Support Group Minutes

Stephanie Wagner is a bariatric dietitian who has her own website and blog to assist bariatric patients before and after surgery achieve their goals. She came to address all the popular fad diets that folks are hearing about on social media sites and if they are effective or safe for patients after bariatric surgery.  Her website is www.foodcoach.me. The latest diet programs most frequently mentioned on social media are: Keto…

October 2nd, 2018 – Fad Diets: Are They Okay After Surgery?'s Story »

 

  Dr. Sabapathy started by defining body image as “…the perception of how we see ourselves or are taught to see ourselves.”  It is linked to our self-esteem and shaped by our experiences.  It is not gender based, and is usually either positive or negative.  We tend to see the following characteristics with a positive self image: Confidence Trust in ourselves Respect for our bodies and what they can do…

September 18th, 2018 – Mind Over Body Image's Story »

 

Rachelle is one of our patients who had a gastric sleeve surgery about 2 years ago.  She came to share her journey and her experience with walking 60 miles in 3 days only 3 months after surgery. Rachelle had a lap band placed elsewhere a number of years ago, and had problem with vomiting after eating for years.  She eventually came to us and had the band removed.  During the…

September 4th, 2018 – Rachelle Vigna’s Journey and the Susan G. Komen Event's Story »

 

Facilitated by: Dr. Eveloff, Sleep Medicine Dr. Eveloff is a sleep medicine physician and works with patients who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  He said that  most explanations of sleep apnea are incorrectly saying that a person stops breathing at night while asleep.  It isn’t that you stop breathing, but that you have an episode where your airway closes down and narrows to the point where it decreases your oxygen…

August 25th, 2018 – Sleep Apnea: When Will It Go Away?'s Story »

 

Katie presented information on how essential sleep is to weight management.  Research shows that adults need between 7 – 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. That means that over a third of the population is considered sleep deprived, getting 6 ½ hours or less a night.  The reasons include: We live in a very busy society, and sleep is low priority. But constantly feeling burned out is no way…

August 7, 2018 – Sleep: an Essential Element for Weight Loss's Story »

 

Facilitator:  Chris Bovos, RN & Program Coordinator Had a small group today and continued with getting feedback on subjects patients want to hear more about, suggestions for making changes to support groups, and things patients need to know.  Some of the items patients would have liked to know at discharge are: Directions for taking omeprazole after surgery – you are to take 20 mg twice a day for 3 months.…

July 26, 2018 – Group Feedback & Suggestions's Story »

 

Facilitated by:  Laura hernandez, RD and Chris Bovos,  RN The July 3rd support group was designed to be a feedback session to better learn the support group needs of our patients.  We identified and discussed topics that patients felt would be the most helpful to have more  information on.  Chris shared a sheet with “The Basics to Know Before Surgery” taken from a book by Susan Maria Leach, who had…

July 3, 2018 – Support Group Roundtable's Story »

 

Facilitator:  Barb Cashman, PT Bariatric Center of Kansas City Physical Therapist, Barb Cashman, came to support group to talk about excess skin and ways to decrease the amount of excess skin that hangs from the underarm after weight loss.  The elasticity plays a large part in how much you can decrease that, including genetics, how long the skin has been stretched, how much weight is lost, and how well hydrated…

June 16, 2018 – Exercising Away Those “Jiggly” Underarms's Story »

 

Facilitator:  Annie Epp, RD, LD While many people prefer a vegetarian lifestyle, it is difficult to meet the protein needs without eating too many carbohydrates.  Also, because some patients struggle with eating meat after surgery, and others get tired of just eating meat.  It is helpful to add in some vegetarian options that may be easier to tolerate while giving you some variety.     Annie talked about the different types…

June 5, 2017 – Vegetarian Options after Bariatric Surgery's Story »

 

Facilitators:  Sensai Janelle and Gary from USSD Lenexa Sensai Janelle first explained the two different styles of martial arts classes that they teach. First being Kempo, an active style- the yang version; and Tai Chi, a slower focused style- the ying version. She went on to explain that during Tai Chi one uses slow, relaxed movements with deep rhythmic breathing. She called this a “sneaky workout.” While you are moving…

May 1, 2018 – Tai Chi for Core Strength and Balance's Story »