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Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.

Issue #57

October 15, 2004

This is HUGE!!! Wow!! Have you heard this news?? The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an article Oct. 13th which revealed all of the health benefits from the weight loss surgery. I am detailing the study in an article below.

Do you remember when you were in high school and you knew that if the coolest kid in your grade liked something, then it was cool also. Well JAMA is like the coolest kid in the whole school. Ever! When something is published in JAMA, it is significant. I’m doing the “Snoopy happy dance.”  

We know the benefits of weight loss surgery, but there is so much education that needs to occur to help the millions of people out there who need an answer to their weight problem.  The JAMA article is just one step forward, but it is a big one.

In This Issue


* Research Article: JAMA Article on the Effect of Bariatric Surgery on 4 Diseases
* Recipe: Cheesy Dill Crab Dip
* Success Story: Anna Mattaliano
* Spreading the Word in Springfield, San Antonio and Huntington, WV

Research Article:
     JAMA Article on the Effect of
              Bariatric Surgery on 4 Diseases

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a landmark article on bariatric surgery this past Wednesday.  The article detailed a study to determine how effective bariatric surgery is on diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.  It was a study of 136 studies that included 22,094 patients.  This is a huge study.  It is huge in the number of patients included and huge in the significance of the study being published in the most prestigious medical journal.

What they found:

Patients average weight loss was 61%
Diabetes was eased or eliminated in 86% of cases
High blood pressure improved in 78.5% of patients
Sleep apnea improved in 85.7% of patients
High cholesterol went down in 70% of patients
One in 200 died within one month after surgery

There is a quote from Dr. Buchwald that I love.  He said “There are 8 to 10 million people who are morbidly obese in this country, and we’re only operating on 1 percent to 2 percent of them. Treating that small of a percentage wouldn’t be tolerated if it was any other illness.”

We are very fortunate to have such advocates for us as Dr. Buchwald, and the other surgeons involved in this study.  It is work like this that will make weight loss surgery more common place as people realize that it is an effective and safe surgery. 

Buchwald, Henry, et al, “Bariatric Surgery: A systematic Review and Meta-analysis,” Journal of the American Medical Association. Vol. 292:14, Oct. 13, 2004, p 1724 - 1737.

Here is a link to the abstract of the article:

Recipe: Cheesy Dill Crab Dip

This is a great recipe when you are on pureed food. It has protein and goes down very easily.  In later stages, eat with raw veggies. 

Crab dip in a cheese cream sauce

1 pound crab meat, cooked and drained
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup Havarti cheese, grated
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a medium sauté pan over medium high heat, bring heavy cream to a light simmer.

Add cheeses, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, dill and salt and pepper.

Once cheese has melted, add crab meat.

Serve hot.

This recipe is from Culinary Classics, Essentials of Cooking for the Gastric Bypass Patient by David Fouts.  Get a copy at my website along with the CD of the telephone seminar that David and I did on food - how to prepare it, what to buy and what to eat!  Click Here for information: http://www.wlscenter.com/Teleseminar/ChefDavid/ChefDavid.htm

If you have a recipe that you would like to share in future issues of this newsletter, please send it to me at Barbara@wlscenter.com

Success Story: Anna Mattaliano  

I want to offer a special thanks to Anna Mattaliano.  Here is her story:

I have always been overweight, even since childhood. My parents were raised in the depression era. When my parents were growing up, food was a main concern, especially for big families. Both my parents came from a family of seven children. If food was on the table, everything was right with the world.

Food had become so precious during the depression, that my family believed that food meant love. So, if you loved someone you fed them, and if that person wanted to show they loved you back, they cleaned their plate – no matter how many times it was filled up! 

By the time I was in high school and started noticing the opposite sex, I was well beyond the “Twiggy” type bodies of my peers. I tried everything – the banana diet, the grapefruit diet, over the counter diet pills, the drinks, the promises and even the prescribed diet pills of the 70’s. I was in high school and on amphetamines, prescribed by my pediatrician! 

When nothing worked, I just gave up. I became the overweight person in the crowd, the one that never had a date. I was the one that always felt left out and literally never fit in. Time passed and I accepted whatever came my way.

I grew up to be an overweight adult who would do anything for friendship and even more for a relationship with a man.  Abuse comes in many forms, and if you don’t care about yourself it will find you. I saw my entire little girl dreams passing me by - finding a nice man, having a big wedding, and a family of my own. The one thing I wanted more than anything was to have a baby of my own, a child to love and care for. I had so much love to give and no one wanted it.

So by choice, I got pregnant at 34 years old. I had a rough pregnancy and almost lost my daughter.  My doctor put me on complete bed rest and between that and some emotional problems I gained 100 pounds during my pregnancy.  Everyone said I would lose it after the baby was born. But by the time my daughter was 5 yrs old, I had ballooned up to 317 pounds.  I was special ordering t-shirts in size 7X just to have something to wear. 

I had pain everywhere in my body but the worst was in my back and neck. My neurosurgeon decided to do back surgery. I had a diskectomy on my lower back, and a herniated disk was removed.  I also decided to see a counselor.

In the counseling sessions more and more things came out about my past that I had never even dealt with. It shocked me to hear what was coming out of my mouth for the first time in my life. This made everything clearer to me. It just all fell together like a puzzle. 

I wanted and needed to get better.  It was at that time I met a woman who had gastric bypass surgery 12 years earlier performed by Dr. Maguire. She looked good, was healthy and happy. I started asking any doctor I came in contact with, who was the best surgeon doing gastric bypass surgery in my area?

Dr. Maguire is who everyone recommended. I did further extensive research on gastric bypass surgery and was finally ready to meet Dr. Maguire and hear his orientation.  As soon as the orientation was over I started running around getting all the paperwork the insurance company required. When the last piece of paper was sent in, I breathed a sigh of relief and gave the whole situation to God. I knew whether I was approved for RNY or BPD or turned down for both, it was going to be the best choice for me. 

On December 5, 2001 I had a Roux en Y gastric bypass. The weight melted off and so did many inhibitions.  One day I found myself standing up in front of many people talking about gastric bypass surgery as president of the New Life Surgery support group.  That is something I would have never even considered at 317 pounds.

It was at the support group meeting that I met my wonderful husband, Matt. He too had gastric bypass surgery only two weeks after I did and I didn’t even know it. I had seen him around the support group but with so many people there I never got the chance to talk to him very much.  I am so glad that one day I found the time. 

I believe God knows who your mate is but both of you have to be ready before you are to meet. You have to be happy with yourself first. So now at the age of 45 I am married for the first time in my life. And also for the first time in my life I am a size 12!  This surgery is one of the best things I have ever done.

I have met many people along the way who have had this surgery.  I listen to everyone’s experiences. I do as much research as I can and try to pass on the information to everyone who is interested.  I share my story with everyone who wants to know about it.  I believe if I spread the word, I might help that one person who is feeling helpless like I did. I might give someone some hope that they can have a better life, like the one Dr. Maguire gave me. 

Anna Mattaliano  
Dayton, Ohio

Before After

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