Showing posts with label food and gastric bypass. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food and gastric bypass. Show all posts

Friday, April 8, 2011

Why Can't I Lose Weight After Gastric Banding?

I overheard this conversation recently between two friends in the cafeteria.

Friend 1: How are you doing since your stomach banding?
Friend 2: I'm okay. But I'm not losing much weight.
Friend 1: Why? What foods are you eating?
Friend 2: I try to eat the same things every day so my new stomach can handle it okay.
Friend 1: What are you having for lunch today?
Friend 2: Same thing I had yesterday. I got an enchilada with rice, sour cream, and an avocado. I drink it with some diet Coke.
Friend 1: Maybe you just need to give it more time.

I'm paraphrasing some here but this is the essence of the conversation. You got to love good friends who support you through thick and thin.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

These are a few of my favorite things

This monstrosity is called The Luther Rory. It is a one-third pound burger between two slices of cheese, four slices of bacon, peanut butter, and two Krispy Kreme doughnuts. YUM! I found this picture courtesy of a great website Other food creations featured include deep fried anythings and giant meat and carb creations. Check it out. I am no gastronome. My fanciest meal each year is the buffet line at the Bellagio for our annual Las Vegas vacation. But sometimes, when I'm on call in the middle of the night, I sure could go for a Luther Rory, or a Scooby Snack, or a Hamburger Helper Pizza Burger.

Since this is an anesthesia blog, I should say a little something about how this is medically related, right? Which leads me to the medical lecture I am about to give. Eating Luther Rories or Scooby Snacks will eventually lead to obesity which may require a gastric bypass to correct. For those who are not familiar with inducing anesthesia in morbidly obese patients, here is a video of an awake fiberoptic intubation. It is not pretty. And I have to say it is one of my least favorite and scariest things I have to do in the OR. Patients don't think it's such a great thrill ride either. Think about that next time you go to the country fair and order that fried Snickers.

So there you have it, a blog entry on two of my favorite subjects in the world: food (especially if it's bad for you) and anesthesia.