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What’s Considered a Healthy Weight? Oct 5th, 2021

Sometimes it’s easy to recognize when you should lose some weight — maybe you have extra weight around your belly, or your clothes no longer fit like they used to. But your weight plays a much larger role in your life than appearance alone.  Dr. Chad Carlton and the LoneStar...

How Can a Duodenal Switch Help You? Sep 5th, 2021

No one wants to undergo surgery. However, it can provide the results you need when you have a significant amount of weight to lose, especially when you haven’t had success shedding excess pounds in the past. Dr. Chad Carlton and our team offer life-changing weight-loss solutions at LoneStar Bariatrics, including...

The Link Between Your Weight and Diabetes Aug 5th, 2021

Diabetes is a widespread problem in the United States. This chronic condition causes high blood sugar, which puts you at risk of other health complications, including: Heart disease, including heart attack and stroke Nerve, kidney, and eye damage Foot problems Skin conditions Hearing impairment Alzheimer’s disease There are several forms...

Possible Complications of Heartburn Jul 19th, 2021

Most people experience heartburn from time to time. Aptly named for the burning sensation that arises in your chest, heartburn occurs because stomach acid flows back into your esophagus.  Your esophagus runs from your mouth to your stomach, attaching at a junction known as the lower esophageal — or cardiac...

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea Jun 15th, 2021

Sleep apnea is a condition that causes difficulty or disrupted breathing while sleeping. This widespread disorder impacts an estimated 1 in 5 adults in the United States, and it can impact children too. But sleep apnea does more than interfere with a good night’s sleep; it also puts your health...

What Is Magnetic Surgery®? May 9th, 2021

If you’ve been putting off a bariatric procedure because of your concerns about surgery, it’s time to explore the Levita® Magnetic Surgical System. Dr. Chad Carlton uses this approach to perform laparoscopic procedures at LoneStar Bariatrics in an even less invasive manner. In this blog, Dr. Carlton explains how Magnetic...

Who Is a Candidate for the Duodenal Switch? Apr 15th, 2021

In an ideal world, weight loss would be easy. Unfortunately, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight can seem impossible for many people. In the United States alone, 42.4% — or more than one-third of adults — are obese, a condition directly linked to more than 60 chronic diseases.  Now for...

I’m Struggling to Get to My Ideal Weight Mar 14th, 2021

If you’ve been working to shed those extra pounds, but the scale refuses to budge, you’re not alone. This is a common complaint for people trying to reach their weight loss goals. That’s because successful weight loss is complicated, especially as you age. At LoneStar Bariatrics, Dr. Chad Carlton and...

How Does Magnetic Surgery® Work? Feb 9th, 2021

Minimally invasive surgical techniques offer numerous advantages for patients. But now, Magnetic Surgery® takes them one step further. This process addresses the limitations involved with traditional laparoscopic procedures, making them even less invasive than they were in the past. At LoneStar Bariatrics, Dr. Chad Carlton brings the latest techniques to...

6 Medical Conditions That Improve With a Sleeve Gastrectomy Jan 6th, 2021

When you have a significant amount of weight to lose, bariatric surgery can help you achieve success, even when other efforts have failed in the past. However, the benefits of surgical procedures like sleeve gastrectomy go far beyond simply shedding excess pounds. They can actually offer solutions for several medical...

Surviving the Holidays After Bariatric Surgery Dec 1st, 2020

Most of us associate the holidays with parties, treats, and delicious feasts. Unfortunately, that can make the season a minefield for someone who has undergone bariatric surgery. Fortunately, with a little planning, you can still enjoy this time of year without impacting your weight. Dr. Chad Carlton and his team...

Help! I'm Gaining Back All the Weight I Lost Nov 1st, 2020

Losing weight is hard, whether you rely on nonsurgical or surgical weight-loss solutions. And that’s what makes it even more frustrating when those lost pounds creep back on again. At LoneStar Bariatrics, Dr. Chad Carlton and our team understand how difficult successful weight loss can be. If you’ve had success...

Daytime Exhaustion? It Could Be a Sign of Sleep Apnea Oct 28th, 2020

If you struggle with daytime exhaustion even after catching a few extra hours of Zs, you could have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Other signs of OSA include: Snoring loudly Gasping or choking while sleeping Waking with a headache or a dry/sore throat Feeling unable to focus or concentrate Being irritable...

5 Tips for Planning Diabetes-Friendly Meals Sep 16th, 2020

Putting together a healthy diet when you have diabetes can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.  At LoneStar Bariatrics, Dr. Chad Carlton and our team offer surgical and nonsurgical solutions for weight loss and diabetes management. No matter where you are in your treatment plan, our dietitian Allison...

Benefits of Magnetic Weight Loss Surgery Aug 20th, 2020

Deciding to undergo weight loss surgery is a big step, but these minimally invasive procedures can offer numerous advantages. Plus, new and innovative surgical techniques continue providing even less invasive solutions. As a talented bariatric surgeon in Frisco, Texas, Dr. Chad Carlton brings the most cutting-edge approaches available to patients...

