Support Group Minutes

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 that originates from the actual nerves 3. Hypersensitivity – results from over stimulation of nerves…

April 20, 2019 – Alternatives to NSAIDs's Story »

 

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, which she described as a single pearl on a pearl necklace.  The are a 5…

April 2nd, 2019 – Carbohydrates Explained's Story »

 

  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 a much higher risk for osteoporosis resulting in increases in fractures We reach our peak…

March 19th, 2019 – Benefits of Exercise Beyond Weight Loss's Story »

 

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 Greek work plastikos, which means “to mold or shape.”  This is their focus and involves…

March 5th, 2019 – Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss Surgery's Story »

 

 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 »