Blog Archive

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Weight Loss Surgery? Jun 8th, 2021

When you’re severely overweight, everything seems to be harder on you — walking, working, and exercising are just a few of the things that are difficult. Sometimes, it’s difficult for you to lose weight with just diet and exercise alone. But weight loss surgery can help you not only shed...

How Obesity Affects Your Overall Health May 6th, 2021

When you're carrying extra weight on your body, the easiest tasks seem overwhelmingly difficult. But obesity doesn't just affect your mobility and self-confidence — it also leads to a slew of dangerous health problems. Losing weight decreases your risk of health problems later on.  At Snow Bariatric Center, our team...

Where Do You Fall on the BMI Scale? Apr 12th, 2021

You probably know that being overweight leads to medical issues and self-esteem problems. However, it’s not just the number on the scale that tells you you’re at risk for developing problems down the road — your body mass index (BMI) plays a part as well. So, how do you know...

Which Weight Loss Procedure is Right for Me? Mar 10th, 2021

Excess weight makes every part of your body work harder. Your risk for certain conditions like diabetes and heart disease also increases. It also leads to low self-esteem and depression. Fortunately, weight loss surgery can help you get back to a healthy and happy lifestyle. At Snow Bariatric Center, our...

Understanding Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Feb 9th, 2021

Are you tired of being overweight and struggling to lose those excess pounds? Maybe you've tried every diet out there, and nothing works. Excess weight can certainly increase your risk of chronic medical problems, so losing the weight is important.  When you’re ready to consider surgical intervention to shed the...

The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Excess Weight Jan 13th, 2021

While body weight isn’t the only factor that influences your risk of sleep apnea (there are many others), experts generally agree that being overweight or obese significantly increases your risk of obstructive sleep apnea.  Dr. Robert Snow, weight loss expert and bariatric surgeon at Snow Bariatric Center, has helped many...

Does Insurance Cover Weight Loss Surgery? Dec 9th, 2020

Weight loss surgery is a serious undertaking — physically, emotionally, and financially. Without health insurance, bariatric surgery is financially inaccessible for many people, a sad fact because weight loss surgery is often a medical necessity.  For some, weight loss surgery is the last hope; the final road to freedom from...

Am I a Candidate for Lap-Band®? Nov 3rd, 2020

When you’ve been trying to lose weight for ages but nothing is working, you may feel an urge to resort to bariatric surgery. Gastric band surgery is a common type of weight-loss surgery with a high success rate and relatively low risk of complications. It can help you lose weight...

How to Maintain Weight Loss through the Holidays Oct 7th, 2020

Hello, holiday season. October, November, and December seem to creep up on us every year, and all of the sudden the halls are decked and there’s an excess of sugary treats on every kitchen counter and office snack table.  While the holidays come with lots of joy, they also come...

Is Weight-Loss Surgery Effective Long Term? Sep 6th, 2020

Weight-loss surgery can provide long-term results — if you put in the work once you’re off the table. Dr. Robert Snow of Snow Bariatric Center believes in the power of weight-loss surgery for taking control of your weight, your health, and your life. Below, learn about three different types of...

5 Ways to Safely Start Exercising When You're Overweight and Sedentary Aug 19th, 2020

Exercise can truly seem daunting, especially if you’re a true beginner. Seeing fit people lift heavy weights and run marathons may discourage or intimidate you, but Dr. Robert Snow of Snow Bariatric Center wants you to know that exercise is attainable for everyone. If you’re overweight or obese and have...

Gastric Bypass vs. Gastric Sleeve: What's the Difference? Jul 22nd, 2020

If you’re considering weight loss surgery or researching options for a friend or family member, you probably already know that several options exist. There are three main types of bariatric surgery: gastric band, gastric bypass, and gastric sleeve, plus the Obalon® Balloon System.  Dr. Robert Snow of Snow Bariatric Center...

Emotional Support and Bariatric Surgery Jun 18th, 2020

Bariatric surgery is arguably the most innovative treatment for obesity ever invented. Unfortunately, despite its stellar success rate, bariatric surgery comes with its own unique set of challenges — emotional challenges.  After weight-loss surgery, patients may feel an intense or even infuriating wave of emotions. Although this is normal, it...

Why is Losing Weight so Difficult? May 28th, 2020

Lose 10 pounds. Gain it back. Lose 15 pounds. Gain 17 back. What is the deal with weight loss?  If you seem to be stuck in a forever yo-yo cycle of weight loss and weight regain, you’ve probably struggled with feelings of exasperation and hopelessness. That’s completely normal; it can...

Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery Apr 22nd, 2020

Weight-loss surgery is a big deal: It’s exciting because you’re making a positive change in your life, but it can also feel scary. To help shake the nerves off, Dr. Robert Snow of Snow Bariatric Center recommends thorough preparation — both physically and mentally. Physically preparing for weight-loss surgery Everyone’s...

What to Expect During Your Gastric Sleeve Surgery Mar 4th, 2020

Gastric sleeve surgery is a weight-loss procedure for people who struggle with their bodyweight, which Dr. Robert Snow of Snow Bariatric Center usually reserves for patients who have a BMI of greater than 40 or who have 100 pounds of excess body weight. Dr. Snow may also recommend gastric sleeve...

5 Things You Should Know About Your BMI Feb 1st, 2020

Anyone who’s tried to lose weight before knows a thing or two about BMI. Doctors use it to get a snapshot of your health status, and it’s a great tool for measuring weight-loss progress. But some people either rely too heavily on this one marker or discount it completely —...

Myths You Need to Know About Lap-Band® Surgery Jan 1st, 2020

When chronic obesity is an issue, you may need to consider medical weight loss assistance in the form of bariatric surgery. This isn’t a single procedure, but rather a collection of related techniques that help you lose weight by limiting how much you can consume, changing the way your body...

6 Reasons to Make Weight Loss a Priority in the New Year Dec 1st, 2019

After the holiday season brings another year to a close, you can always rely on the new year to wipe the slate clean and give you a fresh start. This annual process of leaving unfulfilled intentions in the past makes it easier for pretty much everyone to envision brighter possibilities...

Tips for Recovering From Weight Loss Surgery Quickly Nov 1st, 2019

After weight loss surgery, it’s natural to be excited about returning to real life and showing off your new results. However, it’s important that you take the right steps and use caution.  Take a moment to learn more as Dr. Robert Snow of Snow Bariatric Center shares these six important...

Myths and Facts About Surgical Weight Loss Oct 1st, 2019

Obesity is more than carrying around excess weight. Obesity, which is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, is considered a chronic disease. Unfortunately, nearly 40% of Americans fit into this category. If you’re one of them, we can help.  Dr. Robert Snow, at Snow...

Losing Weight Lowers Your Risk of These Common Conditions Sep 1st, 2019

The number on your scale not only says much about the current state of your health, but your future health as well. Being overweight or obese puts you at higher risk for a diverse array of diagnoses — some minor, others serious.  Dr. Robert Snow and our team at the...

What’s Included in Weight-Loss Surgery Aftercare? Aug 2nd, 2019

What’s Included in Weight-Loss Surgery Aftercare? You can expect to lose a significant amount of weight over a period of 18-24 months with weight-loss surgery. In addition to causing dramatic physical changes, your weight loss affects all aspects of your life. While you welcome the effects of your procedure, these...

Tips for Maintaining Your Weight-Loss Results Jul 23rd, 2019

Weight-loss surgery may be the best decision you’ve ever made for your life. Besides a slimmer waist, it can lower your high blood pressure and can even improve your arthritis. There are so many benefits. But if you’re not careful, you can easily undo all the positive changes. That’s why...

Surgical Weight Loss: Deciding Which Option Is Right for You Jun 12th, 2019

Trying to lose weight can be very frustrating. A combination of exercise and diet can help some people lose weight, but for others, it just isn’t enough. The good news is, there are a number of surgical weight loss options that can help you lose that stubborn weight and get...

Experiencing a Weight Loss Plateau? It May Be Time to Reset Your Gastric Sleeve Reset May 20th, 2019

You're doing your best to live a healthy lifestyle after your gastric band surgery. You’re going to the gym five times a week and you're watching what you eat. Maybe you’re even taking yoga or pilates. The point is, you’re being good. But the number on the scale isn't changing....

When is Gastric Band Revision Surgery Necessary Apr 1st, 2019

The gastric band procedure is a popular weight loss surgery for many reasons. Gastric band bariatric surgery is minimally invasive, can be reversed, and offers a 40-60% weight reduction with proper aftercare. Sometimes, however, results fall short for one or more reasons. Revision surgery gives you another chance at reaping...

Sleeve Gastrectomy and BMI: Let’s Talk Numbers Mar 15th, 2019

While we’re loath to start any conversation with scare tactics, when it comes to obesity, the numbers can’t be ignored. A person’s chances of developing life-threatening diseases jumps exponentially with each point over 30 in measuring body mass index (BMI). Luckily, there are solutions that deliver dramatic results, such as...

Added Benefit: Bariatric Surgery can Help Control Type 2 Diabetes Feb 4th, 2019

One of the first things you’ll likely hear when diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is that you need to make changes in your diet and exercise routine and, most importantly, lose weight. The link between excessive weight and type 2 diabetes has been clear for many decades. It’s easy to...