When to See Your Doctor About Heartburn Jul 12th, 2020

If you’ve experienced a burning pain in your chest that worsens after eating, at night, or if you bend over or lie down, you’ve probably had heartburn. This common problem affects more than 60 million Americans at least once a month and over 15 million each day. Heartburn occurs when...

Emotional Support After Weight Loss Surgery Jun 20th, 2020

Having bariatric surgery can help you lose anywhere from 50-80% of your excess weight. Because of these dramatic results, most people only plan for the physical changes that will come after surgery. But, in reality, these procedures affect your life in numerous ways that go far beyond your appearance alone....

Is a Gastric Sleeve Right for Me? May 6th, 2020

It’s never easy deciding to have surgery, even when it’s minimally invasive. But undergoing a gastric sleeve surgery can help you lose anywhere from 50-80% of your excess weight, which can significantly improve your overall health. Gastric sleeve surgery involves removing approximately three-quarters of your stomach, leaving a portion similar...

Botox® or Fillers? Which Aesthetic Treatment Is Right for Me? Apr 28th, 2020

It can take a toll on your self-confidence when you look in the mirror and see imperfections like fine lines, acne scars, and saggy skin. Fortunately, advancements in aesthetic treatments have made it easier than ever to get a younger, healthier appearance without risks, pain, or downtime. But, with so...

Recognizing the Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease Mar 1st, 2020

You may have heard of the gallbladder before. But do you know what this small, pear-shaped organ does and the role it plays in your digestion?  As an experienced surgeon at LoneStar Bariatrics specializing in bariatric procedures, Dr. Chad Carlton can help recognize gallbladder disease and offer treatment solutions to...

Weight-Loss Solutions Can Help Remedy Sleep Apnea Feb 6th, 2020

It’s no secret that carrying excess weight can lead to a wide range of health problems. But did you know it can cause sleep apnea too? Fortunately, weight loss remains one of the most effective ways of reducing sleep apnea symptoms, and that’s where we can help.  At LoneStar Bariatrics,...

Finish Off Your Weight-Loss Journey With Nonsurgical Skin-Tightening from BodyTite™ Dec 31st, 2019

From the moment you decided you wanted a healthier, fitter body, you put all your energy and enthusiasm into making nutritious dietary choices and keeping yourself active most days of the week. You worked hard and remained dedicated, tirelessly navigating the inevitable pitfalls and setbacks, until you reached your weight-loss...

Why Bariatric Surgery Works When Diets Haven’t Dec 1st, 2019

When it comes to losing weight, it’s easy to think that exercise and diet alone can get results. But it's not always that simple, especially if you have a significant amount of weight to lose. At LoneStar Bariatrics in Frisco, Texas, Chad Carlton, MD, and our experienced team specialize in...

Holiday Survival Guide: 10 Tips to Avoid Overeating Nov 5th, 2019

Mashed potatoes, candied yams, pecan pie, and spirits! Culinary temptations abound over the holidays. Though occasional overeating is typically normal and harmless, an ongoing pattern can lead to feelings of shame and can health problems such as diabetes and sleep apnea. Leading bariatric surgeon Dr. Chad Carlton, and his team...

How Weight Loss Surgery Remedies Your Type 2 Diabetes Oct 15th, 2019

Living with Type 2 diabetes significantly increases your chances of developing serious health complications, such as heart problems, vision issues, and nerve or kidney damage. Fortunately, there are ways to reverse this disease and protect your long-term health. Type 2 diabetes can develop due to a number of causes, with...

Family Friendly Approach to a Bariatric Diet and Lifestyle Apr 8th, 2019

Cooking healthy meals at home can be a great step in moving towards a healthier lifestyle. However, cooking two meals, one for you and one for your family, can be utterly exhausting. We often hear the question “Is a bariatric diet healthy for the whole family?”. The answer is yes, with...

Biliopancreatic Diversion With Duodenal Switch Jan 9th, 2019

OverviewMalabsorptive operations restrict both food intake and the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs.In this procedure, a larger portion of the stomach is left intact, including the pyloric valve that regulates the release of contents from the stomach into the small intestine. The duodenum is divided near this...

Your Diet After Gastric Bypass Surgery Jan 9th, 2019

Gastric bypass surgery changes the way your body handles food. This article will tell you how to adapt to a new way of eating after the surgery.What to Expect at HomeYou had gastric bypass surgery. This surgery made your stomach smaller by closing off most of your stomach with staples....

How Can I Tell If I Weigh Too Much? Dec 13th, 2018

Are the pounds slowly creeping on? Are you worried that your size may be affecting your health? How can you tell if you are at a healthy weight? Knowing your waist size and your body mass index BMI is the best way to determine if you are at risk to...

Health Risks of Being Overweight Nov 28th, 2018

Health Risks of Being OverweightOverweight and obesity may increase the risk of many health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. If you are pregnant, excess weight may lead to short- and long-term health problems for you and your child.This fact sheet tells you more about the links between...