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Can Hernia Surgery Help With Weight Loss?

Hernias are common among people over the age of 50 and especially those who are overweight or obese. A hiatal hernia is one of these common hernias. It occurs in the esophagus when a portion of the stomach pushes up into the diaphragm, the muscle wall in the abdominal cavity. Sometimes it has no symptoms, but being overweight can result in many uncomfortable issues. Let’s discover, can hernia surgery help with weight loss?

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Stacy Tidwell

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Stacy Tidwell. She was a beloved member of the Advanced Surgeons family, an amazing colleague, and a friend to us all. Stacy was always willing to lend her expertise and advice, and she was a source of strength and positivity for everyone around her. Her hard work and dedication to our organization was appreciated and admired by all who knew her. We will miss her enthusiasm, her kindness, and her willingness to help others. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time. We will honor her memory and remember her in our hearts forever.

Our office will be closed Wednesday. If you have any questions, please call our office.

We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
II Corinthians 5:8 NKJV

Our Brandi Snow Nominates Dr. Touliatos for his Military Support

In support of our military, Brandi Snow, LPN, who is in the Air Force Reserves, nominated Dr. John Touliatos for his support of her work with the military. An excerpt from Dr. Touliatos’ statement of support for the Guard and Reserve reads as follows.

We recognize the Guard and Reserve are essential to the strength of our Nation and the well-being of our communities. In the highest American tradition, the patriotic men and women of the Guard and Reserve servce voluntarily in an honorable and vital profession. They train to respond to their community and their country in time of need. They deserve the support of every segment of our society.

You can read the full statement here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Procedures and Protocols

Update April 9th, 2021: Although the statewide mask mandate expired April 9th, Birmingham city leaders have extended the citywide mask mandate through May 24th. Advanced Surgeons, PC resides in the city limits of Birmingham and will continue to require face masks for its patrons until further notice.

As we all continue to deal with the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) we are going to continue to serve our patients. We are following all guidelines provided by the state. We are open for regular office hours: Monday-Thursday from 8:15-4:30 and Friday 8:30-3:00.

We are asking that patients come in alone or come with just 1 caregiver. We ask that patients wear their own mask upon entering our lobby & be prepared to have your temperatures taken. We do have facemasks available should you need one. We offer seating in our back hallways should you request or you may wait in your car once you have registered for your appointment until it’s time for you to see your physician and we will call you to come back to our office.

For more information please visit Alabama COVID19 Information Hub.

Recognition for Dr. Wood and Dr. Christopher

Two of our terrific surgeons were recently recognized for their outstanding work in their field!

Dr. Barton Wood achieved accrediation as a Master Surgeon in Robotic Surgery (MSRS) from the Surgical Review Corporation. According to the SRC, “(His) achievement demonstrates an exemplary commitment to quality improvement and patient safety.”

Dr. Timothy Christopher was recognised as Healthcare Professional of the Year 2020 by the Shelby County Chamber.

Timothy Christopher Healthcare Hero Award

Join us in congratulating Dr. Wood and Dr. Christopher on their well-deserved awards!



Update 11/1/2020: Gov. Kay Ivey has extended the statewide mask order through November 30. Everyone who enters the office is required to wear a mask.

Our clinic will maintain regularly scheduled hours, and all necessary procedures/surgeries are being conducted to keep our patients, staff, and the general public healthy during this outbreak.

Our staff have received training on COVID-19, and will diligently carry out the recommended protocols. We will take appropriate measures to ensure that our patients are able to address their medical needs. We are asking all our patients who exhibit symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath to call our office before coming for an appointment or surgery.

We understand that fears and anxieties are elevated in our community. We will update our community if it is determined that additional actions need to be taken.

Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns during this time. You can reach us by calling (205) 595-8985.