Blog Archive

The Link Between High Cholesterol and Gallstones Aug 1st, 2019

If you’ve had gallstones, you know how painful they can be, but did you know there’s a link between high cholesterol and gallstones? At Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, PC, we can help you if you suffer from gallstones. Our board-certified surgeon, David L. Chengelis, MD, has performed more than 2,000 laparoscopic...

Common GERD Triggers to Avoid Jul 1st, 2019

If you regularly suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you’re probably acutely familiar with heartburn (and not in a good way). You may have noticed that the symptoms occur after consuming certain foods or drinks. The pain you experience may have made you think twice about indulging in old favorite...

Why Sleeve Gastrectomy is a Great Option for Patients With a Lower BMI Jun 1st, 2019

Did you know that more than 1 in 3 adults are considered obese, having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more? If you fall into this category, you might be wondering what kind of weight loss surgical options are available to you. Many people think you have to...

The Most Common Causes of Ventral Hernias May 3rd, 2019

When you hear the word hernia, aside from pain in your abdomen, what comes to mind? A hernia is a condition that can affect both men and women. It occurs when part of the intestine or abdominal tissue pushes through a hole in the muscles of the abdominal wall. While...

Are You a Candidate for a RNY Gastric Bypass? Apr 1st, 2019

Nearly a quarter million people underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2017, according to the most recent statistics from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. For those men and women, bariatric surgery not only helps them lose excess weight, but it also helps them lead healthier lives moving forward....

The Future of Inguinal Hernia Repair Mar 8th, 2019

Inguinal hernia, often known as groin pull or groin hernia, is one of the most common problems in health care.  Inguinal hernia repair is the most commonly done procedure by a surgeon with some 800,000 done in the United States each year. With that said, surgical repair techniques are of great...

5 Risk Factors Of Developing Gallstones Mar 1st, 2019

Gallstones are hardened lumps that develop in your gallbladder. Your gallbladder is a small organ on the right side of your abdomen that’s responsible for creating and regulating bile in your body. Bile is a fluid that your gallbladder makes to help with digestion. When this digestive fluid hardens, gallstones...

Philippines Medical Mission 2019 Feb 18th, 2019

Dr. David Chengelis, a Beaumont bariatric surgeon, and a general surgeon in Royal Oak, Michigan, traveled to The Philippines for the 5th time in 6 years with the Philippine American Medical Mission Foundation of Michigan in mid February. This nonprofit group has been making annual trips to help Filipinos in...

What to Expect During Your Recovery from Sleeve Gastrectomy Feb 11th, 2019

At Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, one way we support you through your life-changing decision to opt for a sleeve gastrectomy is by ensuring you’re prepared. When you come in to see us, we fully explain your procedure and what you can expect from your recovery and beyond. Here’s a quick rundown...

How Weight Loss Surgery Can Change Your Life This Year Jan 9th, 2019

Did you know that up to 93.3 million adults in the United States are classified as obese? Add in children and adolescents and the number swells by another 13.7 million. These astounding figures leave little doubt that obesity is a national epidemic.   I’m Dr. David Chengelis, an experienced and...

How Acid Reflux Surgery Can Change Your Life Dec 5th, 2018

You settle into bed, making sure you’re propped up on a few pillows. You’ve gobbled some chewable antacid tabs and placed the bottle on your nightstand, along with ice water. As you settle in for a good night’s sleep, it begins. That roiling, gnawing, burning feeling in your chest, or...

Failed Weight-Loss Surgery? Learn Your Revision Options Nov 21st, 2018

You’ve tried everything. You’ve dieted and exercised, to no avail. You’ve had weight loss surgery, but those pounds are back. What happened? Well, in short, life happens. A study in Canada found that 27% of weight loss surgery patients needed further surgery to achieve and maintain their goals. There are...

Can Lifting Heavy Objects Really Cause a Hernia? Oct 17th, 2018

“Turn your head and cough.” If you’re a guy, you’ve probably heard this before. Do you know why your doctor performs this test? They’re assessing for a hernia. By holding the top of the scrotum and asking a man to cough, your doctor is feeling for a bulge that indicates...

Michigan Bariatric Society annual meeting in Grand Rapids. Oct 16th, 2018

The Michigan State Chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) held the 11th edition of its annual medical conference on October 4th, 2018 at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.  The event was planned by the chapter's vice president Dr. Oliver Varban of...

5 Tips For Avoiding Discomfort After Your Gallbladder Removal Sep 20th, 2018

The gallbladder is an oval-shaped, 4-inch-long organ that’s linked to your liver. Its job is to concentrate bile from your liver and release that bile into your small intestine to help break down food.When you develop painful gallstones or your gallbladder gets infected, it may have to be removed —...

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY OFFERS PATIENTS BENEFITS FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES AND HEART DISEASE Aug 30th, 2018

Heart disease and Type 2 diabetes are among the leading causes of death in the United States, and obesity is a major risk factor. Obesity is associated with a number of other chronic health conditions and impairments of quality of life, too. At Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery we offer bariatric surgery...

HEALTHCARE POLICY AND LEGISLATION May 16th, 2018

This is a very busy time in world of health care policy and legislation. The House of Representatives recently passed the American Health Care Act sending the bill to the Senate for consideration. Shortly after, May 6-9, 2017, The American College of Surgeons (ACS) held their annual Leadership and Advocacy...

MICHIGAN CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF METABOLIC AND BARIATRIC SURGERY May 9th, 2018

On October 5, 2017, I was proud to be the main organizer of the annual educational conference for the members of the Michigan Bariatric Society also known as the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.Bariatric SocietyThis event attracted over 100 doctors and allied health professionals...

Peru: Mercy Missions Apr 1st, 2018

The last week of April 2018, I ventured to Peru with Mercy Missions. We spent 4 days in the small town of Palpa performing some 70 surgeries for the locals. It was an honor to work with everyone involved with this mission. All were dedicated to helping others. Dr. Carl Pesta and Dr....

BARIATRIC SURGERY: NO NEED TO DELAY Feb 8th, 2018

Many insurance companies require potential weight loss surgery patients to participate in a pre-operative program which often mandates several months of attempted medical weight loss through dieting and monthly weight-in visits. In 2013, the AMA recognized obesity is a chronic disease.The most effective tool in treating this chronic illness is...

DR. DAVID CHENGELIS PERFORMS CHARITY WORK WITH A PHILIPPINES MEDICAL MISSION Jan 8th, 2018

Dr. David Chengelis has traveled each February of the past four years to remote areas of The Philippines to provide free surgeries to dozens of indigent patients.The trip to Asia takes more than a day and the living conditions are rustic, but the gratitude of the people he helps is...

DR. CHENGELIS NOW PRESIDENT OF THE MICHIGAN BARIATRIC SOCIETY Jan 2nd, 2018

Dr. Chengelis takes over the role of President of the Michigan Bariatric Society for a two year term 2018 -2020. He was a charter member when the MBS started over a decade ago. It has grown into one of the most active and important chapters of the American Society for...

THE TREAT AND REDUCE OBESITY ACT (TROA) Mar 28th, 2017

On March 24, 2017, Dr. Chengelis visited Capitol Hill lobbying for The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA). Dr. Chengelis was joined by lobbyist Chris Gallagher who has spent several years working tirelessly as an advocate for improving the treatment of obesity. They spent time at the offices of Michigan...