Support Group Minutes

  Facilitator:  Dr. Hassan Saradih Dr. Saradih began by discussing the different compartments that the body is composed of: Bones Organs Muscles Fat Along with water, these are what our bodies are made up of.  When we talk about your “fat free mass” we are talking about water, bones, organs and muscles.  Once you have finished growing, your bones and organs don’t grow anymore – they continue to weigh about…

October 3, 2017 – Body Composition's Story »

 

  Facilitator:  Michelle Coker, PhD Dr. Coker is a clinical psychologist at the Bariatric Center if Kansas City, and sees patients both before and after surgery.  She defined cross addiction, or transfer addiction as it is sometimes called, as “…the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice that is psychologically or physically detrimental to your health and well-being.  The body and brain crave and adapt to the substance…

September 21, 2017 – Cross Addiction or Addiction Transfer's Story »

 

Facilitator:  Chris Bovos, RN, CBN : Chris spoke about Willpower, which most of us wish we had more of, to stop us from making choices that turn out to be bad for us.  Since temptations never stop, it is important to understand that we can improve or strengthen our willpower. There has been a great deal of research regarding will power done by social workers and psychologists over the last…

September 5, 2017 – The Science Behind Willpower's Story »

 

Facilitator:  Gina Daugherty, CM Gina has been involved in fashion since she was in high school, when she worked at Jones Store to coordinate outfits for fashion shows.  She pulled a number of clothing items from the clothing exchange closets to show how to put together different outfits using just a few items of clothing.  She started with a few “rules” that she always abides by: Leggings are NOT pants.…

August 17, 2017 – How to Dress Your Body Type's Story »

 

  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 »