Dr. Oz Speaks (Again!)
Ok, lets address the really important stuff first, after all it is Super Bowl Sunday….GO GIANTS!!! Now that we have that out of the way, lets get back to our regularly scheduled program….
Dr. Oz Speaks (Again!)
If you are a regular reader of my newsletter than you know several months ago I wrote about an interview that Dr. Oz gave to "Prevention" magazine. The interview covered many issues but the part I was interested in were his thoughts on Bariatric surgery. When he discussed gastric bypass surgery he said "We probably do only 1% of the gastric bypass surgeries we should do".
Well Dr. Oz is such a believer in bariatric surgery (and gastric bypass in particular) that he devoted almost an entire episode of his program to talking about it. You can view it yourself here:
The show is divided up into 5 segments (the link I gave you is for the first segment). The links for the other segments are on the same page just below the video…there is a 15 second commercial at the beginning of each segment. I would strongly recommend watching all 5 segments (about 20 minutes total) as he discussed many of the issues/questions/concerns people have regarding bariatric surgery.
Let me give you a couple of highlights….he follows a patient during the entire process. First he interviews her prior to surgery, discussing her reasons for doing the surgery. He has video of her actual surgery and interviews the surgeon during the procedure and then has the patient on his show one week after her surgery. He then shows how dramatically her blood pressure and diabetes have improved after only one week!
He calls the surgery "the most underperformed surgery you should be getting". He again discusses the fact that less than 1% of patients who are eligible for the surgery actually get the surgery and confronts the issue that many people feel gastric bypass is a "cop out".
And just in case you think the show is a sales pitch for gastric bypass he has a patient on who had surgery 10 years ago and has regained weight and discusses some of the reasons for that as well. All in all an excellent discussion of bariatric surgery in general and gastric bypass in particular.
If you are someone who has been to the office but is still "thinking about it" or have had surgery but have other people in your life who are thinking about it I would recommend sharing the link with them as it is a balanced discussion from a source that many people trust.
If you have had bariatric surgery or thinking of having bariatric surgery a website that many people find helpful is "ObesityHelp.com".
It is a useful site with a great deal of information about bariatric surgery, surgeons who do bariatric surgery and forums to chat with other patients.
There is also a print magazine called "OH" which is published four times per year…the winter issue is out now and the title is "Jennifer's Journey" and features an article written by yours truly. If you would like to check out the magazine or subscribe the link is here:
As many of you know, Marisol is our nutritionist in the Millburn office and she likes to share recipes that are healthy and delicious, so take it away Marisol….
One of the things I enjoy about my job is helping people find healthy, quick ways to make meals. We are all busy and sometimes it can be difficult to eat healthy. Here is a quick, week day meal that takes about 15 minutes to make. Oh and by the way its healthy too!
Chicken & pepper stir-fry
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
1 small red pepper, seeds removed & sliced into strips
1 small green pepper, seeds removed & sliced into strips
1 medium onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves chopped
1 package Perdue Short Cuts Grilled Chicken Breast
1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
In a wok or large non-stick skillet heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, add peppers & onions, cook until tender about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, cook for 2 minutes. Add package of grilled chicken and low sodium chicken broth, stir, reduce heat, cover and cook for about 5 minutes. Serve with your favorite salad!
If you want to make this recipe even easier; in the produce section of the grocery store they sell pre-cut slices of peppers and onions. Its a little more expensive but then you don't have to do the prep work!
…thanks Marisol, sounds delicious! If you would like other recipes that are healthy and bariatric friendly you can find them on our website here:
Our support group this month is this Wednesday (February 8th) and it will feature on of our plastic surgeons, Dr. Lalla, discussing plastic and reconstructive surgery after weight loss. This is always a popular topic so spread the word if you know anyone who is interested.
It is at the usual location:
Ambulatory Care Center (ACC)
200 South Orange Ave
from 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Patient Information Seminar
We will have a free patient informational seminar next Wednesday (February 15th) at our Millburn office:
225 Millburn Ave, Suite 204, Millburn 07041
The seminar starts at 6:30 pm and is free and open to anyone interested in finding out about bariatric surgery.
In Good Health,
Michael Bilof, MD
Garden State Bariatrics & Wellness Center