Dr. Bass has been trained in two medical specialties.
Having studied Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Bass has been trained to provide specialized medical care to patients suffering from obesity. Dr. Bass is qualified to educate patients on healthy lifestyles (including proper diets and exercise regimens), as well as to provide therapeutic and surgical treatments that assist patients in overcoming obesity. Because obesity can lead to other health problems and a reduced life-expectancy, early intervention and reversal of the condition is vital.
Bariatrics is a medical specialty concerned with the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity. Perhaps the most well-known facet of this area of medicine is bariatric surgery, where patients seek to overcome obesity through a variety of surgical procedures – many of which have shown to be successful, scientifically sound, and relatively safe.
Because obesity has been shown to cause severely detrimental health effects like diabetes, heart disease, various types of cancer, and other life threatening conditions, more and more patients seek the care of a bariatric surgeon. Bariatric medicine plays a vital role in helping obese patients return to a healthy weight by enabling them to pursue a healthier lifestyle that includes a proper diet and exercise regimen.
Bariatric surgeons offer a variety of treatment options and plans for those struggling with obesity. These may include the prescription of certain medications, educating patients on healthy diets and exercise plans, and the ever-increasing popularity of bariatric surgeries. Some of the surgical operations performed by bariatricians include gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding, gastroplasty surgery, and jejunoileal bypass surgery. Many of these surgeries are performed to decrease the size of the stomach, in turn decreasing the levels of the ghrelin hormone (the hormone that causes hunger). By surgically reducing the size of the stomach, the patient will be able to lose weight by limiting their daily caloric intake in a safe and healthy manner.
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Having studied General Surgery, Dr. Bass has been trained to perform a wide variety of surgeries and operations, mainly focusing on those concerning the abdomen and related organs and structures. Dr. Bass is trained to utilize minimally-invasive surgical techniques, reducing recovery time and stress on the patient's body.
General surgeons are trained to perform surgical operations on many different organs including the stomach, esophagus, pancreas, colon, gallbladder, bile ducts, liver and sometimes the thyroid gland, among others.
Some general surgeons may choose to pursue advanced training and education in further specialized areas of general surgery. These may include trauma surgery, vascular surgery, dermatological surgery, colorectal surgery or endocrine surgery, among other areas.
Although it is not mandatory to practice surgery, many general surgeons choose to pursue certification from the American Board of Surgery (ABS) in the area of “general surgery.” By becoming board-certified, physicians demonstrate a “commitment to lifelong learning and quality patient care.”
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