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 the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
In this episode we talk about the fear factors people confront when they are considering bariatric surgery as part of the treatment plan for their obesity. I reached out to Dr Rosenthal after I read his article the the ASMBS journal, Connect, titled:“Fear Factor: Our Patients Fear Bariatric Surgery More than Obesity!” Click HERE to read the article.
Discussed in the Episode:
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Dr Raul Rosenthal, his story of becoming a bariatric surgeon
Men and obesity
Primary Care Providers role in beginning the conversation
Denial goes both ways- people affected by obesity may not know and primary care providers may not talk about it
The ten reasons people do not seek bariatric surgery, also discussed in Episode 50 of this podcast
Fear of failure
Intimidation of asking about fears
Dr Allan Whitgrove changed the field of gastrointestinal surgery
The chronicity of obesity
The ASMBS obesity prevention committee
The misconceptions of bariatric surgery
The fear of weight regain during pregnancy after bariatric surgery
Humans are energy storing machines
Dr Rosenthal explains how the sleeve gastrectomy helps people lose weight
The evolution of the sleeve since it’s beginning in 2004
The importance of helping not only patients understand sleeve gastrectomy but also other physicians understand this surgery too
What Dr Rosenthal takes into consideration when considering sleeve or RYGB for each patient
What questions should a patient seek to answer when interviewing a bariatric surgery center
Medical tourism: Benefits and risks
The ASMBS is working to increase access to care (insurance coverage) for all people affected by obesity and not just surgical care but all evidence-based obesity treatment options.
Dr Rosenthal’s goal for his term as president of the ASMBS
My favorite quote from this episode
"Sleeve gastrectomy is the stomach of the 21st century"
Connecting with me
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Bonus Feature (don't know what Im talking about? Well then listen ALL the way to the very end of the episode)
Lyrics to You Were Born