May 2008 - The Window of Opportunity

Greetings! I wanted to start by thanking everyone who came out to the “Walk for Health” on May 3rd.  Unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t co-operate (Brrrrrr! It was cold and wet), and a shout out to Judy Torres, our celebrity guest, who did a great job of warming the crowd up!  Thanks again and I hope to see you all next year.
My last full newsletter was about the “60 Minutes” story on gastric bypass.  If any of you haven’t seen it here is the link:
There is a 15 second commercial before the video starts.
I can tell from the feedback I’ve gotten thru email and the office that many of you found the story quite compelling.  As an aside I would recommend you forward the link to anyone thinking of Bariatric surgery.  Oneof the things I have been thinking about since seeing the “60 Minutes”story is something I call “The window of opportunity”.
You see in the last several weeks I’ve seen several patients in the office who had missed this window of opportunity. By the time they came to see me they were literally
too sick to have the surgery they needed.  As many of you know obesity takes a toll on the body, not only with back pain and sore joints, but diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea,heart disease etc.  If these problems go on too long a person may no longer be in good enough shape to have the surgery which could actually save their life!
I mention this because I suspect that many of you know someone who has been battling obesity for some time and has now developed some of the medical problems we’ve been discussing.  Do your friend, family member, or co-worker a favor and let them know there is an extremely effective treatment available.  Don’t let them miss the “window of opportunity”.
Not to sound like a broken record (OK maybe I do sound like a broken record) but this surgery will cure, not improve, but cure diabetes in 80-90 percent of patients.  If you know someone who is obese and has diabetes you should let them know there is a cure available.  The”60 Minutes” video does an extremely effective job of communicating thefact that gastric bypass cures diabetes in 80-90 percent of patients.
End Quote:
“It’s too late to close the stable door after the horse has bolted”
French Proverb
Support Groups
There will be a support group on Wednesday May 14th for all Band patients.  One of the exercise phyiologists from the Health and Wellness Center will be there to talk to the group and take everyone on a tour of the facility.
There will be a support group on May 21st for all patients who had surgery over one year ago.
Both groups meet at 200 South Orange Ave in Livingston (across from the Livingston Mall) from 6:00-7:30 pm
Thanks for reading and for trusting me with your healthcare.
Michael Bilof Contact Information

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phone: (973) 736-8300

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