Monday, April 20, 2015

13-Year-Old Who Lost 60 Pounds With Weight-Loss Surgery: Her Life One Year Later

Jennifer O'NeillWriter


13-Year-Old Who Lost 60 Pounds With Weight-Loss Surgery: Her Life One Year Later

Alexis Shapiro, 13, is back at school and enjoying life post–gastric bypass after uncontrollable weight gain caused her to tip the scales at more than 200 pounds. (Photo: Jenny Shapiro)

Before 13-year-old Alexis Shapiro went through a sleeve gastrectomy one year ago — an attempt to reduce the 150 pounds she’d put on her 4-foot-7 frame after brain surgery in 2011 — her mother Jenny tells Yahoo Parenting, “I was just holding onto hope. This was our last resort.” 

So it’s no small victory for the Cibolo, Tex., family to celebrate that the once 203-pound tween is doing “remarkably” well today, having lost an impressive 60 pounds. “We’re just so excited,” says Jenny. “It’s great to see her move around better and be happier and be part of the family more — all because of her weight loss. Her life isn’t consumed by thinking about food anymore.” 


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Photo: Hope and love for Alexis/Facebook

Not too long ago, she was consumed by it. Surgery to remove a brain tumor had damaged Alexis’ hypothalamus, the body’s appetite and metabolism control center. The 9-year-old gained about two pounds a week after that, due to her resulting condition: hypothalamic obesity, which People reports is a “rare, irreversible condition that leaves her feeling constant hunger pains.” 

But then she had gastric bypass surgery at the renowned Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center last March, reducing her stomach to a quarter of its size. And that changed everything. She’s no longer diabetic, for one. And, says Jenny, the sixth-grader “has become so much more independent,” not to mention inspired. 


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Photo: Hope and love for Alexis/Facebook
“A month after her bariatric surgery, she said, ‘I want to do one of those fun run things,’” says the parent, along with husband Ian Shapiro, of three kids (daughter Kayley is 10 and son Ethan is 8). Alexis recently did it, and “is so proud of herself she wanted to put it on Facebook. She wants to keep doing these 5Ks, so we will,” vows her mom. 

Also on the agenda now? Family functions. “We can go to picnics and barbecues and don’t have to wonder, ‘What people will say?’ or [worry] that food will be an issue,” says Jenny. “She can pass up things that would have driven her crazy before, with everybody eating and food all spread out everywhere.” Before, if Alexis didn’t have the size meal that she thought she should have, “she would get frustrated and end up screaming and yelling in really horrible tantrums,” adds her mother. Today “she can have a bit of something, two tablespoons, and be satisfied.” The change allows her to be a part of things again, says Jenny. “She’s much more calm. It’s been so nice, a huge relief.” 



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Photo: Hope and love for Alexis/Facebook 

Weight struggle will always be a part of Alexis’ life, though. She takes steroids and growth hormones daily. “Hypothalamic obesity will never go away,” Jenny explains. “We manage her hormones at home and have to constantly monitor them. So we’re just watching and being cautiously optimistic.” 

The goal going forward is to maintain her weight while she grows taller. “She’s never going to be skinny but that’s OK,” adds her mom, who hopes to see her little girl living on her own someday and having a job, after she “enjoys her high school years.” Ultimately, she says, “I just want her to have as much fun as she can.” 

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dr. Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions host Support Group

Each month, Dr. Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions host a support group for patients who have opted for various types of surgical weight loss solutions.  This month, Dallas’s top weight loss surgeon staff will be on hand June 2, 2014 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Downsize Fitness in Dallas, Texas and they will be joined by a guest speaker from Celebrate Vitamins who will discuss the importance of vitamins regulating and helping weight loss.  She will also be providing visitors with samples of vitamins to try.

The weight loss surgery practice of Dr. Gregory Barnes, M.D, understands the physical and psychological importance of fighting morbid obesity.  Dr. Barnes can help you achieve life-changing healthy weight loss.  His bariatric practice, Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions serves the Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano area providing weight loss surgery for people suffering from the debilitating effects of morbid obesity.

Dr. Barnes is an experienced, board certified, compassionate surgeon who offers a variety of effective surgical procedures to help you lose weight enabling you to live a healthier, more productive life and feel more confident about your appearance.
We hope you can all join us on June 2, 2014 and visit Heather from Celebrate Vitamins.  Regulating and losing weight can be a challenging journey and one you don’t have to go through alone.

Dr. Barnes practices the latest in procedures, such as the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Banding System, and Revisional Weight Loss Surgery which are all hallmarks of the established practice in Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano.

Each of these procedures are proven to help patients lose large amounts of weight and keep the weight off.  Gregory Barnes, MD has the experience and technical skills to perform and most of his bariatric surgeries take less than an hour.  Gastric bypass patients usually go home the next day, while lap band patients routinely go home the same day.  In all cases follow up care and nutritional advice are offered as well as Support Groups like the upcoming seminar.

