surgery, we talk to our patients about when it is a good time to start a family as part of our ongoing patient education. This is a great example of how we can help address risks, side effects and related diseases that need to be taken into consideration with any weight loss surgery. Education is a significant part of our surgical weight loss program. No matter what stage of the process you are in or what diagnosis you have that accompanies obesity, we have the resources to help support your weight loss and nutritional needs.By Eric Smith, DO...

In my family, we use food for every situation of life.  Someone’s birthday?  Let’s have dinner.  Had a bad day?  Have some comfort food.  Busted your lip?  Here’s a popsicle.  New job, promotion, funeral, someone broke up with you, Sunday after church, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day – food is at the center of all of it.  It’s no surprise that by the time I was in fifth grade, I weighed right around 200 lbs.  In my adult life, I tried multiple diets hoping to lose the weight.  Weight Watchers had been the most successful.  In my early 20s, in a six month period, with Weight Watchers and a TON of exercise, I lost 60 lbs.  I felt really good about what I had accomplished and how strong I was.  I started having the “treat yo self” mentality and within another 12 months, had gained 60 lbs back…and more.  The day I gave birth to my youngest child, I weighed 334 lbs.  I was miserable; and not just because I was 9 months pregnant.  After the birth of my son, I managed to lose a whopping 17 lbs. I wanted to lose the weight, I tried to lose the weight,...

My name is Greg Emmons.  I had tried numerous diets over the last twenty years and with each diet there was failure.  My weight had ballooned up to 325lbs.  I had Type 2 diabetes was on insulin, and was taking high blood pressure and high cholesterol medications.  I had always led a very active lifestyle, but with this tremendous weight gain I found it very difficult to even accomplish simple tasks.  I attended the first weight loss seminar class at Georgetown Bariatrics and after listening to each of Dr. Smith’s team members, I felt this might be for me.  But after meeting Dr. Smith, I was sure I wanted to proceed with the gastric sleeve surgical procedure.  I researched the surgery and continued to attend the seminars and began to prepare myself for the surgery working with each member of Dr. Smith’s staff.  I was so impressed with the entire staff at Georgetown Bariatrics, this was not just another doctor’s appointment.  They were a complete team of professionals dedicated to helping me be mentally and physically ready for the journey that was ahead.I was approved for surgery and I had the surgery on April 2, 2018. It has now been...

"I am so grateful for everyone on my journey.  I feel so good and have so much energy that I don't know what to do with it all"Results may vary.  Specific results are not guaranteed and are a result of the individual customized weight loss plan for each patient, along with exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes....

I researched WLS for several years but as the mother of a medically fragile child, I was worried something would go wrong and I needed to stay here and be Hannah’s mom. But over time, my age and my weight got to a point where I needed to do something to stay and be Hannah’s mom. Thankfully, the advances in the gastric sleeve were encouraging. So the reasons for not having surgery back then became the very same reasons I wanted to have it now. Why do I recommend Georgetown Bariatrics?  Being the mom of a medically fragile child who has endured countless medical procedures and surgeries, never have I felt more educated, more prepared and more ready for anything in my life and it’s all because of the exceptional team at Georgetown Bariatrics. Dr. Smith didn’t just operate on me. He and his team educated me so I could be as successful as possible. The surgery is just the beginning. The real work is learning how to change what hasn’t worked in the past and becoming healthy again. I am forever grateful to them. Results may vary.  Specific results are not guaranteed and are a result of the individual customized weight loss plan for each patient, along with exercise, diet, and...

After losing around 120 pounds I have a different outlook on life. I am able to breathe better. I no longer have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. I am now able to do things that I couldn’t before or was severely limited to do. Having the gastric sleeve was the best decision I ever made.~ Anthony Hockensmith...