We are excited to announce the launch of our new app! Our easy to use app provides support from an activity tracker and recipes for everyone to reminders for our current patients. But what makes this even better is that you do not have to be a patient to use it!
Download the Baritastic app and enter code 81622 to get started!
It happens often when you go shopping, you find the perfect outfit, a great pair of shoes, or even a new car that you test drove. You buy it. You get home and then wonder what did I do? What was I thinking? You get buyer’s remorse.
Buyer’s remorse is the sense of regret after having made a purchase. And, yes, our patients sometimes experience “buyer’s remorse.” It stems from fear of making the wrong choice. Up to the day of surgery, patients are very excited and motivated. After surgery the work begins and it’s not easy. It’s understandable to wonder, did I do the right thing?
If you are thinking about bariatric surgery and have doubts about whether it is right for you, you’re not alone. We’ve yet to meet a patient that hasn’t had some reservation or concern. After all, you are embarking on what seems to be an “unknown” journey.
No doubt, weight loss surgery is powerful. It’s a life-changing experience, and for that reason, it’s not something to rush into. And that goes for your surgical team as well. We’ve collectively performed thousands of procedures but we still evaluate each patient carefully, ensuring bariatric surgery is suitable on a case-by-case basis. Seminars, testing, consultations and discussions with various members of our team move all of us closer toward understanding how this life-changing experience will work for you.
“What to wear today…” Sound familiar? It’s an ongoing process… going through your closet trying to find just the right outfit. If you can’t find it in your closet, then you’re off to the mall on a quest for the perfect dress, blouse, jeans, etc. The problem is even worse when you’re severely overweight. You have fewer shopping options and, most likely, everything’s going to cost a few dollars more.
Bariatric surgery is a tool to help morbidly obese individuals lose weight by restricting food intake. There are several different surgical procedures, each with their distinct advantages, four of which we perform here – gastric balloon (which is actually not surgical), gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and gastric band. Despite their differences, they all involve, at least in part, dividing the stomach to reduce the amount of food you can consume.
As your surgery date approaches, most surgeons require that you lose some weight. Often called a “liver shrink” diet, this is essentially a liquid diet designed to reduce abdominal fat and shrink the size of the liver. It is important that you follow the liquid diet because it will help minimize surgical risk, shorten recovery time and also prepare you for your new way of eating postoperatively.
Many times, both before and after bariatric surgery, patients feel hungry and begin to graze throughout the day – not consuming huge meals but several small snacks. This grazing can become problematic as time goes on and pounds are added. Further complicating the issue is that the root cause of this hunger is not always clear – sometimes we even graze right after a big meal.
In fact, oftentimes, the source of this hunger is not a lack of satiety, rather it is dehydration. Yes, not having enough water can actually cause you to feel hungrier than you normally would, even after a big meal. If the body is lacking in water, it will crave anything that can offer some refreshment, including food. This phenomenon, known as head hunger is further exacerbated by poor dietary and lifestyle choices including:
The decision to undergo bariatric surgery is certainly not an easy one. While the benefits of surgery are very real, no-one wants to go under the knife to lose weight. However, just considering bariatric surgery is a great achievement and a first step in improving your life and your health. So congratulations!
It may be that, due to obesity, you can no longer tie your shoelaces or that something so simple requires a great deal of effort. Routine chores such as housework or picking things up off the floor at home or at work can be far more difficult than you would ever think possible. Playing with your pets or children for any extended period of time can be a virtual impossibility. Pain, strain and injury are common. We have seen each of these scenarios and many more at our practice – all causing pain (physical and psychological) and anxiety.
Some of you may have had Penny as your nurse during your hospital stay. This is just another example of how we are embracing excellence of care. Penny is a newly Certified Bariatric Nurse (CBN). Congratulations Penny and Way to go!
We are proud to announce the successful achievement of Center of Excellence Accreditation in Bariatric Surgery by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, officially notified in January 2013. This represents successful demonstration of meeting ten national standards directed at quality care and patient outcomes in bariatrics.
Please join us for our monthly support group meetings. Meetings are open to the community. They are held on the fourth Monday of the months that are not holidays* from 6-7:30P in our conference room. This is a great forum that provides support and education for patients who have had bariatric surgery or those actively pursuing surgery. Friends and family are welcome and encouraged to attend.