bariatric & medical weight loss Articles

I love my job!!!

03/03/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Those are the words I’ve been spreading these past few weeks to my colleagues at Clarian Bariatrics. Those of you who are reading this post are the reason I come to work each and every day. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing from many of you about your personal struggles, successes and wow moments. We’ve discussed your weight loss procedures, weight loss support system, obesity related problems, questions about bariatric surgery, gastric bypass, gastric banding, support groups, free…

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February Gastric Band Support Group Recap, Part II

03/03/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Here are few more recipe modification tips that were discussed at last month's gastric band support group. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have additional questions about nutrition after weight loss surgery or bariatric weight loss surgery. EGGS: The purpose of eggs in a recipe is to provide leavening, color, texture, flavor and richness, bind ingredients together and act as a thickener. Substitute two egg whites or 1/4 cup egg substitute for each whole egg. SALT: The purpose of salt…

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How the Bariatric Process Works

03/03/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Have you ever wondered how the bariatric process works? Then check out this educational video starring Samer Mattar, MD, for a brief overview of the weight loss surgery process. If you have additional questions about causes of obesity, Indiana Weight Loss or Indianapolis Bariatric Centers and the costs of bariatric weight loss surgery then join us at an upcoming informational seminar. Simply click on the photo at the top right of this page to sign up! 

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More Questions

03/02/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Over the past few weeks I've discussed some common questions patients have after weight loss surgery, and I'd like to add a few more to the list: Can I walk up stairs after bariatric surgery? Absolutely, yes. If you are able to walk up stairs before surgery you can walk up them after surgery. Not a problem. Can my family be with me in the hospital before surgery? When you are waiting for surgery you are allowed to have 2-3 people in the pre-op area with you. They can stay with you until they…

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Keeping It Hidden, Part V

03/02/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Think about it for a moment. Your family has known you forever as you are. After weight loss surgery they are not sure if you are still you. You do not look like you anymore. Some feel they have lost the old you, and they have to learn to know and love the new you. It can wreck havoc on your life if you do not play an aggressive role in learning to deal with the process. I encourage support groups, buddy systems and talking to others who have had bariatric surgery. My life is better now than before,…

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From Dublin to Indy

03/02/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

ead Mile Failte (One Hundred Thousand Welcomes)! For those of you who didn’t know, I moved here from Dublin, Georgia, which is located smack dab between Atlanta and Savannah. In American cities with a large Irish population, St. Patrick’s Day is a very big deal. While Dublin appears very all American at the core, St. Pat’s Day is a month long celebration with parades, music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for the kids. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers…

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February Gastric Band Support Group Recap, Part I

02/27/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Clarian Bariatrics held a support group meeting for gastric band patients was on Wednesday, February 18. This month's topic was recipe modification. The goal of recipe modifications are to reduce calories, fat content, added sugar content and sodium content while maintaining flavor, texture, and appearance. Making small changes such as reducing, removing or using a substitute ingredient or changing the cooking methods will result big changes. Most changes focus on reduction fat or oil, sugar,…

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My thoughts…

02/27/2009 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Four surgeries in under a year...roughly $75,000. Almost 10 visits to the hospital...$???? (I can’t start to put a number on it) Ability to do the following: Ride my bike for miles with my son and not be in pain Walk 3+ miles without passing out Cross my legs Look down and see my feet No longer having health issues like; sleep apnea, high blood pressure, PCOS, joint pain, extreme back pain Mobility to work outside in the yard Celebrating my 10 year wedding anniversary with a deeper love and…

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Keeping It Hidden, Part IV

02/27/2009 | Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss

On November 30, 2006, I went in for my RNY weight loss surgery. I was embarrassed and chose to not tell anyone with the exception of my immediate family. Not even my best friend. I couldn’t tell anyone, I felt like a failure, I could not do this on my own. “Normal” people could do it, why couldn’t I? The surgery went well and immediately the weight started to drop. I was still dealing with the issues inside. I had to learn everything over again. I learned how to prepare a…

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Did you know?

02/27/2009 | Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss

We know that weight loss surgery isn't just about shedding pounds. It's about gaining confidence, and the ability - both physically and psychologically - to do all the things you haven't been able to do for years. We encourage you to talk to your friends and family who may benefit from bariatric weight loss surgery, and encourage them to take the first step to improving their health and their life. As a current or past patient, if you refer a person to a Clarian Bariatric support group…

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