Support Group Minutes

  Facilitator:  Stephanie Wagner, MS, RDN Stephanie started with the two most important issues in getting back on track whenever you find you’ve regained some weight and stopped following your guidelines:  Motivation and Accountability; the “mental side” of getting back on track. Key 1:  Motivation – what motivated you a year ago is different than what motivates you today.  A year ago, or whenever you first had surgery, you were…

August 1, 2017 – Key Steps for Getting Weight Loss Back on Track's Story »

 

Facilitator: Kathi Williams, LMFT-T Kathi started with an exercise that helped show us how much we associate food with relationships. Some of those associations are good, and some are bad, but they frequently involve family and a lot are about comforting ourselves with food. Then she did another exercise where we did some “self-soothing” and talked about how good that felt. She pointed out that frequently, our self-talk is negative…

July 20, 2017 – Loss of Control Eating's Story »

 

Facilitator:  Laura Hernandez, MBA RD LD What Foods to Eat and Avoid for Joint Health If you suffer from joint discomfort in your knees, wrists or other parts of your body, you are by no means alone. Many people have dealt with discomfort in their joints, and it is so prevalent in part because it can be caused by such a wide range of factors. From repetitive use of a…

June 22, 2017 – Nutrition for Joint Health's Story »

 

Facilitator:  Dr. Hassan Saradih, Bariatrician Dr. Saradih began by showing that the body’s organs “talk” to each other through a signaling system. The organs, like the stomach, liver, intestines, pancreas, etc. send signals by secreting hormones that then send signals to the brain.  These signals either tell a person they are hungry or they are full, which is called satiety.  These two signaling pathways – the hunger pathway and the…

June 6, 2017 – The Appetite Regulation System – Simplified's Story »

 

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 and answers.    Is it normal to not have a normal menstrual cycle after surgery?…

May 18, 2017 – Frequently Asked Questions's Story »

 

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 areas we looked at include: Behavioral Health Risk factors for weight regain include: Preoperative binge…

May 2, 2017 – Clinical Pearls to Prevent Weight Regain's Story »

 

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 don’t do a good job managing our “food life” well.  She gave us some tips…

April 20, 2017 – Meal Planning's Story »

 

Facilitator:  Dr. Saradih  Dr. Saradih shared a fishbone diagram (see below) that shows different things that affect our weight after surgery, and addressed what we need to do with each area in order to maximize weight loss in the first 6 – 9 months following surgery.  Dr. Saradih also pointed out that the first 3 things he addresses when someone stops losing weight is: Stop protein shakes – need to…

April 4, 2017 – Optimizing Weight Loss's Story »

 

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      Blue 16-18 lbs Ankle weights -Allows you to change the weight from 1-5 lbs based…

March 23, 2017 – Post Op Exercise Options's Story »

 

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 of those domains. Biologically:  Physically more comfortable More energy Greater mobility Off medications - healthier…

March 7, 2017 – Changing Relationships after Surgery's Story »