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The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLSFA.ORG) invites you to join us in Portland Oregon! Your participation at this annual fundraiser allows the WLSFA to make a difference in the lives of people with no access to the medical treament they need to overcome the disease of obesity. Dollars raised at this event fund grants and saves lives! We anticipate the largest gathering of weight loss surgery patients ever assembled. Together we can look forward to an event that will be life changing for attendees and those that benefit from the gathering our grant recipients!



  • Friday Night Opening Reception & MAD Hatters Weird Tea Party
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    Saturday, May 20 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
    Should WLS Post-Ops Drink Alcohol After Surgery?

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    Should WLS post-ops drink alcohol after surgery? Unlike many of the questions that we have about the changes that happen to the body after bariatric surgery, there is some reasonably good data regarding alcohol’s effect on the post-bariatric patient.

    We have the most information regarding alcohol intake after RNY Gastric Bypass.  The effects of alcohol are less clear after Sleeve Gastrectomy or Gastric Banding but are still worrisome enough to warrant extreme caution with alcohol intake after any kind of bariatric surgery.

    In reviewing the literature on alcohol use after bariatric surgery, it is obvious that there are still more questions than answers, but a few gems come to light in the research that we do have.

    Come hear what those gems are.   Bring your questions, there will be  a short Q & A time with Dr. Shadle. 

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    Dr. Benjamin Shadle

    Surgeon, Sutter Medical Group
    Benjamin Shadle, M.D., F.A.C.S., is passionate about helping his patients achieve healthier and happier lives through the comprehensive management of obesity including bariatric surgery. Dr. Shadle believes obesity is a medical disease influenced by strong genetic and environmental factors, not merely a... Read More →

    Saturday May 20, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
    Broadway II Plaza Level