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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Are You Considering Lap Band Surgery?

At Summit Medical Center, we're privileged to have some of the nation's leading lap band surgeons. As the levels of obesity in our country rise, more and more Oklahoma residents are considering bariatric options like the lap band to control their weight and improve their health. However, it's a big decision. What do you need to know if you're considering lap band surgery in Oklahoma?

What is Lap Band Surgery?

Lap band surgery is just one of many types of weight loss surgery, but it is among the least invasive and is generally the preferred approach by most doctors (when it's suitable for a patient). A lap band is essentially a sleeve that's fitted around the top of the stomach, reducing the stomach's overall size. This reduces how quickly food can be absorbed and means you feel full faster, with less food.

Who is a Candidate?

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for a lap band surgery, though. While it is among the least invasive gastric procedures, the lap band is still a surgical operation and should be used as a last resort. Only the most severely obese patients should consider bariatric surgery, and only after trying to diet and exercise under a physician's guidance. If these other measures fail, then surgery may be the best option.

Why Lap Band?

If surgery is appropriate, the lap band is preferred for several reasons. In this surgery, no part of the stomach or intestine is removed. Nothing is "stapled" inside you and the stomach is not bypassed or re-routed. This means that the surgery is far less complex or risky, especially when it can be performed laparoscopically, meaning that only a very small incision is made in the body. When possible, this results in shorter recovery time and less scarring.

Is it Permanent?

In most cases, the lap band procedure is reversible. Most other bariatric procedures are permanent, but the lap band can be removed if there is an adverse side effect. If the lap band works properly and the patient loses weight with no unexpected side effects, it is generally left in permanently.

Like other bariatric surgeries, you will need to tightly control your diet very carefully afterwards. The reduced size of your stomach will affect not only how much you can eat, but what you should eat. Although the lap band is not ideal for everyone, for many obese patients it can lead to weight loss, a longer lifespan, and better diabetes management. For many people in Oklahoma, this can be a lifesaver.

Are you considering lap band surgery? Talk to one of our specialists at Summit Medical Center to see which procedure would most benefit you. Our surgeons can explain all the details of each surgery, the side effects, and the type of lifestyle you will need to take care of your new body. Contact us today with any questions or concerns you have about lap band surgery or any other gastric procedure!


Monday, April 21, 2014

What to Look For In an Oklahoma Ophthalmologist

If you live in Oklahoma, you have access to some of the best medical care in the world. As Oklahoma's economy has grown and diversified over the 20th century, it has attracted some of the best doctors in the world. If you need an ophthalmologist, Oklahoma is now home to a huge variety, from large multi-purpose facilities, such as our own Summit Medical Center, to individual doctors with small practices. However, all this choice can make it hard to know how to choose. So if you need a specialist in ophthalmology in Oklahoma, how do you know what to look for?

First, it's important to understand what ophthalmology is and what an ophthalmologist can do for you. Most people understand that ophthalmologists are doctors who specialize in the eye, but they often get them confused with optometrists, a different kind of eye specialist.

While the two disciplines overlap, a general definition is that optometrists specialize in corrective lenses and basic eye care, whereas ophthalmologists focus more on diseases of the eye and degenerative conditions. If you want to have your vision checked and get a new pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses, chances are good that you're seeing an optometrist. You are likely to be referred to an ophthalmologist if you have signs of a more serious eye condition that may require surgery or ongoing care. Typical care provided by ophthalmologists includes treatment for cataracts, cornea disease, glaucoma, and retina failure, as well as any surgery involving the eye or treatment of the nerves therein.

That means that a majority of people will never need to see an ophthalmologist, but if you do, then it likely reflects a serious health matter. After all, there is almost nothing more sensitive or important to your daily life than your eyes and vision. So how do you decide if an ophthalmologist is right for you? Here are some things too look for:
  • Their specialty. Many ophthalmologists have a specialization – it could be diseases that impair vision or more serious types of eye diseases that can affect your overall health. Focus on doctors that specialize in your particular problem.
  • Their experience. While all eye doctors must go through extensive training in order to practice, some have more experience in the field than others. How many times have they performed your procedure before?
  • Their attitude. You should be comfortable with your ophthalmologist and feel like they listen to you and answer all your questions.

When it comes to your eye health, you can never be too careful. By choosing one of our excellent ophthalmologists, you can rest assured that you are getting the most extensive, modern treatments and the best care.

Our own Dr. Bradley Britton, M.D., is one of our best surgeons, as well as the nation's, has performed over 17,000 LASIK procedures and has been named one of the top 50 refractive surgeons in the country for the third consecutive year. When your doctor has a reputation like that, you know that you're in good hands. Call us at 405-359-2400 to ask any questions or make an appointment!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Study Reveals News about Helpfulness of Glucosamine for Knee Pain

Orthopedics is one of the most exciting and challenging medical fields to work in. It has changed a lot over the past century and, even if you go back a mere decade, you can see how far the field of study has advanced. Oklahoma City has some of the best orthopedic surgeons you can find, but there is a lot happening in orthopedics around the world, and it seems that every week there’s some sort of new discovery or development. For example, did you know that it was recently discovered that glucosamine may not lesson knee cartilage deterioration?

