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Dear Friends & Family of LapSF and the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Hawaii,

    Happy Easter Everyone! As we are coming upon the holiday that celebrates new life and beginnings, I want you all to celebrate the decision you made to start your new life with weight loss surgery. I am sure all of you have one or more reasons why you love your new life at a smaller size and healthier body. We want to congratulate you for thinking about how important it is to be healthy and that you took matters into your own hands to help shape your healthy new life. This Sunday reflect on your life as a journey and focus on the positive aspects that led you to this new you, and forgive yourself for any mistakes made in the past.


Remember that holidays should be focused on being with the ones you love, rather than the food that is served. Make something you enjoy on Easter, but be sure it fits the post-surgical diet criteria.



"To ensure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life."-William Londen

Bari-Tasty Recipes


 Easter Recipe: Baby Lamb Chops with Mint Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce


Lamb is a common dish prepared at Easter meals. Instead of a leg of lamb, use portion controlled baby lamb chops to ensure a 2-3 oz serving for your meal (per chop).  


Serve this to around 10 guests, but be sure to portion out one chop (~2-3 oz for yourself).





-1 rack of lamb (3 pound rack = 16 chops)

 -2 tbsp olive oil

-salt and pepper to taste


Yogurt Sauce:

-1 cup plain 0% Greek yogurt

-1 lime juiced

-1 clove garlic, finely chopped

-1 cup fresh mint

-salt to taste

-1 tsp cumin

-1 tsp paprika

For the lamb chops:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


Over high heat, preheat a large skillet with cooking oil. Liberally season the racks of lamb with salt and fresh ground pepper. Place the meat in the pan and sear all sides over high heat until evenly browned.


Place the racks on a sheet pan and place in the oven to finish cooking. For medium rare, about 8 minutes; medium, about 10 minutes; and well done, about 15 minutes. These are general guidelines but the cooking times will vary depending on the size of the rack.


After they are finished cooking in the oven, remove the racks and allow them to rest approximately 10 minutes. Cutting from the meat side of the rack, so that you can better visualize the chop size, cut each chop individually.


For patients post-op in solid phase, take meat off the bone and measure the ounces for correct documentation. Chops should be ~2-3 oz.


For the yogurt sauce:

Place the yogurt, lime juice and garlic in a blender and puree on high speed until blended. While blending, slowly incorporate the mint and season with salt, and cumin.


For assembly:

Liberally cover a nice serving platter with the yogurt sauce. Arrange the chops on the platter and decorate with extra mint leaves and pinches of paprika. 


Nutrition Info: (for a 4 oz bone-in chop (~2.5-3 oz of meat) + 2 tbsp of Greek yogurt dip) = approximately: 132 calories, 18 gm protein, and 1 gm carbohydrates. 


Recipe adapted from:


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New Research Supports There is a Far Greater Role for Bariatric Surgery in Treating Type-2 Diabetes than Standard Medical Therapy

Two randomized clinical trials published this week in The New England Journal of Medicine shows that bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for type-2 diabetes in obese and morbidly obese patients. The article suggests that surgery should be considered sooner than later to help prevent co-morbidities associated with obesity, especially diabetes.


Key Findings:

  • Schauer et. al, showed within one year, "diabetes remission rates with bariatric surgery were about 40 percent compared to about 12 percent for patients treated with the best pharmacotherapy available for those with BMI between 27 and 43."
  • Mingrone et. al, showed "remission rates were about 85 percent for bariatric surgery and zero percent for medical therapy in patients with BMI greater than 35."
  • "In both studies, both weight loss and preoperative BMI were not predictors of diabetes control, which suggest that bariatric surgery may exert effects on diabetes that are independent of weight loss."
With diabetes affecting more and more people each day, this research shows that the procedures we provide can help many people put their diabetes in remission and live a healthy, happy life. 
  1. Schauer PR, Kashyap SR, Wolski K, et al. Bariatric surgery versus intensive medical therapy in obese patients with diabetes. N Engl J Med 2012. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1200225.
  2. Mingrone G, Panunzi S, De Gaetano A, et al. Bariatric surgery versus conventional medical therapy for type 2 diabetes. N Engl J Med 2012. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1200111.

Upcoming Seminar & Support Groups

Sonoma County Seminar and Support Group

Friday, April 13th from 6:00-8:00pm

Filgas Medical Group: 8911 Lakewood Drive, Suite 23, Windsor, CA 95492

*New Patient Seminar at 6:00pm

**Support Group at 7:00pm


Eureka Seminar and Support Group

Saturday, April 14 from 9:00 to 11:00 am

Clarion Hotel: 2223 Fourth Street, Eureka, CA

*New Patient Seminar at 9:00am

**Support Group at 9:30am


San Francisco Seminar and Support Group

Monday, April 16th from 6:30 to 8:30pm

CPMC, Stanford Building board room

*New Patient Seminar at 6:30pm

**Support Group at 7:30pm


San Jose Seminar & Support Group

Wednesday, April 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Good Samaritan Hospital: 2425 Samaritan Drive, San Jose, CA

located in the teleconference trailers in the East Parking Lot 

*New Patient Seminar at 6:30pm

**Support Group at 7:30pm

***LapSF dietitian, Gabriella Vetere, RD to attend


Sacramento Seminar & Support Group

Saturday, April 21st from 9:00 to 11:00 am

Lakewood Hotel (formerly the Radisson Sacramento)

500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento, CA 95815

*New Patient Seminar at 9:00am

** Support Group at 10:00am


Stockton Seminar and Support Group

Saturday, April 21st from 1:00-3:00pm

Stockton Courtyard Marriot

3252 W. March Lane, Stockton, CA

*New Patient Seminar at 1:00pm

**Support Group at 3:00pm



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