Dr. Barnes provides patients with all of the tools to succeed with weight loss and a comprehensive weight loss surgery treatment program.  Each program includes pre-operative assessment, weight loss treatment counseling, and regular follow-up care and support groups to help you lose weight safely and effectively.

For more information and to reserve your spot contact 214.506.2660 or email info@barnesbariatric.com.  All guests are welcome.

Information on weight loss procedures can be found at http://barnesweightlosssurgery.com.  Clinics are conveniently located at 1106 Alston Avenue in Ft. Worth, TX; 2301 Marsh Lane in Plano, TX; and 7616 LBJ Freeway in Dallas, TX.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Dr. Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions host Support Group

Each month, Dr. Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions host a support group for patients who have opted for various types of surgical weight loss solutions.  This month, Dallas’s top weight loss surgeon staff will be on hand May 5, 2014 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Downsize Fitness in Dallas, Texas.

The weight loss surgery practice of Dr. Gregory Barnes, M.D, understands the physical and psychological importance of fighting morbid obesity.  Dr. Barnes can help you achieve life-changing healthy weight loss.  His bariatric practice, Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions serves the Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano area providing weight loss surgery for people suffering from the debilitating effects of morbid obesity.

Dr. Barnes is an experienced, board certified, compassionate surgeon who offers a variety of effective surgical procedures to help you lose weight enabling you to live a healthier, more productive life and feel more confident about your appearance.
This month our family of patients and future patients will have the pleasure and opportunity of hearing from a speaker who has already had a bariatric procedure with very successful weight loss.  He will be speaking about his experiences before, during and after his surgery.  In addition, he will be sharing some tips on how to stay successful after surgery.  This is a great opportunity for everyone, from prospective pursuers of a weight loss procedure to those who are considering a weight loss procedure.

Dr. Barnes practices the latest in procedures, such as the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Banding System, and Revisional Weight Loss Surgery which are all hallmarks of the established practice in Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano.

Each of these procedures are proven to help patients lose large amounts of weight and keep the weight off.  Gregory Barnes, MD has the experience and technical skills to perform and most of his bariatric surgeries take less than an hour.  Gastric bypass patients usually go home the next day, while lap band patients routinely go home the same day.  In all cases follow up care and nutritional advice are offered as well as Support Groups like the upcoming seminar.

Dr. Barnes provides patients with all of the tools to succeed with weight loss and a comprehensive weight loss surgery treatment program.  Each program includes pre-operative assessment, weight loss treatment counseling, and regular follow-up care and support groups to help you lose weight safely and effectively.

For more information and to reserve your spot contact 214.506.2660 or email info@barnesbariatric.com.  All guest are welcome.

Information on weight loss procedures can be found at http://barnesweightlosssurgery.com.  Clinics are conveniently located at 1106 Alston Avenue in Ft. Worth, TX; 2301 Marsh Lane in Plano, TX; and 7616 LBJ Freeway in Dallas, TX.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Coffee and Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions

Coffee is considered “the nectar of the gods.”  It has been dubbed this because it smells divine, tastes like heaven and supercharges our senses.

Coffee can energize and revitalize.  It’s a morning wake me up, an afternoon pick me up and an evening indulgence.

Coffee contains caffeine, which is a stimulant and mood altering substance.  The “high” you can feel after consuming a cup of java is euphoric.

Taking a sip of this decadent liquid, for many, is a way to handle all that life has to throw at them. But sometimes coffee, the smell, the taste, or a combination of the two together, is a reminder of good times--old times.
Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions can provide the same experience to their patients as coffee can to its connoisseurs.  Weight loss can help boost a person’s self-esteem, improve your attitude and energy levels and provide the strength we all need to maneuver through the world we live in.  Weight loss can transport a person back to their former self and give them a fresh start.

The weight loss surgery practice of Gregory Barnes, M.D. understands the physical and psychological importance of fighting morbid obesity. Dr. Barnes can help you achieve life-changing healthy weight loss.

His bariatric practice, Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions, serves the Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano area, providing weight loss surgery for people suffering from the debilitating effects of morbid obesity.

Dr. Barnes is an experienced, board certified, compassionate surgeon who offers a variety of effective surgical procedures to help you lose weight enabling you to live a healthier, more productive life and feel more confident about your appearance.

For more information, questions or comments contact 214.506.2660 or visit www.barnesweightlosssurgery.com.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

Christmas is just around the corner, and for many that means we are accepting the fact that the scale will read 5-10 pounds heavier on January 1st.  However, that doesn’t have to be the case.  Courtesy of Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions here are a few tips on how to eat healthy during the holidays.

