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In this episode we follow-up with Jeff Newell. For those of you new to the podcast, Jeff had Roux-en-Y-Gastric Bypass (RYGB) on 12/1/2014 after reaching a lifetime highest weight of 533 lbs (242 kg). He has been a guest on the podcast before, specifically episodes 42, 43, 49, and 55 as we have followed along […]
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Welcome to the Weight Loss Ssurgery Podcast where we talk about obesity and bariatric surgery one episode at a time. I’m your host, family nurse practitioner, Reeger Cortell. I recently heard the quote, “Great stories happen to people who can tell them.” I think that’s what this podcast is about, giving people the opportunity to […]
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In this episode I have a conversation with Dr Arya Sharma. Dr Sharma is Professor and Chair in Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta, Canada as well as Medical Director of the Alberta Health Services Provincial Obesity Strategy. He also led the charge in creating the Canadian Obesity Network, which since its […]
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In this episode, as I promised in my last episode, I bring back Dr Walter Medlin of the Bariatric Medicine Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah to talk about the bariatric surgery known generally as Duodenal Switch, but commonly called the “D.S.” Now for those of you new to the podcast, welcome, I’ve got over […]
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In this episode I welcome back John Bukenas. We explore how to choose a bariatric surgery program. If you are new to the podcast, John and I have talked about his obesity and the possibility of bariatric surgery in episodes 26 and 45. Topics discussed in the episode John’s struggles and declining health First Step: […]
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In this episode Jeff Newell returns to the podcast to catch us up on his life since having Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on 12/1/2014. Jeff has been on the podcast before on episodes 055, 049, 043, and 042. He is now 18 month out from his surgery and 300 pounds down from his pre-surgery weight of […]
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My guest today is Dr Raul Rosenthal. Dr Rosenthal works at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston Florida, where he is a bariatric surgeon, chief of surgery, chief of staff, and the director of the Cleveland Clinic Florida Metabolic and Bariatric Institute. In addition to all those good works, he is also the current president of […]
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Weight Loss Surgery Podcast by Reeger, Weight Loss Surgery Podcast - 5M ago
In this episode I bring you my interviews with six different bariatric surgeons. I conducted these interviews while I was at ObesityWeek in Los Angeles, CA in November 2015. I asked each surgeon one or two of the following questions: How do you help people decide which surgery to choose? And, If you could wave […]
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Weight Loss Surgery Podcast by Reeger, Weight Loss Surgery Podcast - 5M ago
In this episode, I bring you my conversation with Nikki Massie. Nikki is many things within the bariatric surgery community including a bariatric surgery patient who had Roux-enY Gastric Bypass in 2008, the creator of the ever popular website Bariatric Foodie where she encourages you to “play with your food,” a prolific blogger, a storyteller, a […]
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Weight Loss Surgery Podcast by Reeger, Weight Loss Surgery Podcast - 5M ago

  After a lifetime of struggling with obesity, Pandora Williams underwent Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass on October 19th, 2010. Now, five years later and through a lot of hard work and dedication, she is a fitness and wellness coach, blogger, avid runner, and motivational speaker. In this episode with interviewer Rob Portinga, Pandora tells her story […]
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