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This. pains. me. And, it's only going to get worse. -MM Healthy Americans Press Release - Washington, D.C. June 29, 2010 - Adult obesity rates increased in 28 states in the past year, and declined only in the District of Columbia (D.C.), according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). More than two-thirds of states (38) have adult obesity rates above 25 percent. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. The report highlights troubling racial, ethnic,... Read more By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today Published: June 28, 2010 Reviewed by Adam J. Carinci, MD; Instructor, Harvard Medical School and Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Nurse Planner LAS VEGAS -- Weight loss increased by 50% in obese patients treated with medical therapy after failure of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, data from a retrospective cohort study showed. Total weight loss before medical augmentation averaged 30% of excess body weight, increasing to 45% after augmentation. All of the commonly used drugs helped jump start weight loss from plateaus, but combination therapy was most effective, more than doubling weight... Read more

BariatricTV's ASMBS Video Series!

(I love the BTV crew. The gorgeous ladies of BTV and Big Mike took T and I out yesterday and brought us to the airport last night. They deserve a big gold star. ) Check out the wicked cool videos they have ALREADY MADE from this week's ASMBS Conference! Mike was editing and uploading his little fingers away! (Yes, they got me on camera, AGAIN, after I ran away.) Teresa chatting about Celebrate Vites - Vic G. who gets a really big gold star for putting up with ME this week, discussing Celebrate - Dr. J from Bariatric Advantage! I... Read more

Epilepsy is fun. Because? Sometimes you don't have a warning of when you are going to have a seizure. My grand mal seizures have been well-controlled on medication for a very long time now, but I am still having complex partial seizures at least once a week while on two drugs. This means, I may drop into a semi non-coherent state pretty immediately at any given time. FUN! (Don't tell anyone.) Now do you understand why I hesitate and avoid going out alone? Yeah. That's why. I've dropped in Starbucks, The Apple Store, Wal Mart, the Bank, The Post Office,... Read more

Excess Skin Video

I am simply amazed at the bravery of this woman, putting her skin out there like this. She is awesome, because you know what? SO MANY WOMEN LOOK JUST LIKE HER and are scared to show themselves. (Including me, who goes out with 3/4 length tees and pants at all times.) BRAVO, Sarah. Read more

ASMBS: Bypass, Sleeve Top Banding for Weight Loss

ASMBS: Bypass, Sleeve Top Banding for Weight Loss Published: June 28, 2010 Reviewed by Dori F. Zaleznik, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston and Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Nurse Planner LAS VEGAS -- Gastric bypass surgery leads to the greatest weight loss among the three most commonly used bariatric procedures, investigators in two large cohort studies concluded. Gastric bypass reduced body-mass index (BMI) to less than 35 kg/m2 within 18 months in patients with baseline BMI as high as 83 kg/m2. Gastric banding demonstrated comparable efficacy only among patients with much lower post-banding BMI.... Read more

I went to Vegas and look who I found!

fIt was SO great to meet many of my website sponsors in person at ASMBS. I got to meet some of these fine peeps for the first time! The Celebrate Vitamins Gang! You guys rock, and thanks to Vic for putting up with me and paying for my $8.00 Red Bull. (Watch for that blog post. It's later. Note to self, don't seize in Vegas.) Obesity! Pictured here, Bo with Jamie Dukes! Tom Kinder, Jacqueline Jacques and the Bariatric Advantage Crew... (Above, Jonathan + I) The Isopure Boys! Marc and the Bariatric Fusion gals! Jerome and Martha and... Read more

MM Events Walk from Obesity 2010 - COMING SOON! Obesity Help Houston Weight Loss Conference 2010 November 2010 Houston, TX Click to save $ on your ticket now! Obesity Help Cincinnati Weight Loss Conference 2010 August 2010 Cincinnati, OH Click to save $ on your ticket NOW! Read more

Medpage - ASMBS: Bariatric Surgery Riskier For Smokers - LAS VEGAS -- Smoking appears to make bariatric surgery more risky, particularly with respect to development of strictures and surgical-margin ulcers, data from a large cohort study suggest. Obese smokers had a fourfold greater risk of stricture and three times the risk of marginal ulcer compared with nonsmokers undergoing weight-loss surgery. However, smoking might not have been the only culprit in the complications, as the type of surgery also influenced the complication risk in smokers. "The overall complication rate among smokers was 18% but was noted only in patients who underwent... Read more

ASMBS: Gastric Banding Gets Low Marks

ASMBS: Gastric Banding Gets Low MarksLAS VEGAS -- Adjustable gastric banding achieves only modest weight loss, and even that benefit deteriorates over time in most patients, a Dutch surgeon said here. Five years after surgery, about two thirds of patients maintained 25% excess weight loss. At 10 years the success rate dropped to less than a third (31%). Using 40% excess weight loss as the standard resulted in a five-year success rate of about 50%, which declined to 20% at 10 years, Edo Aarts, MD, reported at the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery meeting. Control of obesity-related comorbid... Read more

