Support Group Minutes

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 »

 

Bariatric Support Group Date: September 17, 2016 Facilitator:  Laura Hernandez, MBA, RD, LD As we move into fall, Laura wanted to share a pureed pumpkin pudding that patients can make when they start the pureed foods in their post-operative diet progression.  It does not contain sugar so is something any of our patients can make.  Bariatric Friendly Pumpkin Pudding Recipe (Original recipe from “Baked by Rachel” and modified to be…

September 17, 2016 – Small Groups & Pumpkin Pudding's Story »

 

Bariatric Support Group Date: September 1, 2016 Facilitator:  Janalea Hoffman, Music Therapist   Janalea Hoffman has been providing music therapy at Shawnee Mission Medical Center for 12 years, and works with oncology patients, surgical patients, and patients experiencing pain or stress.  She spoke about how music can be used therapeutically and for recreation, and there was discussion about how when used therapeutically it is frequently to decrease stress and to…

September 1, 2016 – Music Therapy for Stress Control's Story »

 

Dr. Sabapathy discussed changing habits with the group. He used the acronym CARE to explain the change process. C – Concern: first we have a concern about something that makes us want to make a change. For our patients it is usually a concern about their health. This starts the process. A - Awareness: Becoming aware of why we have developed the habit, where we want to be after the…

August 18, 2016 – Changing Habits's Story »

 

How Family and Friends Affect Bariatric Surgery Success A great support system is critical to the long-term success of a post-operative bariatric surgery patient. Part of a patient’s responsibility, starting even before surgery, is to plan for and create the support structure that will help them reach their weight loss goals.Support and motivation from family members is a critical component of your support program. Family members are often the closest…

August 4, 2016 – Food & Family / Eating Disorders after Surgery's Story »

 

Bariatric Support GroupDate: July 23, 2016Facilitator:  Laura Hernandez, MBA, RD, LD A large percentage of our patients take or have taken NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like Advil and Aleve for inflammation in their joints.  When you have surgery, those are no longer an option except on a very rare occasion or with approval of the surgeon.  There are a number of foods that can be very helpful in reducing inflammation, and…

July 23, 2016 – Anti-inflammatory Foods's Story »

 

Bariatric Support Group Date: June 2, 2106 / Facilitator: Chris Bovos, RN, CBN / Chris reviewed how hair grows, why you go through a period of hair thinning about 3 – 4 months after surgery, and what things you can do if it doesn’t start growing back after that happens. All hair goes through 3 phases of growth, as shown in the slides (available online).  90% of your hair is…

June 2, 2016 – Hair Loss's Story »

 

Bariatric Support Group Date: May 21, 2016 / Facilitator: Greg Justice, M.ED. 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 your body…

May 21, 2016 – HIIT Exercise Training's Story »