April 2008 - Are You in the Closet?

Greetings! and welcome to another installment of my series, which as you have probably noticed doesn’t follow any regular schedule! Today’smissive will be short, but it will address a question which I think isimportant for people who have had weight loss surgery.  Are you in the closet?
Ihave noticed as I discuss the surgery with patients in the office thatmany are in the closet (afraid to discuss it with the people in theircommunity) about having had weight loss surgery.  In my experience there are a number of reasons for this.  Mosthowever boil down to the fact that patients are afraid they will betold they should “do it on their own” or the surgery is “admittingfailure” etc.  I think for this reason manypeople keep quiet rather than risk public ridicule from family orco-workers who often have strong opinions.
Thereare two very good reasons why I think patients should be “out” abouthaving had surgery (and if anybody can think of others please emailthem to me I’ll be happy to pass them along).  The first has to do with fighting the many misperceptions of the surgery that are out there.  Idon’t need to tell readers of this newsletter that there is a greatdeal of misinformation about bariatric surgery in the community. Theonly way the truth of the incredible benefits will get out there is ifthe people who have had surgery talk about it, remember you areliterally a walking advertisement for the results which the surgery canachieve.
Thesecond reason patients should be out is because it has been myexperience that the most successful patients are the one’s who have asupportive community.  Your community can’t support you if they don’t know what you are up to!  If your community won’t support you, then you should find one that does.  Ihave seen many times that as patients lose weight and begin living a”new life” the community they had when they were obese is threatened bythis new person.  This is the reason we offer thesupport groups, you know you will find a like-minded community ofpeople who know and understand what you are going through.  The point is to succeed in anything in life (and that includes bariatric surgery) a supportive community is invaluable.
AtSt. Barnabas we offer support groups for patients who have had eitherbypasses, bands, and for patients who have had surgery over one yearago.  You can get more information about the support groups from the bariatric coordinator Danielle Hill 973-322-5964 or email (dahill@sbhcs.com).  Ifyou don’t live near St. Barnabas and know of another support group inyour area email the information to me and I will pass it along thru thenewsletter.
So with the idea of generating and expanding a supportive community we are having our second annual “Walk for Health”.  It will be on Saturday May 3rd in Verona Park, Verona NJ.  Registration starts at 10 am and the walk starts at 11 am.  We will have a guest star, Judy Torres, a KTU radio personality and one of my successful Lap Band patients at the walk.  You can go to the following website to download a brochure:
Hope to see you there!
End Quote:
We are in an election year so I thought I little political humor might be in order.
“Politicians and diapers have one thing in common.  They both should be changed regularly… and for the same reason” 
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Once again, thanks for reading and trusting me with your healthcare.
Michael Bilof

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