Importance of Zinc in Wound Healing

April 1st, 2015  

Importance of Zinc for Wound HealingZinc plays an important role in wound healing because it helps support a healthy immune system. Some foods that contain Zinc include oysters, red meat, and poultry. Other good sources include beans, nuts, certain seafood, whole grains, fortified breakfast cereals, and dairy products.

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Importance of Vitamin C in Healing

March 25th, 2015  

Importance of Vitamin CVitamin C has been known to help in healing the skin after surgery. It is important to maintain a healthy amount of Vitamin C in your diet. Vitamin C can be obtained from fruits and vegetables. The foods which are rich in it are oranges, watermelon, cabbage, cauliflower, papaya, cantaloupes, grapes, strawberries, kiwi, broccoli, mango, tomatoes, brussels sprouts, acerola, kale leaves, and citrus juices.

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Recovery Spot – How to Prepare

March 17th, 2015  

Being prepared for surgery is key to having a comfortable recovery. Directly after surgery I don’t recommend much movement or walking and absolutely NO stairs. If you don’t have a friend or family member who can wait on you hand and foot, then I recommend creating a recovery station with all of these items in hand’s reach:

Surgery Recovery TipsRecliner or Lift Chair

I recommend my patients be in a recliner chair directly after surgery. Staying in a 45-degree angle keeps pressure off the incisions. If you don’t have someone to help you get up when necessary, or you want to make it easier to get up, then I recommend getting a lift chair to help assist you.

Leg Squeezers

These help to keep your blood circulating and prevent blood clots.

Surgery Recovery Tips

Pillows and Wedge Pillow

These will keep you comfortable and keep legs elevated to help with swelling.

 Medications and Drain Chart

Surgery Recovery Tips

Always keep medications in arms reach. I recommend having a pen and paper nearby so you can keep track of when you take your medications. You will also have JP drains that you will have to keep track of the output.


Surgery Recovery TipsHave a good book in hand and the remote with fresh batteries for the TV and maybe a Netflix subscription. If you have a tablet or phone, make sure the charger is within arms reach.

Bedside Commode

Directly after surgery, the less movement the better. You will have a catheter at first, but, having a beside commode will be easier on the body because it is raised higher than a normal toilet, and there will be less movement.

Surgery Recovery TipsMini Fridge

I really recommend this if someone can’t be by your side 24/7. Have the mini fridge packed with high protein snacks, pre-made protein shakes, and water.

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Jackson Pratt (JP) Drains

March 15th, 2015  

When you have certain reconstructive surgery, you will have Jackson Pratt (JP) drains inserted into your skin to drain fluids (usually blood) from around your incision area. A JP drain is also known as a bulb drain. It is a long plastic tube with a soft squeeze bulb at the end of it. The purpose of the JP drain is to help you heal faster and prevent you from getting a bad infection.

I place these JP drains during surgery. It will remain in you from 24 hours to several weeks depending on how much output is produced. The JP drains will be taken out when the draining stops.

You will be required to clean your JP drains daily. My office will give you a printout prior to surgery that will give you details on how to clean your drains and empty your drains.

You will need to empty and record the fluid output of the JP drains a few times each day. My office will also give you a drain log sheet so you can record the amount of output and when.

These drains can be somewhat uncomfortable. One of my post ops developed a “drain holder” to help organize these drains to help keep them together and easier to move around. Here’s a picture of a patient with the JP drains in place and the “drain holder.”
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Does Dr. Katzen ever provide pro bono surgeries for those who can’t afford it?

March 11th, 2015  

Dr. J. Timothy Katzen is known to be a great humanitarian who has been giving back whenever he can. He is very involved with the weight loss surgery community, and his office works with many insurance companies (mostly PPO plans) to try to get coverage for the patients since many of them are deemed medically necessary. If the insurance does not cover some or all of the procedures requested, Dr. Katzen gives patients a cash discounted rate for surgery.

There are some patients who simply can’t afford surgery but desperately need it. With massive weight loss, many patients experience excess skin that causes problems in their daily lives, including the inability to exercise, hard time finding clothes that fit them, low self-esteem, rashes, boils, pain, and many others.

One of the foundations that Dr. Katzen refers his patients to if they need financial assistance is the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America(WLSFA). This foundation helps fund weight loss and plastic reconstructive surgery for those who qualify. Dr. Katzen performed surgery on the first plastic reconstructive grant recipient for this foundation, and he is committed to perform more.

They have several grant application cycles throughout the year. To find out if you qualify, please go to WLSFA’s website. They have ongoing fundraisers throughout the year. There is a big one coming up from April 10-12, 2015 in San Diego, CA. This will be their California Dreamin’ 5th Anniversary Fundraiser. Dr. Katzen is scheduled to speak at 8:15 am on April 11th at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego ( He will also be offering free consultations on-site.

At this year’s event, WLSFA will have a “Chopped” Competition. Carnie Wilson, will be at the judges table. She herself has been featured on “Chopped” from the Food Network show. Carnie Wilson has had weight loss surgery herself and has been very involved with WLSFA the last few years.

This event is one of the biggest gatherings of weight loss patients from all over the world. There will be many vendors with free giveaways and raffles. Many speakers will be presenting on weight loss related topics. There will also be many parties and gatherings as well. Dr. Katzen looks forward to seeing new and old faces at this next fundraiser. We can all make a difference, one person at a time.

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