The Bariatric Surgery Journey: Long Term Issues

Issues-everyone has them! In our life’s journey, there are always issues. Actually, I prefer the word “challenges.” That is life, if you are growing and changing. What matters is how we respond to the challenges in which we are presented. It’s important to recognize that there is no personal...



The Bariatric Surgery Journey: Successful Weight-loss after Surgery

Bariatric (weight-loss) surgery is a complex journey to improved health that varies from person-to-person. I spoke previously about “Changing Your Mind” and I believe that is a process too. I do better with that some days than others. However, it warrants working on daily so that the rest of...



The Bariatric Surgery Journey: The Beginning

Life is a journey and bariatric surgery is too! We are constantly evolving and re-inventing who we are. As a matter of fact, the name of my practice is the “New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery” because when seen in the pre-operative area so many of my patients volunteered...



Bariatric Patients & Emergency Rooms: Advice from the Pro’s

So far we’ve discussed some of the bad situations bariatric post-ops have had in emergency rooms and we’ve gone over some simple things patients can do to help convey what they need during an emergency. For this last post, I thought I’d share some of the advice I got...



Bariatric Patients & Emergency Rooms: Taking Control of Your Care

In my last blog post, I went over some pretty scary experiences that bariatric post-ops have had when they’ve sought treatment at emergency rooms or urgent care centers. It might surprise you to know that there are some very easy ways bariatric patients can think ahead to help ensure...



Bariatric Patients & Emergency Rooms: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You

I know the title of this blog post sounds alarmist, but a few months ago my friend Pam told me a disturbing story. Pam is six years post-op gastric bypass. Her mother and sister have also had bariatric surgery. A few months ago, Pam’s mother brought her sister to...



Healthy “Cross-Addictions” to Food

In the first two installments (Part 1 & Part 2) of this 3-part blog series, I discussed the dangers of developing cross-addiction by substituting food with other substances like drugs and alcohol, and possible predictors of cross-addictions in patients who undergo bariatric surgery. While the risk of cross-addiction is...



Risk Factors for Cross-Addiction

In the previous blog post, I discussed the concept of cross-addiction, also termed “addiction-transfer,” particularly as it might relate to patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. Alcohol and drug addictions, as well as other compulsive behaviors, are contraindications for bariatric surgery in patient eligibility screenings. While the concept of...



NEW BLOG SERIES! – What is cross addiction, and does it really exist?

Cross-addiction is a phenomenon that has been unofficially observed for some time. It is defined as the instance when one compulsive behavior is exchanged for another compulsive behavior, and is also sometimes referred to as addiction transfer. Cross-addiction has been recognized by participants of 12-step programs, such Alcoholics Anonymous,...



Bringing Long-term Post-ops back to Surgical Support Group

Disclaimer: This blog post does not reflect the views of the OAC, the National Board of Directors or staff. Information contained in this blog post is not based on scientific research and has not been validated. So now that we’ve talked about the dynamics of support group from a longer-term...



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