069 Talking about the Fear Factors of Bariatric Surgery with Dr Raul Rosenthal

by reeger on April 17, 2016

Episode 069

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:

  • I launched my Patreon page. Will you consider supporting the podcast?
  • 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”

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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) 
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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy Swayzee April 18, 2016 at 12:33 am

Great episode. So great to hear Dr. Rosenthal I am lucky to be a patient at Cleveland Clinic. Thank you for each episode you produce.


reeger April 18, 2016 at 4:47 am

Thank you Amy! And especially thank you for becoming my very first patron. I will do my best to continue to deserve your patronage! Reeger


Finding Onederland July 18, 2016 at 3:58 pm

While listening to this episode, I found myself nodding in agreement with many of the points made by you and by Dr. Rosenthal about the fear of the surgery. However, I have had many surgeries (c-sections, mastectomy) so the surgery itself is not where my fear stems from. My hesitation to have the surgery is the food. I do not want to feel like I am going to be depriving myself for the rest of my life.

Now, I realize that indulging in these foods has done me no favors, or else I would not be considering surgery to begin with, but if I am being honest, that is where I am at. I am working through this fear, trying to satisfy myself with more nutritious food, and ever reminding myself that food is just fuel – but I am concerned that this will be a problem post-op.


CKeegan June 19, 2017 at 2:55 pm

I really enjoyed this episode with Dr Rosenthal. I also loved his quote about the sleeve gastrectomy is the stomach of the 21st century. I feel a lot more sure of my decision to have bariatric surgery. I also really enjoyed listening to Dr Kyrillos (episode 80 I think). I am new to your pod cast so I have to catch up but I feel so lucky to have found it, this information is saving my life! Thanks so much for every episode.


reeger June 20, 2017 at 4:13 am

Hi Catherine, Welcome to the WLSP! I am so glad you found it. It is a resource for you and as you are discovering there is a lot of content to dig into, so happy digging and especially learning. : ) Reeger


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