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FDA approved injection can melt away chin fat

This article was featured on KMEG14 Siouxland News.

CORRECTION: The video states that the KYBELLA™ procedure costs “around $5,000.” The correct price is $1200.

There’s a new treatment to melt away “double-chin fat,” and you don’t have to go under the knife for it.

The Kybella procedure is an FDA approved non- surgical injection, which eliminates fat below the chin.

Midlands Clinic Dermatologist Dr. Indy Chabra is one of the first dermatologists in Siouxland to offer the fat removing treatment.

“The product works by dissolving fat cells and releasing the fat, so it works in a permanent manner. So the number of injections really depends on the degree of submental fullness, how much fat there is underneath the chin. So it varies person to person. In this patient, it was 20 injections.”

The procedure costs $1200. Chabra says his patients experience visible results around their chin and areas around the neck.

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Supporting lifestyle changes

This article was featured on KMEG14 Siouxland News.

Bariatric Surgery is a complete life style change

“We look at weight loss surgery as just a tool it is not a quick fix or an easy way out,” said Megan Cleveland, Midlands Clinic. “So to really help the patients be successful with this tool, the educational program is really necessary along with the support group.”

The Educational program team includes registered dieticians, registered nurses, psychologists and bariatric surgeons.

“And so we really work together as a multidisciplinary team to help the patients not only physically but emotionally mentally prepare for the life style changes that they will have to make,” said Cleveland.

Doctors also recommend these patients join support groups to help them through these major life changes.

“If you are on a typical diet, you have the decision of either following your diet that day or not,” said Cleveland. “They don’t have that decision any longer because weight loss surgery is a permanent change to your body.”

Each group includes 10 to 30 patients and they talk about good eating habits and avoiding bad habits.

“So we really try to teach them not only alternatives of things they can do other than rewarding with food but also coping mechanisms to not use foods for comfort or to celebrate or to mourn” said Cleveland. “But to try to rely on some other things.”

Though the Midlands Clinic is one place to find a weight loss support group, you can also find other groups in the community and online.

 

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Obesity Surgery

This article was featured on KMEG14 Siouxland News.

It is no surprise that obesity can lead to a lot of complications.

Dr. Keith Vollstedt of Mercy Medical Group said, “That excess weight that we carry also contributes to pain on the joints, pain in the back, contributes to high blood pressure, acid reflux disease and getting that weight off can improve people’s overall physical condition. And hopefully reduce the use of medications or pills, and maybe some further surgeries down the road.”

This is why doctors recommend surgeries that can help with weight loss for patients who are 100 pounds overweight and have other health problems.

“Mercy and our group Midlands Clinic Office, offers a gastric by-pass, we offer a gastric sleeve resection, and we offer the adjustable gastric band.”

Each surgery has its benefits over the other and you and your doctor can decide which is best for you.

The surgeries usually require one to two nights in the hospital and up to 3 weeks of recovery at home.

Doctors also recommend time with a dietician before the surgery to create good eating habits.

But the key thing is, “When the person is ready to change their life, when they are ready to eat differently, when they are ready to give up foods, certain foods, when they are ready to start exercising, then we can have a successful operation and people are successful with the surgery.”

But remember these surgeries are not permanent, when patients fall back into old habits they will regain the weight.

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Single Site: The Scarless, Painless Surgery (KMEG)

Single Site: The Scarless, Painless Surgery (KMEG)

Single Site Surgery has become a new advancement in the medical world.

It’s the newest trend in minimally invasive surgery: the single incision laparoscopic procedure.

“All of our instruments go through this one sleeve into the abdominal cavity as opposed to three or four separate sleeves with traditional laparoscopic surgery. So this would require a slightly less than a one inch incision to place this and then our instruments would go through these ports and all go through one incision,” said Dr. William Rizk, General Surgeon at Midlands Clinic.

And Dr. William Rizk says that makes the cosmetic effect dramatically better.

“Some people refer to it as a scarless surgery because the way we make our incision in the belly button, really hides the incision surprisingly well.”

Dr. Rizk says those who have undergone this procedure experience less pain.

“This is the actual sleeve that goes, creates a tube that goes into the body and then we tighten it up against the muscle wall.”

And Midlands Clinic in Sioux City is the only surgical group performing single incision on gallbladders.

“I personally have done over 120 of these procedures. We’ve had great success. As with any laparoscopic surgery, the recovery is rapid. Most patients are back to work in one to two weeks similarly with a single incision, patients have a very rapid recovery, a return to work in one to two weeks and are very happy with their cosmetic appearance after the surgery,” said Dr. Rizk.

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