WLS Surgical Associates
and Texas Bariatric Innovations Newsletter

October 2010

Do you have a story about obesity?  The obesity action coalition is looking for people who have a story.  Please see the link below.

Sincerely,  Joseph A. Kuhn, MD

The Obesity Action Coalition is the single best voice to represent YOU 

They are looking for people that would want to share their story about obesity and how it might have impacted you at your workplace or social environment.  A filmmaker is compiling stories and is interested in your story.  You could contact Elyssa Hess at [email protected]

Elyssa Hess
The Dallas Walk Photos:  September 18 2010

Walk 2010 Group photo
Walk with Kuhn Watson Savoie
Dr. Kuhn, Lauren and Sharon
Dr. Kuhn and Rebecca Miller
Dr. Kuhn and Rebecca Miller (Channel 33)
 Thanks to the efforts of many, including Sharon Savoie, Lauren Watson RD, and staff from Medical City, the Walk was a major success.  We had over 250 walkers, 15 vendor tables, a silent auction, raffles, a disc jockey, and an exercise warmup.  We raised over $14,000 for charity and research.  WOW. 

    Oct  11  (Mon)  Medical City Dallas
            7777 Forest Lane, Building A
            Conf A/B across from Cafeteria
    Oct  21  (Thurs)  Baylor Park Lane
            9101 N Central Expwy
            2nd floor conference room
            6:30 to 7:30
    Oct  28  (Thurs) Baylor Southwest FW
            2nd floor conference room
            6:00 to 8:00



Tomorrow, we will be talking about Colon screening and cancer risk issues associated with Obesity.

Dr. Noel Snowberger is a prominent Gastroenterologist who has a long experience with bariatric patients.

She will talk about screening, risk factors, and answer the questions that you might have about your bowels.

This should prove to be very interesting and informative.

Would someone please take notes and email them to me, so that I can put them into next months newsletter.


Come to the support group meeting and learn more. . . . and have fun.

October 11, 2010   7:00 pm

Building A, Meeting Room A/B (Across from Cafeteria) Medical City Dallas
   7777 Forest Lane  (free parking)

New Referrals

For new referrals, we will mail a DVD to a potential person who is considering their options or who simply wants to learn more about bariatric surgery.
You can Email our new patient coordinator to assist with mailings:
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Joseph Kuhn, MD, Medical Director

WLS Surgical Associates
Coming in December

A Holiday Party for all former patients.  We are in the stages of setting a time and place for the December Party that will allow reflection on the important things in life:  faith, family, and service to others. 

We look forward to another festive event.  We will notify all when final arrangements are made.

   Health Eating

Coming in January

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The Texas Association for Bariatric Surgery is having the annual meeting in January, 2011.  This will be a combined event with doctors from around the state and patients from around the state.  We will have a dedicated patient program with lectures, social bonding, and a super support group meeting.

Set aside the date:  Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dr. Kuhn will be the presiding President of the society and will make sure the event is fun.

Copper and your Diet


Copper deficiency is being recognized as a condition which could affect patients who undergo gastric bypass or gastric sleeve.  It is felt to be uncommon, but might be seen in as many as 2-5% of patients. 

Copper is found in various foods, including organ meats, seafood, wheatgerm, green vegetables, prunes, beans, peas, lentils, potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnip nuts (particularly walnuts, peanuts, and cashews), pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds. Breads and cereals made from whole grains and barley are also good copper sources.

Recommended daily allowance for copper -

The average dietary intake of copper should be approximately 1.0 to 1.1 mg/day for adult women and 1.2 to 1.6 mg/day for adult men. For lactating women, it is around 1.3 mg/day. 

Copper deficiency symptoms include -

Anemia is one of the symptoms.
A low White Blood Cell count would be the second most common sign of deficiency.  Unsteady walking could also be a late sign.  If you have a persistent Iron Deficiency anemia:  Think Copper !!!

Link to article on Copper deficiency

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