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...



Three Reasons Some Longer-term Post-Ops Don’t Attend 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. In the first part of this blog series, I expressed the sentiment that I...



Diets – They’re Complicated.

You would never think that writing three blog posts about diet would be hard. Especially since this is more or less my profession, and I am rarely at a loss for words when it comes to talking about nutrition. But when you get right down to it, diet –...



The Dynamics of Surgical Support Group from a Longer-term Patient Perspective

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.  In my last blog post, I told you that I, as a longer-term...



The Life-long Journey – Bringing Long-term Bariatric Post-ops back to Surgical Support Group

My name is Nikki Massie, and as I write this, I am five years, eight months and 18 days post-op from gastric bypass surgery. And because I know that this information is customarily paired with success statistics, I have the following to offer: The day I walked into St....



Exercise – YES YOU CAN! Part II

Welcome to part two; last month I focused on your homecoming from surgery and the start of this new incredible life journey.  We now continue… Disclaimer: Before starting any exercise program, please consult with your healthcare provider.   Months Four – Six: First thing to do is figure out...



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