Giving Thanks... and the Holiday Party


Well, the holiday season is upon us, and specifically this week is Thanksgiving.  I wanted to share a couple of things I am thankful for….

I don't know how widely known this is, but I started my practice in bariatrics just over 6 years ago.  Prior to that I was in a successful vascular surgery practice for 4 years.  I left that practice to start a completely new practice in bariatrics.

If you are not in the medical field that may not sound like much, but to give you an idea of what that is like, it would be like someone going from being an orthopedic surgeon to being a brain surgeon…one had nothing to do with the other, and all the technical skills you learned to be an orthopedic surgeon don't really help you to do brain surgery.  Basically you have to start all over again… why would I do such a thing….and what the heck does it have to do with giving thanks, and the holiday party?

There was always something about vascular surgery that was unsatisfying for me personally, and when I look back I think it was that by the time a patient came to me it often times seemed a little too late.  I might  be able to improve the problem the person was experiencing but I couldn't really reverse the process.  If you've ever heard the expression "closing the barn door after the cow got out", vascular surgery felt a little bit like that to me, it was too late.

Now the interesting thing about this is that many of the medical problems vascular patients have are many of the same problems that bariatric patients have…diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease etc.  What happens is after having diabetes and high blood pressure for 10 or 20 years a person develops circulation and vascular problems which puts you in the office of a vascular surgeon.

The reason I switched to bariatrics is plain and simple….I don't want you to end up in the office of a vascular surgeon 10 or 20 years from now.  The amazing thing about bariatrics is that it cures or dramatically improves these types of medical problems (diabetes, high blood pressure) so that you don't develop vascular problems, and kidney problems etc.  It really is the ultimate preventive medicine!

So the thing I am thankful for is the opportunity to practice this type of medicine, and that is an opportunity that you, the patients, have given me.  It really is a privilege (which I don't take lightly) to do this work.  I truly look at every patient as an opportunity to dramatically improve the quality of life for a person.  I speak not only for myself, but for the staff as well, when I say that this practice really has been a unique blessing to do work that really makes a difference in the quality of peoples lives.

And so at its core the holiday party is really a way for the staff and I to say thank you to everyone for giving us the chance to do this work.  Yes, of course we'll have door prizes, dancing, and a photographer (rumor has it Santa might even make an appearance this year!), but really it is a chance for us to acknowledge you our patients and the people in your lives.

I do hope you'll join us, it will be on Monday, December 7th from 7 to 10 pm at "The Chanticler", the address is 500 Millburn Ave in Short Hills, NJ.  Their website is if you need directions.

Again, thanks for reading and giving me the opportunity to do this work.
Michael Bilof

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