Support Group Minutes

 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 will fill you.             A – Angry:        What is causing me to feel this way? …

February 5th, 2019 – HALT Emotional Eating's Story »

 

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 gods.  A resolution is defined as “a firm decision to do or NOT do something,”…

January 23, 2019 – Resolutions: Setting and Achieving Realistic Goals's Story »

 

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 want.  It will not be timed, so you can walk/run as fast or as slow…

January 8th, 2019 – 5K Running/Walking Information's Story »

 

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 the 3rd floor (Suite 305 in Building A). Whitney talked about medications following surgery. She…

December 4th, 2018 – Medications After Bariatric Surgery's Story »

 

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 which can then release it when you eat.  The more fat you eat, the more…

November 29th, 2019 – Gallstone and Kidney Stone Information's Story »

 

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 to have surgery; she talked about wanting to never go to the “dark place” she…

November 6th, 2018 – The “Gifts” Bariatric Surgery Gave Kim's Story »

 

Annie, one of our dietitians, did a presentation on “Superfoods,” which are foods that are extra healthy for us to eat. Some examples of superfoods are: Tumeric Dark leafy greens Green tea Nuts Berries Eggs (with bright yolks) Garlic  Salmon Ginger Acai 1. Superfoods are those that are high in vitamins and minerals, but low in calories. 2. They also contain beneficial compounds that are called antioxidants. Antioxidants work by…

October, 20th 2018 – Superfoods's Story »

 

Stephanie Wagner is a bariatric dietitian who has her own website and blog to assist bariatric patients before and after surgery achieve their goals. She came to address all the popular fad diets that folks are hearing about on social media sites and if they are effective or safe for patients after bariatric surgery.  Her website is www.foodcoach.me. The latest diet programs most frequently mentioned on social media are: Keto…

October 2nd, 2018 – Fad Diets: Are They Okay After Surgery?'s Story »

 

  Dr. Sabapathy started by defining body image as “…the perception of how we see ourselves or are taught to see ourselves.”  It is linked to our self-esteem and shaped by our experiences.  It is not gender based, and is usually either positive or negative.  We tend to see the following characteristics with a positive self image: Confidence Trust in ourselves Respect for our bodies and what they can do…

September 18th, 2018 – Mind Over Body Image's Story »

 

Rachelle is one of our patients who had a gastric sleeve surgery about 2 years ago.  She came to share her journey and her experience with walking 60 miles in 3 days only 3 months after surgery. Rachelle had a lap band placed elsewhere a number of years ago, and had problem with vomiting after eating for years.  She eventually came to us and had the band removed.  During the…

September 4th, 2018 – Rachelle Vigna’s Journey and the Susan G. Komen Event's Story »