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Weight Loss Support Group Meeting Minutes

May 18, 2017 – Frequently Asked Questions

Facilitator:  Dustin Huff, PA-C   Dustin is Dr. Hamilton’s Physician Assistant, and assists Dr. Hamilton in all surgeries.  He has worked with Dr. Hamilton for 4 years, and sees Dr. Hamilton’s patients post operatively.  He graciously agreed to come to support group and answer any questions our support group members had.  Below are the questions […]

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May 2, 2017 – Clinical Pearls to Prevent Weight Regain

Facilitator:  Chris Bovos, RN, CBN Taken from The Bariatric Times, November 2016   There is a lifelong threat of weight regain after surgery.  A small amount of weight regain (3 – 5%) is expected after a patient reaches their lowest weight; but maintaining that weight loss is a challenge for most patients. Some of the […]

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April 20, 2017 – Meal Planning

Facilitator: Stephanie Wagner, MS, RDN Stephanie Wagner is a dietitian who has spent the last 8 years working with bariatric surgery patients, and has developed a support website and recipe book specific for patients who have had weight loss surgery. Steph began by discussing how we frequently manage many areas of our lives well, but […]

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April 4, 2017 – Optimizing Weight Loss

The fishbone diagram below shows different things that affect our weight after surgery and addresses what we need to do with each area in order to maximize weight loss in the first 6 – 9 months following surgery.  The first 3 things to address when someone stops losing weight are to: Stop protein shakes – […]

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March 23, 2017 – Post Op Exercise Options

POST-OPERATION BEGINNER EXERCISE OPTIONS AND MODIFICATIONS Katherine Caddell (Element Fitness) – March 2017 Getting started exercising is the hardest part, but once you begin, your body will love you for it! Equipment Needed: Chair Resistance Bands – Color matters (Check package to make sure they comply) Yellow 4-6 lbs      Green 8-10 lbs      Red 12-14 lbs      […]

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March 7, 2017 – Changing Relationships after Surgery

Bariatric Support Group Date:  March 7, 2017 Facilitator:  Dr. Ravi Sabapathy Dr. Sabapathy came to talk to the group how bariatric surgery impacts relationships, both before and after surgery.  He discussed that there were 3 domains that are impacted: Biological Psychological Social Patients talked about the ways their lives had been impacted positively in each […]

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February 16, 2017 – Cooking with Healthy Fats

Bariatric Support Group Date:  February 16, 1017 Facilitator:  Diane Doolin, RN, CYT Diane Doolin is a nurse in the GI Lab at Shawnee Mission and also works as a yoga instructor.  In addition, she spends a lot of time studying healthy nutrition and does health retreats around the area.  She came to talk about healthy […]

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February 7, 2017 – How the Body Regulates Appetite

Bariatric Support Group Date: February 7, 2017 Discussion ensued about how our body regulates appetite.  Your body views food as energy.  There is a monster hormone, ghrelin, that makes you feel hungry.  It is secreted by the stomach and tells you when you need to eat.  Then there are hormones secreted by your intestinal tract […]

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January 21, 2017 – Bone Health Before and After Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Support Group Date:  January 21, 2017 Facilitator:  Chris Bovos, RN, CBN, Bariatric Coordinator Chris presented a PowerPoint on keeping your bones strong.  We reviewed that your bones have a couple of functions – providing a shape for your body and being a storehouse for calcium so they can be called on when the body […]

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January 5, 2017 – Boosting Metabolism with Resistance & High Intensity Interval Training

Bariatric Support Group Date: January 5, 2017 Facilitator:  Greg Justice, M.ED, Owner AYC Fitness Greg talked to the group about metabolism, how to boost it, and the importance of mixing strength and resistance training into your routine.  Greg started by explaining that metabolism is the total sum of all the chemical reactions that take place […]

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