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April 20, 2019 – Alternatives to NSAIDs

Chris first talked about different types of pain – acute and chronic; mechanical, thermal or chemical, and nociceptive or neuropathic pain. The 3 main types of pathophysiology of chronic pain are: 1. Nociceptive – this is pain that results from tissue damage, such as seen with rheumatoid arthritis 2. Neuropathic – this results from pain

April 2nd, 2019 – Carbohydrates Explained

One of our dietitians, Annie Epp, RD, spoke about Carbohydrates.  With all the information about low carbohydrate diets out there, she wanted to explain the difference between types of carbohydrates and which are the healthiest. She started with the actual building blocks of carbohydrates.  SIMPLE CARBOHYDRATES The most simple building block of carbs are monosaccharides,

March 19th, 2019 – Benefits of Exercise Beyond Weight Loss

  While we are all aware that exercise increases weight loss, there are many other benefits to becoming more active. Improving our body’s structure: Retaining our muscles and bones is crucial to helping us to stay healthy as we age Women over the age of 50 and men over the age of 70 are at

March 5th, 2019 – Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss Surgery

Dr. Korentager is the Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at The University of Kansas Hospital. He and his associate Dr. De Souza both do cosmetic surgery, reconstructive and breast reconstruction for patients needing excess skin removed following weight loss surgery. Dr. Korentager began by explaining that the words plastic surgery is from the

February 5th, 2019 – HALT Emotional Eating

 One of the triggers for eating is our emotions.  We use food to soothe ourselves in many stressful situations, but it can be controlled with some awareness.  Dr. Coker talked about a simple way to clarify why we are eating called HALT:             H – Hungry:     Do I need something physically or emotionally?  Find what

January 23, 2019 – Resolutions: Setting and Achieving Realistic Goals

Now that we are starting a new year, a lot of people make resolutions – about 60% of us make them, but only about 8% of us keep them.  Katie gave a brief overview of the history of New Year’s resolutions going back about 4000 years, when people started each year making promises to the

January 8th, 2019 – 5K Running/Walking Information

Barb and Kari, the physical therapists at the Bariatric Center of KC, shared that we will be hosting a walk/run 5K to celebrate our patients. It is currently scheduled to be held here at Prairie Star on May 5th 2019, and all are welcome to come walk or run as little or as much as you

December 4th, 2018 – Medications After Bariatric Surgery

Whitney Venegoni is one of our Nurse Practitioners who serves as a Primary Care Provider as well. She sees patients before and after surgery, and does medication management for many of our patients after surgery. We have 2 Nurse Practitioners: Whitney works full time and Lori Reckrey, APRN, works part time in the office on

November 29th, 2019 – Gallstone and Kidney Stone Information

Dustin Huff is Dr. Hamilton’s Physician Assistant.  He assists Dr. Hamilton in surgery and also sees patients in the clinic before and after surgery.   One of the side effects of having bariatric surgery can be gallstones.  The liver produces bile to help in breaking down fat and cholesterol.  It stores this bile in the gallbladder

November 6th, 2018 – The “Gifts” Bariatric Surgery Gave Kim

Kim is a patient of the Bariatric Center of KC, having had her surgery 2 ½ years ago.  She leads a support group in Harrisonville where she lives,  and was recently certified as a personal trainer. She is passionate about working with people going through this journey.  Kim talked first about why she first decided