The Patient’s Perspective on the Effects of Transfer Addiction

As a psychologist who specializes in treating bariatric patients, I’ve worked with many people suffering from post-op addiction issues. Because of the influx of patients I was seeing with cross-addiction, I began to offer a “Bariatric Recovery” group. This group meets on a biweekly basis and offers a mixture...



Message in a Bottle: Beware of Post-Operative Alcohol Use

Alcohol use disorders are a common and especially dangerous form of transfer addiction following gastric bypass surgery. In a web-based survey of more-than 300 bariatric surgery patients, it was found that 83 percent of patients who responded consumed alcohol either occasionally or regularly, and 28 percent of these individuals...



Transfer Addiction Following Bariatric Surgery

Addiction transfer, or cross addiction, after bariatric surgery occurs when individuals trade compulsive eating for other compulsive behaviors. There is also strong evidence of a biological reason for cross addiction. Studies show various forms of transfer addiction in up to 30 percent of patients who have had bariatric surgery....



Research Roundup: What We Learned at ObesityWeek 2015 – Part 2

ObesityWeek is an event that brings the leading experts in the field of obesity together to share their innovations and breakthroughs in their work. This educational experience provides an opportunity to ignite numerous conversations and ideas about the disease of obesity, and many discoveries are shared throughout the week-long...



The Final Frontier: Access to Care

The field of obesity medicine has grown greatly over the last decade. While we still have much to learn, our understanding of the biochemistry, physiology and behaviors that lead individuals to gaining weight has never been clearer. With these discoveries, new therapies have emerged to help individuals take control...



Lasting Change – Plastics after Bariatric Surgery – Part 3

Our Case Body Contouring Surgery. Reconstructive Surgery. Wellness. Did I miss anything? In parts 1 and 2 of this guest blog series, we identified the need for bariatric surgery patients and others who have lost significant amounts of weight to have their excess skin removed in order to achieve...



Lasting Change – Plastics after Bariatric Surgery – Part 2

Rewind Part 1 of this blog series opened the topic of addressing the needs of bariatric surgery patients and others who have lost significant amounts of weight. Removing the excess skin remains a sparsely researched and rarely discussed topic but fortunately, things are starting to change. (Yeah!) For ease...



Lasting Change – Plastics after Bariatric Surgery

Plastics – Unwrapped I can hear it now…”What?! Plastic surgery after bariatric surgery? I can’t even get my bariatric surgery approved! Why are we even discussing this?” With childhood obesity being an enormous concern for our society, people being ridiculed into keeping their weight down (sign our petition against...



Bariatric Cooking and Your Family

Last week, we talked about bariatric cooking, changing your lifestyle and being successful after bariatric surgery. When I talk about diets after surgery with patients, I commonly hear, “That’s great, but I can’t do this, because I have kids.” Preparing meals that fit into your plan is one thing,...



Bariatric Cooking – Where to Start

Choosing to have bariatric surgery, is a big step. Patients are very motivated to make multiple changes in their diet, exercise plan and entire lifestyle in order to be successful. The changes patients make in their diet can be overwhelming at times, but start slowly and find one or...



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