Be Realistic

Losing weight during the holidays just isn’t going to happen.  The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends.  Enjoy this time, don’t punish yourself by completely avoiding all of those goodies on the table.  Instead just set the goal of maintaining your current weight.

Exercise

Plan time for exercise.  Exercise helps relive holiday stress and prevent weight gain.  A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating.

Don’t Skip Meals

Skipping meals is the number one way to NOT lose weight.  Before leaving for a party eat a light snack like raw veggies or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite and make you much less likely to over indulge.

Portion Control

Just don’t eat until you’re stuffed, eat until you are satisfied.  Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions.  Just sit down, be comfortable and enjoy.

Take the Focus Off the Food

Turn candy and cookie making time into non-edible projects like making wreaths, dough art decorations.  Or you can plan group activities with family and friends that aren’t about food.  Play board games or go on a walking tour of decorated homes.

These are just a few ways to help you avoid the over-indulgence that comes with the holiday season.  For more information about the professionals at Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions visit http://www.barnesweightlosssurgery.com


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Top 4 Benefits of Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

The execution of bariatric surgery designed for those who aim to lose weight is one of the weight loss solutions you can take after traditional means like diet and exercise fail. Courtesy of Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions here are a few benefits to bariatric surgery:

1. Significant Weight Loss. As a result of undergoing the procedure, patients can expect to lose up to sixty-one percent excess weight within the first year after the surgery. This is a major help in preventing diseases linked to obesity aside from improving one's figure.
2. Decreased Risk of Suffering from High Blood Pressure. At least seventy percent of hypertension/high blood pressure patients stop the intake of their medications and obtain a normal blood pressure within 2-3 months after undergoing the surgery. It is also possible for those who still need to take their medications to lower their dosage, thereby reducing their risk of suffering from the side effects of the medications.

3. Short Hospital Stays. This also means fast recovery period. A lot of surgeons prefer to use the laparoscopic approach when it comes to performing bariatric surgery. It is because this approach is minimally invasive. This also results to less pain, smaller scars, faster recovery period and shorter stay in the hospital than other open forms of surgery.

4. Improved Quality of Life. Undergoing the procedure can also help in improving the quality of your life. The majority of those who undergo the procedure say that they feel better after the procedure and enjoy an improved ability to do physical and recreational activities. The improvements made by the procedure in your figure can also help in boosting your confidence.
If you’ve tried other ways to lose weight without success, then Bariatric Surgery may be right for you.  Dr. Gregory Barnes is an experienced weight loss surgeon and can determine the best and safest avenue on your journey to a new self.  Visit www.barnesweightlosssurgery.com or call 214-506-2660 to schedule a free consultation at one of our many locations in the Dallas area.

Friday, October 4, 2013

When You’re Healthy, So Is Your Bank Account

October has begun which for many people means food.  Halloween candy is just the start of the weight gain season.  Thanksgiving is right around the corner, followed by Christmas and all of the delicious home cooked food that comes with it.  That’s why now is a great time to start a diet and exercise program, so you can enjoy the holidays without the guilt.

And if that’s not enough, you can take motivation from knowing that when you work hard to be in shape, you’re saving a lot of money in the process.  Now everyone knows that the healthy stuff at the grocery store costs a little bit more, right? However, in the long run being in shape reduces risk of disease, gives you more energy, and a longer life.  But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, here’s a few ways being in shape saves you money that you may not have considered, courtesy of Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions.

Saving Money on Clothes

For those of us who find themselves going up and down a clothing size every six months, you know the cost of new clothing can really start to add up.  By adhering to an exercise and sensible diet routine, you can keep your weight and clothing size consistent which means you’ll be able to wear those $40 blue jeans longer.

Pharmacy Costs

Adults aged 18-64 who participate in regular physical activity will decrease their risk of chronic health conditions greatly.  Everything from heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure will be kept at bay which means less money spent at the pharmacy, but did you know increased activity level is also linked to better sleep habits, which saves you money on sleep aids and headache medication?

Grocery Store Woes

Now as I said earlier, everyone knows the healthy food costs more than the junk right?  What you don’t consider is that when you eat healthy over junk food, you’re likely to eat less.  So while it’s true one box of cookies costs less than the bag of fresh spinach, let’s be honest.  You’re not just getting one box.  Opting the healthy way not only makes the food you get better, but you’ll eat less and avoid that groggy, bloated feel.  Developing good eating habits will also make you less likely to make those late night trips to the fast food restaurant on the corner, that really add up to a lot of cash.
Bottom line being healthy can improve your life in ways you may have never considered.  At Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions, Dr. Barnes has long helped patients in the Dallas and Fort Worth area fight obesity.  For more information visit http://www.barnesweightlossurgery.com or call 214.506.2660 to schedule a free consultation.