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Free UCLA seminar for bariatric surgery patients with weight gain

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Bariatric surgery can provide many benefits for individuals suffering from morbid obesity, including to a return to normal weight, reversal of diabetes, and lowering of blood pressure. However, several years after the surgery, a number of individuals begin to gain weight. This is often due to stretching that expands the surgically-created gastric pouch. To address this issue, UCLA is holding a free seminar. UCLA gastroenterologist Dr. Rabindra Watson and UCLA dietician Yasmin Firouzman will explain the mechanisms behind the increase in weight and provide information on a new minimally-invasive procedure to tighten the gastric pouch that may have expanded over time. The experts also will provide the latest diet and nutrition information, which can help maximize health for bariatric surgery patients.

The seminar will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.in the auditorium of the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, located at 1250 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404. For additional information, parking instructions and to RSVP please call 800-516-5323 or go to the following website: http://gastro.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=127.

When combined with a comprehensive treatment plan, bariatric surgery may often act as an effective tool to provide you with long term weight-loss and help you increase your quality of health. Bariatric surgery has been shown to help improve or resolve many obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more. Frequently, individuals who improve their weight find themselves taking less and less medications to treat their obesity-related conditions.

According to the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, work by changing the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract (stomach and digestive system) or by causing different physiologic changes in the body that change your energy balance and fat metabolism. Regardless of which bariatric surgery procedure one undergoes, it is important to remember that bariatric surgery is a “tool.” Weight loss success also depends on many other important factors, such as nutrition, exercise, behavior modification, and more.

By changing the gastrointestinal anatomy, certain bariatric procedures affect the production of intestinal hormones in a way that reduces hunger and appetite and increases feelings of fullness (satiety). The end result is reduction in the desire to eat and in the frequency of eating.

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