Support Group Minutes

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 »

 

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 »