Glucosamine is a natural chemical compound that is found in the body, but the supplement form of the compound has been recommended for an array of medical and orthopedic problems. It has often been prescribed to help ease pain for arthritis patients, but a recent study published in a journal by the American College of Rheumatology may change the way physicians recommend the compound. A study by researchers from the University of Arizona found that oral glucosamine supplementation did not decrease pain or improve knee bone marrow lesions (more commonly known as bone bruises, a condition that is believed to be a source of pain for people with osteoarthritis) in test subjects. 

In a double-blind placebo controlled trial, 201 participants with mild to moderate pain in one or both knees were studied. Participants were treated each day with 1500mg of glucosamine hydrochloride in a 16-ounce bottle of diet lemonade, or a placebo, for a period of 24 weeks. When the results of the test were analyzed, they showed no decrease in cartilage damage in participants in the glucosamine group in comparison with the patients that were only given a placebo. There wasn’t much of a significant change in bone marrow legions. The researchers reported no change in bone marrow legions of 70% of knees, a positive change in 10%, and a worsened state in 18%. 

This study was groundbreaking; it was the first to investigate whether the supplement prevented the worsening of cartilage damage or bone marrow legions. The study showed no evidence that drinking glucosamine supplements reduced knee cartilage damage, relieved pain, or improved function in people with chronic knee pain. This study is certainly interesting, but that doesn’t mean that you should stop taking glucosamine supplements. Glucosamine levels naturally decrease as we age, and that decrease could lead to a gradual deterioration of the joint. It’s possible that supplements can still help decrease pain in other joints. The supplement has also been used to treat sports injuries, TMJ problems, chronic lower back pain, and other issues. The substance may not be able to help you with your knee joint pain, but it can still be helpful for other problems. 

If you are experiencing knee joint pain, talk to one of our specialists at Summit Medical Center and see what sort of treatment or medication would be right for you. With their expertise, you can develop a medical plan that will keep you abreast of any new developments in the field so that you can receive the best, most up-to-date care. 


Friday, April 4, 2014

Identifying Common Orthopedic Problems

When you think of common health problems, what springs to mind? Usually, most people would think of diabetes or high blood pressure, but there are other things that are surprisingly common among Americans: orthopedic injuries. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons did a study on the subject, and they found that one in four Americans have some sort of musculoskeletal impairment. In 2006, on average there were 21 million visits made to doctors because of back problems, and 12 million for knee problems. 

The citizens of Oklahoma City are no different from the rest of the county, and it’s safe to assume that there are a lot of citizens in the city that are having orthopedic problems. Orthopedics in Oklahoma City can be easy to understand once you have the right resources. If you suspect that you have orthopedic issue, it’s possible that you could have one of these common problems.


Some people think that you can only get arthritis when you’re a senior citizen, but you can definitely have problems well before then. Arthritis could be caused by a variety of things, but the symptoms of it are easy to notice. Swelling, redness, or warmth around the joints can be a sign of arthritis, especially if you notice that these problems are reoccurring. Feeling stiffness, having reduced mobility, experiencing a crunching feeling, or hearing the sound of bone rubbing on bone can all be signs of arthritis. 


Our tendons and joints age along with us and, as we get older, they are able to tolerate less stress, are less elastic, and are much easier to tear. The bursa is a sac that is filled with lubricating fluid and is located between muscle, tendon, and bone; bursitis occurs when this sac becomes swollen or irritated. The condition is common in people in people that engage in tennis, golf, skiing and pitching, but it can also be found in people who spent a lot of time raking, shoveling, or even gardening. 

Carpal-Tunnel Syndrome

Repetitive movements can be very damaging, and in a city, where most people work desk jobs or frequently use their computers, the problem can be very common. Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when the median nerve in your wrist becomes compressed because of the swelling of surrounding tendons on the nerve itself.

What You Can Do

If you think that you have an orthopedic problem, you shouldn’t hesitate to see one of our specialists at Summit Medical Center. Your doctor will be able to give you a treatment plan that can help you. There are also some changes you can make to your lifestyle now that can help improve your orthopedic health.
  • Improve your diet, and try to add some vitamin D and calcium to it.
  • If you’re physically able to, you can also to do some low impact exercises like walking, swimming or yoga.
  • Improving your diet and exercising can also help you lose weight, which could significantly help you manage your orthopedic problems better. In a state where the obesity rate has skyrocketed over the past few years, it isn’t uncommon to have orthopedic problems. The extra weight can hurt your back, knees, and joints and cause other issues. 

When trying to get the best of orthopedic issues, it's important to take care of yourself and get the best treatment possible. Call us at Summit Medical Center today to schedule an appointment at: 405-359-2400.