080 They Didn’t Staple My Brain- A conversation with Dr Janine Kyrillos

by reeger on February 13, 2017


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In this episode I have a conversation with Dr Janine Kyrillos. Dr Kyrillos is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and she is Director of Jefferson Comprehensive Weight Management Program at Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. She is also someone who herself is affected by obesity and has undergone Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in 2005. This conversation ranges from her personal story of obesity and bariatric surgery to her professional role as an obesity medicine specialist who helps people along their journey of treatment for their obesity.

Discussed in this Episode

  • Dr Kyrillos’ early and personal history with obesity, weight loss, weight regain
  • Early adulthood- not letting her weight define her, living her life, traveling, learning new things
  • Feelings of conflict on her role as a medical doctor counseling patients on obesity when she herself was obese
  • How the result of the Swedish Obesity Study helped her understand more of the complexity of obesity and the potential role bariatric surgery could play in its treatment
  • The limited education that medical students get on obesity and nutrition and how to help people
  • Deciding to have bariatric surgery and moving forward
  • Before surgery “The last supper” phenomena and “saying goodbye” to food
  • How well can we pre-surgically predict a persons post-surgical success?
  • Her early post-operative expectations and experiences
  • How, if, when to tell her patients about her own bariatric surgery
  • Struggles with food
  • The New York Times article How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat
  • Letting go of expectation of a cure allowed her to be open to the process of self-discovery
  • Becoming specialty trained in Obesity Medicine
  • When should bariatric surgery be considered?
  • Medical weight management
  • A hard and fast rule for Dr Kyrillos is no alcohol
  • Dumping syndrome
  • Considerations regarding pregnancy and bariatric surgery
  • Reeger’s concluding thoughts regarding this episode
  • Kids jokes. No really, I’m not kidding. Don’t believe me? Listen to the very, very end

Connecting with Dr Janine Kyrillos

Connecting with Reeger

  • email: reeger@weightlosssurgerypodcast.com
  • WLSP Facebook
  • Support the podcast at Patreon

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