The highly anticipated New Orleans East hospital is complete and ready to serve the people of New Orleans East, Gentilly and the Lower 9th Ward. For nine years since Hurricane Katrina, there's been amore>>
The highly anticipated New Orleans East hospital is complete and ready to serve the people of New Orleans East, Gentilly and the Lower 9th Ward.more>>
By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's main Republican challenger, Congressman Bill Cassidy, was among the first congressional candidates to sign up formore>>
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's main Republican challenger, Congressman Bill Cassidy, was among the first congressional candidates to sign up for Louisiana's Nov. 4 election.more>>
Police say that a man was shot multiple times following an argument over a cell phone charger. Police have now named a suspect in the shooting. New Orleans police are searching for Milton Newman, 32,more>>
Police say that a man was shot multiple times following an argument over a cell phone charger. Police have now named a suspect in the shooting. more>>
The Saints get a harsh reminder of what it's like to practice in Louisiana heat. The team was out on the practice field in Metairie on Tuesday. Along with the heat comes the return of a player who hadmore>>
The Saints get a harsh reminder of what it's like to practice in Louisiana heat. The team was out on the practice field in Metairie on Tuesday.more>>
Dashcam footage captures an amazingly acrobatic motorcycle accident. As a car switches lanes, a motorcyclist slams into the vehicle's rear bumper. The motorcyclists is launched into the air, flips andmore>>
Dashcam footage captures an amazingly acrobatic motorcycle accident.more>>
While you were sleeping, the Internet never stopped… Here's what's trending today. Mug shot, then ice cream Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is trending. Perry, facing charges of coercion and abuse of power,more>>
While you were sleeping, the Internet never stopped… Here's what's trending today.
After several rainy and stormy periods over the weekend, we are going to see more breaks for additional sunshine and a daily rain chance all this week. We are currently on the dry-side of an upper disturbance,more>>
Records are in the upper 90s and even triple digits at both the Airport and Audubon. Records will be at risk, but that would be at the extreme. I think they are safe.more>>
More New Orleans residents meet Tuesday night to discuss the priorities for city leaders this upcoming year. Mayor Mitch Landrieu is hosting several community meetings ahead of the city's budget processmore>>
From street repairs to crime concerns, New Orleans residents get the chance to sound off. Mayor Mitch Landrieu will hold a meeting in Lakeview to discuss the priorities for city leaders this upcoming year.more>>
Port Sulphur, La. - Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser isn't one to back down. As people watched his passionate pleas following man made and natural disasters over the years, many feared for his life. The combination of stress and obesity was taking a toll.
Today, Nungesser is dropping the weight and the risk.
In September 2012, Nungesser was reaching his heaviest weight, 320 pounds. He was a prime candidate for a heart attack.
"I heard it a lot," said Nungesser. "I had people send letters from all over the world, you know, your passion has come out, please calm down."
Those letters started coming in after Nungesser's national television appearances in the wake of the 2010 oil spill.
"After the BP spill, I put on an extra 20 or 30 pounds through that late night eating and not exercising," he said.
That weight was on top of the pounds he started putting on in 2007 when he took office as parish president.
"I was on a sleep apnea machine, high blood pressure medicine, cholesterol medicine and I had never had a health problem in my life. And I realized I was putting the hurricanes, the oil spill ahead of my own health," he said. "So many strangers pulled me aside and said, 'Man, you need to lose weight. You're going to kill yourself.'"
Today he is finally losing the weight. He is off the medication and the sleep apnea is gone. "You know, 60 pounds in 4 months, another 50 to go and I feel great!"
Last October, tired of losing the war with his weight, he turned to surgery. "Now looking back, that was my toughest decision, not to have surgery, not to go through it but the admission that you needed help to lose weight," he said.
That admission led to a weight loss procedure called a sleeve gastrectomy. Dr. Thomas Lavin performed his surgery.
"We take a stomach that's the size of a football and shrink it to approximately the size of a banana," explained Dr. Lavin. "We do it using a six-row stapler, where we make this long stomach tube and then I oversew on top of the staples to give it a double layer of protection, and then pull the old stomach remnant out through the belly button."
In the end, the patient cannot eat as much and there's also a significant reduction in the protein-based hormones responsible for sending hunger and cravings signals to the brain. "Just by removing the bulk of the stomach, the stomach has a lot of cells in it that produce these hormones. Well, they're gone," said Dr. Lavin.
The gastric sleeve is performed laparoscopically through small incisions in the abdomen. Those incisions accommodate a video camera and several thin instruments.
Many patients go home the day of the surgery and, according to Dr. Lavin, the average recovery time is three to seven days. He says there's no special diet or medicine. He recommends a daily vitamin, exercise and a healthy diet.
"It's a simple process," Nungesser said with a smile. "You're up within an hour, back at work within a couple days and you don't have that hunger anymore," he said. "It's something I don't have to worry about ever again. And for people that struggle with weight, it's a great thing to be able to put that behind you and enjoy life."
As with any surgical procedure, Dr. Lavin says there are risks involved, including the risk of bleeding, infection and allergic reaction. Since it is a new procedure, no longer term studies are in yet, but Dr. Lavin says he's seeing a high rate of success in his patients.
It's one of the most iconic arenas in all of sport and a distinguishing feature in the New Orleans skyline. The stadium began as the brainchild of David Dixon, a businessman and sports executive who playedmore>>
It's one of the most iconic stadiums in all of sport and a distinguishing feature in the New Orleans skyline. more>>
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A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotmore>>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."