Tobacco Use and Bariatrics

Many of us know the health risks associated with tobacco smoking. There’s a heart attack, stroke, lung cancer, COPD, and other respiratory problems.  But did you know that the health complications from smoking are tripled or quadrupled when combined with...

Bariatric Surgery: Good for Life & Living

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles Bariatric surgeon Dr. Jonathan Ray says most patients who come to Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons and Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery do so for health and happiness. “Often it’s ‘I’m tired of this’ —...

No More Mr. Big Guy: Rocky Top Man Loses 400 Lbs.

Fort Sanders Health & Lifestyles John Dougherty was the big man in town. “There could be guys over 6 feet tall in the room, but I was always ‘the big guy’ because I weighed 625 pounds and was 5-foot-9. I wasn’t overweight – I was ‘under tall,” he said jokingly....