The Seventh Bariatric Family Reunion at L.A. Bariatrics was a Great Success

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Updates and highlights from the seventh bariatric family reunion at L.A. Bariatrics, a Los Angeles based weight loss program, located at Marina Del Rey Hospital.

Many patients bring their “before” photos, and lots of us didn’t find it easy to recognize the people we know today in these old pre-surgery pictures.

L.A. Bariatrics’ medical director Dr. Jeremy Korman announced the total success of the seventh bariatric family reunion held on August 18, 2012.

“Over 60 people were at the party,” said Dr. Jeremy Korman. “Bariatric patients at different stages of their weight loss journey came accompanied by their families and loved ones. Two dozens of our weight loss patients lost 2,052 pounds combined. This is an enormous accomplishment. We are so proud of them," he proudly continues.

Indeed these reunions give a great chance not only to the patients and their families to see the effectiveness of weight loss surgery procedures, but for their surgeons and weight loss program staff members as well to see the result of their hard work and dedication.

“If you think about it L.A. Bariatrics patients lost together a ton of excess weight. I am new in this weight loss program, so I did not perform most of these patients bariatric procedure but I feel I will burst with pride. Bariatric family reunions are a true celebration of health and weight loss success,” stated Dr. Mona Misra, a new addition to L.A. Bariatrics, a talented and well known bariatric surgeon, with an impressive resume.

The party had a western theme; the medical staff and the guests attended the celebration dressed up as cowboys, sheriffs, wearing boots and western apparel, the children played in a bouncy castle and there was a raffle where everyone could participate and win health-conscious prizes.

“Many patients bring their “before” photos, and lots of us didn’t find it easy to recognize the people we know today in these old pre-surgery pictures," explained proudly Dr. Korman.

Being able not only to lose the excess weight, but to maintain the weight loss for years to come takes hard work, determination and mutual support. These bariatric family reunions are also witnessing the importance and value of the multidisciplinary team approach used by weight loss programs today.

L.A. Bariatrics started this event back in 2005 and made it a yearly tradition. Last year to be able to participate in the Walk from Obesity, the bariatric family reunion was not held but with 2012 the tradition goes on.

About L.A. Bariatrics & Dr. Jeremy Korman
L.A. Bariatrics, a Los Angeles based weight loss program is located at Marina Del Rey Hospital. In 2004 this bariatric program received the designation of Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. The staff members of this program are skilled and dedicated professionals. Dr. Jeremy Korman, the medical director of this facility leads a multidisciplinary team for bariatric patients not only on physical but on an emotional level as well. The bariatric program offers free weight loss seminars for the new patients and support group meetings for their existing patients.

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