In addition to our own website, there are other resources on the Internet that provide a great deal of information on weight loss surgery and the options available today. Because we are committed to improving the overall health knowledge of our patients, we are providing the following selection of website links you might find useful and informative. We have organized the links into categories in order to provide quick access to the topics of greatest interest to you.
When visiting surgical societies websites go to patients information or resources page.
If you have a suggestion for a new link, please send us an email, as we are always looking for good resources to pass along to our valued patients and visitors to our website. We hope you find these sites helpful!
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Nancy Lum, RD, LDN, Bariatric Surgical Dietician
Dawn O'Meally, LCSW-C, Bariatric Psychologist/Therapist
The following links provide updated information on bariatric surgery by the largest bariatric associations across the country.
Laparoscopic (Minimally Invasive) Surgery
Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
American Obesity Association
The American Obesity Association (AOA) is an organization focused on changing public policy and the overall perceptions about obesity. The AOA serves as an advocate for obese people across the country with a goal to re-conceptualize obesity to be viewed as a disease rather than an individual failure.
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
The American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) was founded in 1983 and is the largest society for this specialty in the world. Their website is intended to provide education and support to surgeons and allied health professionals with some additional information also available for patients considering bariatric surgery.
American Society of Bariatric Physicians
Formed in 1950, The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) is a non-profit international medical association of allied health care professionals with special interest and experience in the treatment of obesity and related disorders. The ASBP provides useful information to their members, the health care industry, and the general public.
The following links provide some good information on topics of interest to bariatric patients.
FitDay - Free Diet & Weight Loss Journal, Food Diary
ObesityHelp.com is dedicated to the education, empowerment and support of all individuals affected by obesity, along with their families, friends, employers, surgeons and physicians. Membership to ObesityHelp.com is free and provides patients with weight loss resources, message boards, chat rooms, and other interactive features.
Learn everything you need to know about the LAP-BAND® System (for the adjustable gastric banding procedure); considered one of the safest and least invasive weight-loss surgery procedures available today. The site includes information about costs and insurance, as well as post-op resources such as checklists, guidelines and more.
Learn everything you need to know about the Realize Band system.
Detailed bariatric (weight loss) surgery information, resources, and tools for people struggling with morbid obesity seeking to lose excess body weight for good. The site provides information on the health risks of obesity, diseases caused by morbid obesity, and the effectiveness and risks of bariatric surgery options available today.
Patient Advocacy Groups
Obesity patient advocacy groups work on behalf of overweight and obese people to inform the public, media, congress and other influencers about the effects of obesity.
The Obesity Society
Since 1982, NAASO has been a scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity. The society is committed to promoting research, education and advocacy to better understand, prevent, and treat obesity and improve the lives of those affected.
Obesity Action Coalition
The mission of Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is to elevate and empower those affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support. They continue to educate patients, family members and the public on obesity and morbid obesity.
The following are general health related sites that cover a broad spectrum of issues and topics.
National Institutes of Health
Official website of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers. An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH is the Federal focal point for health research. The NIH website offers health information for the public as well as medical professionals. The website has an A-Z index on various health topics, NIH health resources, clinical trials, health hotlines, MEDLINEplus, drug information and more.
National Sleep Foundation
Sleep is not merely a “time out” from our busy routines; it is essential for good health, mental and emotional functioning and safety. Check out this website to learn whether you’re getting the quality—and quantity—sleep you need.
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