Support Group Minutes

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 »

 

Facilitated by: Dr. Eveloff, Sleep Medicine Dr. Eveloff is a sleep medicine physician and works with patients who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  He said that  most explanations of sleep apnea are incorrectly saying that a person stops breathing at night while asleep.  It isn’t that you stop breathing, but that you have an episode where your airway closes down and narrows to the point where it decreases your oxygen…

August 25th, 2018 – Sleep Apnea: When Will It Go Away?'s Story »

 

Katie presented information on how essential sleep is to weight management.  Research shows that adults need between 7 – 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. That means that over a third of the population is considered sleep deprived, getting 6 ½ hours or less a night.  The reasons include: We live in a very busy society, and sleep is low priority. But constantly feeling burned out is no way…

August 7, 2018 – Sleep: an Essential Element for Weight Loss's Story »

 

Facilitator:  Chris Bovos, RN & Program Coordinator Had a small group today and continued with getting feedback on subjects patients want to hear more about, suggestions for making changes to support groups, and things patients need to know.  Some of the items patients would have liked to know at discharge are: Directions for taking omeprazole after surgery – you are to take 20 mg twice a day for 3 months.…

July 26, 2018 – Group Feedback & Suggestions's Story »