As yet another example of ALA surgeons’ commitment to providing the best patient care possible, two of our surgeons traveled more than 3,600 miles to learn from and teach their peers.
Dr. Hans Schmidt and Dr. Toghrul Talishinskiy attended the 24th International Federation of the Surgery for Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) World Congress. The conference took place in Madrid, Spain in early September 2019.
The IFSO World Congress is one of the top conferences for bariatric surgeons. This year, some of the world’s best bariatric surgeons presented on a truly staggering array of topics.
A sampling included:
- Preoperative preparation
- Low BMI gastric bypass
- Gastric sleeve in combination with other procedures
- Post-surgical complications
- Cognitive changes after bariatric surgery
…and so much more.
Among the presenters were Dr. Schmidt and Dr. Talishinskiy, who had unique insights into a fascinating case from their patient files. They wanted to spread the lessons they’ve learned from working on the case to other surgeons from around the globe, and the IFSO World Congress was the perfect venue to do so.
At ALA, our surgeons are dedicated to staying at the top of their craft. Dr. Schmidt and Dr. Talishinskiy were able to learn new insights from other surgeons around the world, insights they took back to their colleagues at ALA and, ultimately, to their patients.
If you are considering bariatric surgery, request an appointment at Advanced Laparoscopic Associates. Our world-class surgeons will take the time to understand your needs, detail your options and help you choose a surgery or treatment plan that’s right for you.
Advanced Laparoscopic Associates congratulates our own Dr. Amit Trivedi and Dr. Sebastian Eid for their inclusion in New Jersey Monthly’s Jersey Choice Top Doctors award for 2019.
Dr. Trivedi has published numerous scholarly articles and textbook chapters, and is considered an expert in robotic surgery. He performed actress Rosie O’Donnell’s weight loss surgery, which she credits with losing more than 50 pounds and changing her life. Dr. Trivedi is Pascack Valley Medical Center’s 2019 Provider of the Year, and he even dabbles in beekeeping.
Dr. Eid is the author of more than a dozen journal articles and abstracts in such prestigious peer-reviewed journals as Surgery, Cancer and Advances in Nutrition. He gives presentations to expert audiences around the country and the globe. Included in his long list of awards over his career are multiple Jersey Choice Top Doctor awards.
The Jersey Choice Top Doctors award is the result of a rigorous screening process carried out on behalf of New Jersey Monthly magazine by Ringwood, New Jersey research firm Leflein Associates. The firm sends surveys to every doctor in New Jersey licensed for more than five years and asks them to recommend colleagues.
Dr. Trivedi and Dr. Eid have been selected by their peers for their dedication to learning and teaching, their compassion and bedside manner and, above all, their outstanding care provided to each of their patients. Advanced Laparoscopic Associates is proud of Dr. Trivedi, Dr. Eid and all of our exceptional clinical staff for making our practice one of the most successful in the state and best-loved by our patients.
If you have been considering bariatric or general surgery, request an appointment with Advanced Laparoscopic Associates. Our surgical team will sit down with you and together will come up with a personalized treatment plan that suits your situation, lifestyle and circumstances.
Advanced Laparoscopic Associates congratulates our own Dr. Hans Schmidt for a job well done. Dr. Schmidt was an invited lecturer at the 2019 GERD Symposium, which took place on June 9 at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ.
Dr. Schmidt is an acknowledged expert on the surgical management of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). At the symposium, he spoke to a large group of medical professionals about current surgical treatment options for the condition.
The annual symposium focuses on diagnostic and treatment protocols for GERD. Of special emphasis was minimally invasive surgical management, which Dr. Schmidt and Advanced Laparoscopic Associates specialize in.
GERD affects millions of people each year, leading to a lower quality of life and raising the risk of esophageal cancer. Advanced Laparoscopic Associates is one of the only practices in New Jersey that performs the LINX procedure, a safe option for the management for GERD.
If you are experiencing GERD and have tried more conservative treatment measures without success, request an appointment at Advanced Laparoscopic Associates to see if surgical management is right for you.
