Bariatric Surgery

What is GLP-1 and why should I know about it if I’ve had bariatric surgery?

By now, we’ve all learned a thing or two about the complexity of obesity. Indeed, how our bodies manage weight is not as simple as the old equation diet + exercise. Obesity is considered a chronic, relapsing chronic disease (https://www.cma.ca/En/Pages/cma-recognizes-obesity-as-a-disease.aspx). As with other chronic diseases, there are multiple behavioural and physiological influences on how obesity unfolds for any one person.

Navigating Social Media

The Facebook site said …

I’m a part of the online community network and they suggest …

I’ve been supplementing with (____) because someone on the peer network used it …

This is simply a snapshot into the ‘doctor internet’ comments that we receive in our daily practice at the bariatric clinic. Indeed, we support the strong network of peer support for bariatric patients. However, we must advise caution about sharing and receiving health advice online and with peers.
When engaging in online discussions and forums, consider:

Dietary advancement: risky textures

We hear it quite frequently: patients less than 2 or 3 weeks following a bariatric surgery venturing into soft or even fully textured food items.

'I felt fine, so I was ready to move on’

‘I’m just so tired of liquids and purees, and the (insert solid food choice here) went down fine.’

Changes to follow-up

The Ontario Bariatric Network (OBN) has recently made changes to the way post-operative bariatric patients will be followed.

For several years, Bariatric Centres of Excellence and Bariatric Assessment and Treatment Centres across Ontario have followed post-surgical patients for up to 5 years post-operatively. These patients are then transferred back to their primary care physicians for all bariatric-related care.

As patients continue to fill bariatric clinic sites, the OBN has identified a need to transfer care back the primary care physician at an earlier time.

Do I have to drink Optifast® before my bariatric surgery?

YES.

The Ontario Bariatric Network  physicians and surgeons have selected Optifast® as the pre-surgical meal replacement beverage of choice for patients prior to their bariatric surgeries. We ask that patients use this beverage prior to a bariatric surgery to prepare their bodies for a safer surgery.

Change is here! Annual Post-Op Group Class

Can you believe that the Kingston Bariatric Centre of Excellence (BCoE) has been supporting patients in their best weight and health for 5 years? We feel so lucky that that we’re able to support our community in the journey to better health.

As our patient volumes  continue to grow, we’ve found ourselves challenged in meeting our patient demands. So our team of innovative health professionals started to brainstorm. How can we better support our patients who are one year and beyond surgery?

Welcome to our surgical team!

We have had an absolute pleasure supporting the Kingston area community for over four years. We have such a unique role in watching our patients change their lives. Every day, we are inspired by stories of health, perseverance and gratitude.

And now, our bariatric family has grown. This past September bariatric surgery started right here in Kingston, supported by a wonderful surgical team at Hotel Dieu Hospital.

Wake up and put the caffeine to the side

You may think it is impossible, but you can survive a life without caffeine.   If you are considering bariatric surgery, this is an absolute must.

Along with alcohol, carbonated beverages and non-prescription and illicit drugs, the Ontario Bariatric Network  advises all patients to avoid caffeine for a minimum 2 months prior and lifelong following bariatric surgery.

So, why the pass by your favorite coffee shop?

The last of the snacks

So, you’re about to embark on a weight loss journey. As you approach the big ‘day’ … whether that be the date for your bariatric surgery or the date for your weight loss program initiation, have you been mourning the potential ‘loss’ of food by indulging in treats and less than healthy foods? By saying to yourself ‘this could be the last time I have (insert delicious and less healthy food choice here) …I should treat myself while I can.’

You’re not alone.

But, ask yourself: how committed am I to valuing my health above my desires?

Step off of the scale and into your life

What would it be like to wake up and just enjoy your day? No distractions. No lingering chatter in your mind. No math equations. No flattened self-esteem after a trip to the bathroom scale. Whoa. Freedom.

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