bariatric & medical weight loss Articles

Who is in your pit crew? Part II

05/11/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

“The support of family, friends and medical professionals is crucial to the success of patients,” Samer Mattar, MD, FACS, Medical Director for Clarian Bariatrics, said. “It is important that these individuals understand that morbid obesity is a disease and they can be part of the treatment through positive thinking before and after the procedure.” The comparisons between car racing and bariatric surgery are plenty. Think of the patient as a car in disrepair. A surgeon –…

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News story: Obesity May Hide Fetal Abnormalities on Ultrasounds

05/11/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I saw this article in the Obesity Action Coalition newsletter and thought the informaiton was too important not to share. Overweight and obese women are less likely to receive an accurate reading from ultrasound screenings aimed at identifying fetal abnormalities, new research reveals. Such screenings also seem to be less effective among women who are diabetic prior to their pregnancy. "We were asking the question, 'Are birth defects less likely to be detectable with prenatal ultrasound in women…

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Questions to Ask Yourself

05/11/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I was reading an article from January 2009 this year written by Dr. Phil and wanted to share these questions with you. Think about where you are at in your life. Are you considering weight loss surgery? Perhaps you are currently in the pre-op stages. Maybe you are a newly post-op or a three year post-op patient. Possibly you are just browsing due to interest! Take a minute to read the question and answer honestly. 1. Is what you’re doing in your life working? Check every area of your life,…

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“Post-Bariatric Fitness is GREAT!”

05/08/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I received an email the other day with those words in the subject line…and it made my day! One of our patients wrote to me about the impact that regular exercise has made on his life after surgery. Not only has it helped him continue his weight loss journey, but he is now able to do many physical activities that he hadn’t dreamed of before. He can now spend an entire day working on his yard, take walks with his family, compete in races, and much more! He is living proof that exercise…

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Cinco De Mayo Salsa Recipe

05/08/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I lived in Puerto Rico for several years, and we typically had salsa with our meals several times a week. The prepared salsas are so good, that I usually don’t make fresh salsa or “Salsa Fresca” or “Pico de Gallo” except for special occasions, such as Cinco de Mayo. I don’t make this but a few hours in advance because I like the ingredients to be on firmer side. It gets a bit soggy if this sits in the refrigerator for more than a few hours. The nice thing about…

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Did you know?

05/08/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Weight-loss surgery falls into two basic categories: restrictive surgery and malabsorptive surgery. Operations that reduce the stomach size are known as restrictive surgery because they restrict the amount of food the stomach can hold. An example of this type of procedure is the adjustable banding. Some operations combine stomach restriction with a partial bypass of the small intestine. These procedures create a direct connection from the stomach to the lower segment of the small intestine, literally…

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Who is in your pit crew?

05/07/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

In motorsports, drivers schedule a series of pit stops during a race for refueling, new tires, repairs, mechanical adjustments or any other needs. Up to 20 individuals can be members of a pit crew, and these individuals are essential to a driver’s continued success. Pit stops are part of an overall strategy for the racing team that allows the cars to carry less fuel - making them lighter and faster - and allows for the use of softer tires that wear faster but provide better grip on the track.…

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Small WOW Moments

05/07/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

It’s that time of year when I start to dream about warm summer days, green grass and a multitude of colors to brighten the day. I love to be surrounded by the smell of a fresh cut lawn, plants and bright flowers. Looking back I remember driving around town, seeing people working in their yards and being completely jealous because I never had the energy to do that. This past Sunday was one of those days when I realize how amazing it is to be a gastric bypass patient. I started planting a flower…

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News article: Clothing Industry Cashes In On Obesity

05/07/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I guess this really isn't hot news, but it shows how American stores have had to adapt to our ever growing waistlines. It's not to say that this is something new (there have always been stores dedicated to people of all shapes and sizes), but it looks like mainstream stores, like Target and Forever 21, are trying to appeal to teens. What do you think? Is this a good idea? Do you think it shows complacency with the seriousness of the obesity epidemic in America? You can read a snippet of the…

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Time management: Tips to reduce stress and improve productivity

05/06/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all you have to do in a day, not only for others but for yourself? Often we do for others before we take care of ourselves. Here are some tips that might help you manage your time more wisely so that you can do things for yourself like go to the gym, plan a meal, pack your lunch with healthy foods, etc. Realize that time management is really a myth….. there are always only 24 hours in a day. Time doesn’t change. We can only manage ourselves and what…

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