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April 5, 2013

Considering Bariatric Surgery

If you are a person who has been suffering from severe obesity (morbid obesity) you may have considered bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery). There are several types of bariatric surgery. Each procedure has pros and cons. Each procedure requires a lifestyle change that includes stress management, exercise and good nutrition. Bariatric surgery also requires lifelong follow-up with the bariatric surgery team and multivitamin and mineral supplements. Continue reading

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March 25, 2013

Checking-in for Health After Weight Loss Surgery

It is too bad that Bariatric Surgery is commonly referred to as Weight Loss Surgery. It gives the impression that all that can be achieved is weight loss. Bariatric surgery is less about what you lose and more about what you gain: control over diabetes, lower blood pressure, relief of gout pain, better fertility, less frequent reoccurrence of migraine headaches, restful sleep without sleep apnea and of course better emotional and social wellbeing. Continue reading

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September 25, 2012

Welcoming in the fall with a bariatric friendly Chicken stew

Autumn is a welcomed season in Connecticut.  The crisp fall air encourages longer walks and adventures at the local pick-your-own orchard.  And there is nothing quite as welcoming as a warm stew waiting for you after an active day outside. Continue reading

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August 24, 2012

Putting “Me Time” On The Schedule

Back to school shopping is in full swing.  Parents are participating in the yearly scavenger hunt for color matched supplies to give their children the best possible start to the school year.  And of course there are also after school ballet classes, the little league games, boy scouts meetings and driving lessons for teenagers to fit into your schedule.  Summer is slipping away fast and so is the “me time” on your schedule. Continue reading

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August 10, 2012

Finding Inspiration After Weight Loss Surgery From The Olympic Games

It is hard not to get awe struck when watching the Olympic Games on television. The athletes make it look so easy, their bodies smoothly achieving record-breaking feats. Amazing, are their stories of perseverance. The enduring workouts, multiple injuries and time away from family and friends all obliged to cumulate at a chance to participate and maybe even medal at the Olympic Games. Continue reading

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July 11, 2012

Chia Seeds Can Be A Helpful Supplement After Weight Loss Surgery

When most people think of chia seeds they think of the green sprouts that provide the “hair” to kitschy pottery resembling the heads of state and cartoon characters (you are probably singing the jingle right now, too). Little did we know in the late seventies that these same seeds that you soaked, as a kid, to grow a green fleece on your clay sheep was also so nutritious.
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May 16, 2012

How to get off the weight loss plateau after weight loss surgery

Plateaus happen to most people who try to lose weight. It also happens to patients who have had bariatric surgery. The first thing to understand is that patients who had the Lap-Band Procedure will lose an average of 2 pounds a week over three years. Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy patients lose the excess weight more quickly, following a predictable pattern: the most rapid weight loss occurs in the first 6 months (the honeymoon period), then weight loss slows a bit, but is still significant, until the first year post op. By 18 months, the weight naturally stabilizes. Continue reading

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February 23, 2012

Lap-Band and Bariatric Surgery is not a gimmick at Griffin Hospital

You may have heard in the news recently that a group of weight-loss clinics in Southern California is under scrutiny because of an aggressive ad campaign, insurance fraud and the death of five patients.  This group of Lap-Band surgical centers is being investigated by local, state and federal agencies, including Congress.  At Griffin Hospital, we understand that bariatric surgery is not just a gimmick and it remains the most effective way to combat obesity. Any bariatric surgery, including the Lap-Band, comes with inherent risks. Our informational seminars for prospective patients and pre-operative education describe the inherent risks of bariatric surgery and of the disease of morbid obesity. Continue reading

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