Support Group Minutes

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 »

 

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 vs unhealthy fats and show us a few recipes that incorporate them in order to…

February 16, 2017 – Cooking with Healthy Fats's Story »

 

Bariatric Support Group Date: February 7, 2017 Facilitator:  Dr. Hassan Saradih, Prairie View Medicine Dr. Saradih talked 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 that make you feel satisfied.   These…

February 7, 2017 – How the Body Regulates Appetite's Story »

 

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 needs to increase the amount of calcium in the bloodstream. Since calcium is critical for…

January 21, 2017 – Bone Health Before and After Bariatric Surgery's Story »

 

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 in your body. The four components of metabolism are: Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) – what…

January 5, 2017 – Boosting Metabolism with Resistance & High Intensity Interval Training's Story »

 

Bariatric Support Group Date: December 15, 2016 Facilitator:  Chris Bovos, RN, CBN   Chris reviewed some of the high points from Dr. Saradih’s talk last time and answered questions from several patients who stated their weight loss has stalled.  This can be very frustrating, and sometimes understanding how energy is managed by the body can help.  Your body gets energy from 3 sources – protein, fat and carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates are…

December 15, 2016 – Small Group Support Meeting Minutes's Story »

 

Bariatric Support Group Date: December 1, 2016 Facilitator:  Dr. Hassan Saradih Dr. Saradih came to discuss nutritional deficiencies and the need for follow-up to prevent them.  He began by explaining that we take in macronutrients and micronutrients in our diet. The macronutrients are: Protein – body uses it for growth, and used for energy in starvation mode – need 1 gm per kg of body weight (divide your weight in…

December 1, 2016 – Nutritional Deficiencies & Follow-up's Story »

 

Bariatric Support Group Date: November 19, 2016 Facilitator:  Laura Hernandez, RD, LD Chris shared information that she and Laura received at the annual meeting of the ASMBS and TOS (American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and The Obesity Society).  There is an enormous amount of research going on around the world regarding the metabolic changes that occur with surgery, the microbiome (the bacteria in your gut), diabetes, heart disease…

November 19, 2016 – Small Group Meeting's Story »

 

Bariatric Support Group Date: October 20, 2016 Facilitator:  Chris Bovos, RN and Laura Hernandez, RD We had a small group of folks for support group, and Chris and Laura just made one circle and we had a great discussion among the group.  We had patients who were only a couple of weeks out from surgery and some that were over a year, so there was a lot of exchange of…

October 20, 2016 – Small Group Discussions's Story »

 

Bariatric Support Group Date: October 6, 2016 Facilitator:  Whitney Venegoni, NP and Dr. Saradih  Whitney, the Nurse Practitioner for Dr. Saradih, began with a short presentation on the 3 main macronutrients the body needs to remain healthy – Proteins, Carbohydrates and Lipids (Fats).  She started with protein, which is always stressed.  She talked about how important protein is for your muscles and your body organs, and that they have a…

October 6, 2016 – Macro-nutrients & Regular Exercise Help Maximize Post-Surgery Weight Loss's Story »