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Month: October 2015

Staying on Track and Surviving Halloween

October 27, 2015 6:07 am



Halloween is the start of  temptations during the holiday season and surviving Halloween is possible. It’s a time of high carbohydrate treats that can turn into a nasty trick of regain or slowed weight loss. Halloween is a fun holiday that you can participate in with some foresight and planning.  Sugar and simple carbohydrates are easily absorbed and can decrease weight loss or regain. The following are some helpful tips to keep you on track.

  • Stay steady with high protein, hydration, vitamins and minerals.  Protein and hydration will keep you full and help curb the carb cravings.
  • Make you own high protein treats.  There are so many great recipes out there.
  • If you give out candy don’t buy candy that you like.  In fact, do the opposite and buy candy you dislike.
  • Don’t give out candy at all. Instead opt to do a non-candy type item, stickers, pencils, rings, trinkets, easers, small coloring books, or other small items.
  • Keep a list of your goals posted in a visible place.
  • Make a picture collage of your goals, achievements you want, and non-scale victories you’d like to achieve posted in a high visibility location.

Stay strong and avoid the pitfalls of temptation.

Duodenal Switch Look Alikes- SADI/SIPS/Loop

October 23, 2015 4:06 pm

There is no substitute for the Duodenal Switch  (DS) operation. The other easier procedures that are being presented as DS equivalent are untested, and unproven operations that in my opinion will fall short of the outcome patients expect. The coding definition of BPD/DS is as follows: A Gastric restrictive procedure with partial gastrectomy, pylorus-preserving duodenoileostomy and ileoileostomy (50 to 100cm common channel) to limit absorption (biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch) Please not that there are two anastomosis within the definition.

As a patient advocate and a surgeon who has seen a number of recent complications (significant bile reflux gastritis, inadequate weight loss, etc..) of these “Duodenal Switch” substitute procedures,   (SADI/SIPS/Loop)  I would recommend that any patient considering anything other than the anatomically accurate and proven standard DS procedure realize that they are being subjected to a procedure with an unknown long-term outcome other than what is published in a few studies with a very short-term follow-up. The weight loss of SADI/SIPS/Loop studies have only been measured in terms of months versus years. I would predict that for the majority of those patients, the long-term weight loss will be inadequate and further corrective surgery will be needed, either for inadequate weight loss or other complications such as bile reflux.

Teaching Nursing Students about Duodenal Switch!

October 19, 2015 11:34 am

Dr. Keshishian explaining the different weight loss surgical procedures to nursing students. Including the duodenal switch before cases to a number of nursing students on a board in the operating room. Dr. Keshishian is always willing to educate and draw with a smile but not always with a bowtie! Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 10.33.12 AM Cindy Porcell, Surgical tech put the finishing touches on it. In case you are wondering, surgical scrubs do not have bowties!

Surgical Outcomes

October 02, 2015 10:10 am

In a recent review article  published in the September 2015- Volume 42:10 of General Surgery News,  the surgical outcomes of different procedures were summarized. There were evaluated based on a number of measures, including re-operation rates. So interesting to note that the re-operation rate of the duodenal switch is the lowest of all surgical procedures. Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 8.39.02 AM Adjustable gastric banding had the highest reported re-operation rate. To be noted is the longer the time lapse the higher the need for re-operation for the band. Original article here. Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 8.35.13 AM