Welcome to the new Central Maine Bariatrics Blog!

Welcome to the first bi-weekly blog from the Central Maine Bariatric Surgery Department. We hope to inform, encourage and inspire the people in our communities who would like to make the changes they need to become healthier. Our message is “Imagine Tomorrow – Journey to a New You.” We offer many levels of support to our patients as they embark upon their journey of weight loss, a process that includes surgery and major lifestyle changes. The staff at Central Maine Bariatric Surgery includes two skilled bariatric surgeons, Dr. Jamie Loggins, M.D., our medical director, and Dr. Stephen Bang, D.O. Dr.…Read More

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Find the Exercises that Suit You – Exercise is Essential to Keeping Fit and Maintaining Weight Loss

As we discussed in our last blog exercising regularly is essential for a healthy lifestyle. It is especially important for patients who have recently had weight loss surgery. Central Maine Bariatric Surgery (CMBS) is committed to helping our new weight loss patients get healthy and remain healthy. Achieving a healthy weight is just part of the goal: healthy nutrition and regular exercise are the keys to being fit. Our staff will discuss exercise options with you. Exercise needs to suit you — both your preferences and your capabilities. What many patients find extremely helpful is that Central Maine Medical Center…Read More

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Regular Exercise Is Essential to Keeping Fit And Maintaining Weight Loss

Exercising regularly is essential for a healthy lifestyle. It is especially important for patients who have recently had weight loss surgery. Central Maine Bariatric Surgery (CMBS) is committed to helping our new weight loss patients make the lifestyle changes necessary to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This includes healthy nutrition and regular exercise. Our staff will discuss exercise options with you. Exercise needs to suit you, your preferences and your capabilities. What many patients find extremely helpful is that Central Maine Medical Center has a Fitness Center they can use. The Fitness Center has personal trainers and other staff…Read More

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CMMC Patients Dropping Thousands of Pounds of Excess Weight, Thanks to Bariatric Surgical Procedures

Central Maine Bariatric Surgery is excited to be part of the successful weight loss of 1000 patients who have come to CMBS for bariatric surgery since the practice opened seven years ago. Yes, 1000 successful surgical procedures! It’s quite a milestone.  Bariatric surgery has been proven to be a safe and effective weight loss method for obese patients. In fact, research has shown repeatedly that it is THE most successful weight loss measure for such patients. With the average loss of about 90-100 lbs. for each patient, that means we have helped patients drop about 50 tons of weight. By…Read More

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Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery is Effective and Safe

As with any surgery, bariatric surgery carries risks. But the fact is, the risks associated with bariatric surgeries have actually decreased over the years.  Central Maine Bariatric Surgery has zero patient mortality, after 1000 procedures.  This mirrors the national average. Studies made by the American College of Surgeons credit the refinement of surgical techniques, including the use of laparoscopic surgery, to reducing the mortality rate of bariatric patients to less than 0 per 1,000. One researcher noted that the risks for bariatric surgery are now lower than that of an appendectomy! We are sharing this information because unfortunately, some people…Read More

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Weight Loss Surgery Dramatically Reduces Risk of Cancer-Related Deaths!

For years, medical research has shown that people who are significantly overweight are at a higher risk for certain cancers, including, but not limited to, breast, stomach, prostate and colon cancer. Here’s some great news: research has also shown that obese patients who opt for weight loss surgery and maintain a healthy weight reduce their risk of cancer-related death by 60 percent! Central Maine Bariatric Surgery has other great health news to tell prospective patients: with successful weight loss, chronic and serious conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and sleep apnea can be eliminated or greatly reduced.…Read More

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Weight Loss Surgery Effective in Significantly Reducing or Eliminating Type 2 Diabetes

Central Maine Bariatric Surgery is excited to be part of the successful weight loss of 1000 patients who have come to CMBS for bariatric surgery since the practice opened seven years ago. And we are especially excited because significant weight loss can bring significant health improvements — such as reducing or eliminating Type 2 diabetes. Achieving a healthy weight brings many rewards to bariatric patients, including emotional happiness, more lifestyle choices, and improved overall health. Among the health benefits is this amazing result: Medical research indicates that about 90 percent of bariatric patients with Type 2 diabetes experience immediate positive…Read More

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Weight loss patients: Take charge when you eat out!

There’s a myth about weight loss surgery that Central Maine Bariatric Surgery dietitian Ashley Edwards wants to dispel. That myth is: “If I have bariatric surgery, I will never be able to eat out again!” That is FALSE! After the seven-week post-operative phase, new weight loss patients can go out and enjoy meals with family and friends. The key is: Being prepared. Because your food needs have changed in terms of portion sizes and food choices, it is best to know ahead of time what the restaurant offers. Here’s where the Internet can help: many restaurants post their menus. Also,…Read More

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CMBS Patient Shares Her Success Story

  Susan Dutil, a patient of Central Maine Bariatric Surgery, underwent bariatric surgery two years ago. Since the procedure Susan has lost 100lbs and has gained a new outlook on life, “Losing the weight “gave me years back,” she said with an infectious smile. “I have so much energy now.”” We want to congratulate Susan on her success, she serves as a great inspiration for our patients! Read Susan’s Story

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CMBS Dietitian Has Some Tips to Break the Weight Loss Plateau!

Losing weight steadily is such a gratifying experience for weight loss surgery patients. For so many people, significant weight loss was not an attainable reality until they got help from the team at Central Maine Bariatric Surgery. But if the weight loss stalls – when people experience a “plateau” – frustration and discouragement can set in. Don’t be discouraged, says Central Maine Bariatric Surgery dietitian Ashley Edwards. “Sometimes it’s a normal part of the body adjusting to weight loss,” she says. In this case, being patient is all you need. A plateau could last up to four weeks, she notes.…Read More

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Protein Supplements: Creativity is the Key!

Just after weight loss surgery, during the early post-operative period, “People might not have much appetite,” notes Central Maine Bariatric Surgery dietitian Ashley Edwards. Another common occurrence noted by patients is a change in what is appealing to them. In those first weeks, patients will ingest most of their nutrients in a protein drink. Getting enough protein is essential, and fluid mixed with a protein supplement is easiest on the digestive system, in the early days of post-op. As Ashley notes, there are many ways to combat the boredom of drinking the same thing! While the directions accompanying the supplement…Read More