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Weight Loss: Bariatric Surgery Explained (UCLA)

UCLA Health – Dr. Erik Dutson, surgical director of the Center for Obesity and METabolic Health (COMET), provides an overview of bariatric surgery at UCLA Health. See how this minimally invasive surgery changes lives.

Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, helps you lose weight by removing or rerouting a portion of your stomach. The surgery limits the amount of food you can eat or the amount of calories your body can absorb. Research has shown that bariatric surgery can help you lose up to 85% of excess weight.

These types of procedures have also been shown to:

  • Control high blood pressure
  • Improve sexual dysfunction
  • Increase fertility
  • Increase life expectancy
  • Provide pain relief
  • Treat conditions such as type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea

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MEN’S HEALTH: YOUR “FIRST PROSTATE CHECKUP” (UCLA)

Dr. Jesse Mills, Director of The Men’s Clinic at UCLA talks about what to expect during a first prostate checkup.

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COMMENTARY

Prostate checking, especially by PSA, has been controversial in recent years.

The naysayers have cited statistics that show too many unnecessary operations on slow-growing, non-life threatening cancers lowering quality-of-life.

My old urologist was following a prostate nodule with yearly checks with PSA tests. He retired, and the enlightened, younger urologist, who replaced him, thought PSA superfluous.

A friend, also a Doctor, was similarly advised, dropped the PSA screening, developed high grade prostatic Cancer, and died of it.

I continued checking my PSA every 6 months, risking a positive test, leading to biopsy, leading to unnecessary treatment.

The UCLA prostate checkup video touts Prostate MRI as an intermediate step, and, in my mind validates my choice of continuing PSA screening.

—Dr. C