Medical News: ASMBS: Women's Sex Life Better After Bariatric Surgery - in Meeting Coverage, ASMBS from MedPage Today. LAS VEGAS -- Sexual function improved in almost 70% of obese women who underwent bariatric surgery, according to data from a small prospective cohort study. Almost two-thirds of the patients met clinical criteria for female sexual dysfunction prior to surgery. Six months after the bariatric procedures, only one in five women fulfilled the criteria. "Across the whole sample, significant postoperative improvement occurred in all domains of the sexual function index," Dale Bond, PhD, of Miriam Hospital and Brown University in Providence, R.I.,... Read more

I am so freaking tired, I can barely sit up, however I am staying awake until a normal bed time without napping because I WANT TO SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT. But, I've been prodded to share a little of the dramatic escapades of the conference. Ready for it? Here's a taste - Yeah. Toni and I fought. It was bad. Protein EVERYWHERE. She thinks she can kick my ass and take the ready to drink protein coffee based concoction from my hands? THINK AGAIN WOMAN, THINK AGAIN. Round Two, Cincinnati, maybe. She is going DOWN. Clearly she is unaware of... Read more

This is about how I feel right now. Sure, there is a story, AND A VIDEO to follow this event with the Sham Wow Man of Protein. And, more! Vendors, are... interesting. I just got off the plane in Boston and really wanted to kiss the green trees and water, because you know what they do not have in Vegas? GREEN TREES AND WATER. They were surgically installed in the MALLS in Vegas. The plane ride was better at night -- since I was half comatose from 10pm PST - to 6am EST and I am half crazy waiting for... Read more

It's our last day here and our first day getting any room service! We are living HIGH ON THE HORSE. Or at least it smells like a horse out in the hallway. For a Very Nice Hotel this particular floor must be within the vent system for the kitchen. It smells like old BBQ all day long. Last night, pastrami dipped in blue cheese and black truffle mayo and pickles dipped in mustard at Todd English, my first-ever (I think) GELATO (with not a single reaction, I love you Coconut Gelato! Photos to follow! Remember, "Gelato is not allowed!" SARCASM.... Read more

Although I am here at the conference as a non-professional, there are countless educational sessions going on this week for the professionals. (This is why they come.) As much as I would love to have learned about many things discussed here - there is a trickle down effect. And, yesterday there was one. Dr. Garth Davis had attended a session regarding hypoglycemia after roux en y gastric bypass and revision surgery. He shared with me that there is much promise for gastric sleeve surgery as an option in slowing and reversing reactive hypoglycemia. This would mean a revision, but not... Read more

This is my brain's impression of VEGAS. Try not to have a seizure. I I realized that this place is not place for a baby weight loss surgery post op. If this had been a WLS conference for patients? There would be drama, dumping, divas and debt. Merely getting off of the plane and walking into the Las Vegas airport, you walk into slot machines! Maybe I expected something else? Getting into my hotel - a full blown casino! Chair massage? Girls with fake boobs and dresses cut at the pube line to hand out free drinks! Running past this... Read more

Today was the first of the Exhibition days of the ASMBS conference. This is the time where all of the companies and services can promote their wares to the Bariatric Professionals -- surgeons, nurses, RD's, mental health professionals, a very targeted event situation. There are Bariatric specific vitamins, supplements, proteins, books, post weight loss surgery diet plans, surgical instruments, medical products, financial and insurance products, website building and SEO for the medical community, online weight loss surgery support websites and massage chairs. ;) (I had to throw that in there, because YES I PARTOOK in the massage chair that... Read more

Hi new readers!

If you have just stumbled on to my blog via ASMBS - WELCOME! Thanks for visiting. I am learning a great deal here at the event and meeting many new faces and finally putting faces to names and I simply wanted to give a shout-out because I noticed folks from Vegas hotels were checking out the blog. Hi there. If you're wondering what "Melting Mama" is all about? Melting is a journey of "life after weight loss surgery." The site originally started just after Mr + Mrs. 'MM" underwent bariatric surgery in 2004, and is a continual work in... Read more

Sin City

Forgive me mother for I have sinned. A little. Or at least I attempted to and failed miserably at doing so. I ventured out briefly this evening with some folks for dinner and walked 'the strip.' It reminded me of New York City, but hot, sweaty, and ...icky. In fact. So icky, I got several, um, calling cards for $45 nightly specials from 'Lisa' and her friends. This reminds me that yesterday, I went to the spa in one of the hotels. And, after I got a massage, I got in the hot tub, and it was swimsuit optional. I... Read more

The BBGC bracelet has arrived! Obesity is a pandemic that's EATING UP the U.S. Here are some interesting facts about obesity in the U.S. published by the U.S. CDC. 10% of the profits will be donated to The Obesity Action Coalition. About the OAC The Obesity Action Coalition is an IRS registered 501(c)3 National non profit organization dedicated to giving a voice to those affected by obesity. The OAC was formed to build a nationwide coalition of those affected to become active advocates and spread the important message of the need for obesity education. To increase obesity education, the OAC... Read more