Bariatric nurse Judy Tanielian describes why patients are better at losing weight after they attend support groups.
Nurse Judy Tanielian:
We find that when our patients attend support groups both pre-operatively and post-operatively and on a regular basis they are more committed to their weight loss and seem to have a better outcome. They learn so much from each other in terms of what to do about various foods that might taste good, preparation – that sort of thing.
Often patients find after surgery the foods that used to appeal to them such as fried foods, no longer appeal to them. They can exchange recipes. They can exchange advice about vitamin regimens and advice about so many different issues.
About Judy Tanielian, R.N., B.S.N., C.B.N.:
Judy Tanielian, R.N., B.S.N., C.B.N. has nearly forty years of nursing experience and six years of experience as a Clinical Director managing Bariatric Surgery programs. She graduated with honors from Portland Community College’s Associate Degree Registered Nursing program in 1973. She served as a nurse at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in The Oregon Burn Center for twenty two years, filling a variety of roles from bedside care to management. While at Legacy, Judy was awarded her Bachelor’s Degree with honors, through Excelsior College. During that time period, she was also inducted into the Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau.
Condition: Obesity, Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese
Related Terms: StomaphyX™, Weight Loss, Bariatric Surgery, LAP-BAND®, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, Nutrition, Overweight, BMI, Body Mass Index, Decreased Mobility, Comorbidities, Diabetes, Hypertension
Expert: Nurse Tanielian, Judy Tanielian, R.N, Bariatric Nurse Judy Tanielian
Expertise: Incisionless Bariatric Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Bariatric Surgery Revisions