Sugar is sugar, right? Don’t be so sure. Packaging matters, and we’re not talking about 45-calorie packets from Starbucks. White sugar is so processed and refined that almost no nutritional value is left by the time it hits your tea or yogurt.
You have options, though. Forget the synthetic sugar substitutes. For the best nutritional bang for your buck, look to honey.
Watch Your Sugar
No one is saying an excess of sugar is good for you. In fact, overconsumption of sugar (especially added sugar, as opposed to sugar found naturally in foods) is one of the biggest public health risks of the 21st century. The average American consumes more than 150 pounds of sugar per year.
Too much sugar has been linked to:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
It is important to cut sugar where you can. But, if you like things sweet, honey is one of the best choices available.
Types of Sugar
Gram for gram, all types of sugar have the same number of calories: 4 calories. That doesn’t mean all sugars are created equal, as we mentioned earlier. Honey’s main advantage here is its chemical structure.
Honey and white granulated sugar both contain glucose and fructose (two forms of sugar), but while white sugar has them both hooked together, in honey they are in separate molecular packets.
Glucose fuels cells. Insulin brings it into the cells where it is used for energy. When it is not immediately used, glucose is converted to glycogen and stored in the liver or muscles. Fructose, on the other hand, has to be converted into a useable form by the liver, and if it is not used immediately, it gets stored as cholesterol and triglycerides, both of which can be harmful to the heart in excess quantities.
Honey having both glucose and fructose present is a clear advantage over regular sugar.
Health Benefits of Honey
Honey is easier on the body than sugar, but the benefits don’t stop there. Because it is less processed, honey can often have more beneficial compounds taken from the plants from which it is made, which are called phytochemicals. Some types of honey can have more than 70 phytochemicals.
These phytochemicals, especially the ones known as antioxidants, may provide a range of benefits. Antioxidants such as polyphenols fight against free radicals, which cause a process called oxidation that destroys cells’ DNA.
Although definitive scientific evidence is hard to come by when discussing the medicinal effects of food, some studies have suggested that honey can cut the risk of certain dangerous diseases. A 2008 study in Scientific World Journal examined data from 55 obese or overweight people, some of whom took 70 grams of honey a day for 30 days.
The patients in the study who took honey saw a slight reduction in weight and body fat. They also had reductions of total cholesterol levels and LDL cholesterol levels (the “bad” kind of cholesterol), and an increase in HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind).
Another study, this one published in 2016 in Journal of Food Biochemistry, identifies a number of phytochemicals in honey that may protect against colon cancer, and concluded that honey may decrease colon cancer cells’ tendency to reproduce. A 2018 study in Food and Function suggests honey may induce cell death in colon cancer cells.
What Type of Honey Is Best?
You want your honey to be as minimally processed and as fresh as you can get it, and it doesn’t get any fresher than straight from the hive. Watch as our own Dr. Trivedi sets up his new beehive!
Please join Advanced Laparoscopic Associates in congratulating our own Dr. Amit Trivedi. Pascack Valley Medical Center named him 2019’s Provider of the Year during the facility’s National Hospital Week celebration on May 16.
Dr. Trivedi is chair of the Department of Surgery at Pascack Valley Medical Center. He has been instrumental in bringing the Senhance Robotic Surgical System to the medical center. Pascack Valley’s Senhance system—only the sixth in the United States—represents the future of laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery.
This award, now in its third year, recognizes an outstanding physician who embodies all aspects of the hospital’s standards of performance and values. According to the medical center, Dr. Trivedi upholds its mission and vision every day and puts quality patient care as his top priority.
National Hospital Week is an opportunity for medical centers to recognize the outstanding staff—from physicians, nurses and other clinicians to administrators, operations staff and volunteers—who make a hospital run and change patients’ lives.
Advanced Laparoscopic Associates is proud to be represented by Dr. Trivedi and all of our dedicated clinical and administrative staff. Dr. Trivedi embodies our philosophies of patient-first care and relentless attention to the art and science of surgery.