Weight Loss Surgery Consultation

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If you've scheduled (or are considering scheduling) a weight loss surgery consultation but aren't sure what to expect from the appointment, let us help. The free weight loss surgery consultation is a zero-risk and zero-obligation opportunity for you to speak one-on-one with the surgeon who would perform the operation. Based on your individual health assessment and weight loss goals, the surgeon will explain your options and answer any questions you may have regarding surgery including what to expect before, during and after.

During the consult, the surgeon may also provide realistic expectations of success based on your individual consult. Long-term weight loss success after weight loss surgery is very achievable. Patients at MISH Hospital and Clinics actually experience 40% more weight loss long-term compared to other accredited centers. Weight loss success can vary based on the individual's ability to follow the "rules" and knowledge of how to use their new weight loss "tool". Therefore, support groups and rules classes are offered to encourage long-term success.

The Most Effective Weight Loss Surgery 


One of the most important factors to consider while considering weight loss surgery is how effective the operation will be long-term for each individual person. Weight loss success can vary based on the operation and how consistently the patient follows the "rules". The rules include what, when and how to eat and drink following surgery. The rules change at different timelines following surgery, and some patients have trouble remembering, and sticking to, the rules long-term. This is why MISH Hospital and Clinics provides a weekly Rules Class free to all bariatric weight loss surgery and prospective bariatric weight loss surgery patients.

The type of weight loss surgery can also affect long-term success. This is because some procedures like the Lap-Band and Gastric Balloon are temporary weight loss tools while others such as the Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy are more permanent. The Sleeve Gastrectomy has quickly become one of the more popular weight loss surgery options with many patients now choosing "the sleeve" over the more familiar, less permanent Lap-Band.   

With the sleeve gastrectomy, the part of the stomach that stretches most to accommodate more food is removed. The sleeve gastrectomy surgery does not alter the normal digestive process, so food absorption and digestion remain the same. Weight loss after a sleeve gastrectomy procedure is projected to be 70% of the excess body weight, which is comparable to that of the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. This weight loss is expected to occur over one to one and half years after surgery. Half of the expected weight loss is lost in the first six months after surgery. To learn more about the sleeve gastrectomy, visit http://www.mishhospital.com/sleeve-gastrectomy.

What to Expect From a Weight Loss Surgery Seminar

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When considering weight loss surgery, the first thing you might do is attend a weight loss surgery informational seminar. Most weight loss surgery centers will require this as a first step and will offer it free of charge. The seminar is a chance to learn all about weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, and should be lead by a bariatric surgeon. This allows for in-depth conversations regarding surgery options; however much of the seminar will cover all surgery options and what to expect after surgery. 

Most seminars are offered at the hospital where bariatric surgeries (weight loss surgeries) are performed. Some centers also offer an online seminar for patients not wanting, or unable, to attend in person. MISH Hospital and Clinics recognizes some individuals feel uncomfortable in a group setting, and/or prefer to begin their weight loss journey in a more individualized, personal setting. Therefore, the surgeons at MISH Hospital and Clinics also offer a free consultation as a first step to weight loss surgery. 

Why choose whole grains over processed?

By: Rebecca Bennett, Clinical Dietician at MISH Hospital and Clinics' Kansas Institute of Medicine


September is National Whole Grains Month. In celebration, we’ll talk about the definition of a whole grain, why they are healthy for us and provide a recipe to try even more whole grains! A whole grain is simply a grain food eaten in its whole, unprocessed form. Examples of grains that can be eaten whole are wheat are corn, rice, oats, barley, quinoa, sorghum, spelt, and rye.

When manufacturers process the grains they typically remove the bran and germ leaving only the endosperm portion of the plant. The bran and germ contain antioxidants, many B vitamins and vitamin E, fiber and healthy fats that aren’t found in the endosperm only. Eating the whole grain (which is unprocessed meaning all parts of the grain are included) is much more nutritious.

Ensuring at least half of your daily grains are whole grains will help reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Cholesterol levels can also be lowered. Eating just three servings of whole grains daily can reduce your risk of heart disease by 25-36% and stroke by as much as 37%!

September Is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

By: Rebecca Bennett, Clinical Dietician at MISH Hospital and Clinics' Kansas Institute of Medicine


President Obama originally declared September National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in 2010. In 2016, the tradition continues and allows for learning about the problem and ways to prevent childhood obesityand address obesity in children. According to to the CDC, about 1 in 5 children are obese and certain groups of children are more affected than others. Childhood obesity is a major problem. 

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) says:

  • Children who have obesity are more likely to have obesity as adults. This can lead to lifelong physical and mental health problems, including diabetes and increased risk of certain cancers.
  • Children who have obesity face more bullying and stigma.
  • Childhood obesity is influenced by many factors. For some children and families, factors include too much time spent in sedentary activities such as television viewing; a lack of bedtime routine leading to too little sleep; a lack of community places to get adequate physical activity; easy access to inexpensive, high calorie snacks and beverages; and/or a lack of access to affordable, healthier foods.

September is Fruits and Veggies -- More Matters Month!

By: Rebecca Bennett, Clinical Dietician at MISH Hospital and Clinics' Kansas Institute of Medicine


Best of Hollywood 111September is Fruits and Veggies -- More Matters Month! What a great way to remind us of the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. According to http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org, about 90% of Americans do not eat enough fruits and veggies.

How many fruits and vegetables should I eat a day?

The dietary guidelines depend on gender and age, but the old rule of five a day is still a good rule. Another way to think about it is you should aim to make half your dinner plate full of fruits and vegetables.

What counts as a serving?

For vegetables: ½ cup cooked vegetables or 1 cup raw vegetables.

For fruit: 1 small fresh fruit (size of tennis ball), ½ cup canned fruit, ½ cup melon or berries, ½ cup fruit juice, or ¼ cup dried fruit.