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Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the difference between complementary medicine and alternative medicine
  2. Discuss the use of mind body techniques for bariatric surgery patients
  3. Describe the intersection of integrative nutrition and bariatric nutrition
  4. Develop an understanding of the complementary medicine treatments that are available
  5. Discuss how and when these modalities may be applied
  6. Characterize indications and contraindications for use

Is there a role for complementary modalities to support the surgical weight loss journey? This session will discuss the evidence for, and the use of, various complementary and alternative medicine modalities including meditation, mindfulness, imagery, yoga, tai chi, Reiki, breath techniques, functional nutrition, acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy, medical cannabis, and others. Discussion will focus on both the benefits and indications (for example pain relief, stress management, co-morbidities, weight loss), as well as the cons or special considerations, for the use of these various tools for patients engaged in a bariatric surgery program.

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8:00am Welcome and Introduction
8:05am The Mind Body Connection: Meditation, Mindfulness, Imagery
8:20am Utilizing Yoga, Tai Chi, Reiki, Breath Techniques
8:35am Functional and Integrative Nutrition
8:50am Integrative Surgery, Incorporating Complementary Modalities
9:05am Discussion and Question & Answer
9:25am Wrap up
9:30am Adjourn