Dr. Diana R. Schwartz, RD, CDN
Laser Hair Removal & Nutritionist located in Brooklyn, NY
If you’re considering weight loss surgery, pre- and post-bariatric surgery nutrition is crucial to ensure optimal health before, during, and after the procedure. At NutriD in Brooklyn, New York City, registered dietitian Diana Rafailova and her team offer this service to give you the best outcome during your weight loss journey. Schedule an appointment with NutriD by phone or online to get started today.
Pre- and Post-Bariatric Surgery Nutrition Q&A
What is pre- and post-bariatric surgery nutrition?
Bariatric surgery includes weight loss surgeries that alter your digestive tract in some way to help you feel full from fewer calories and eat less food. Examples of such procedures include gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve surgery, and laparoscopic band surgery.
To increase your chance of successful surgery and reduce the risk of malnutrition and other complications, effective pre- and post-bariatric surgery nutrition is crucial.
What should I expect during my appointment?
When you arrive at NutriD for pre- and post-bariatric surgery nutrition appointments, the nutritionists at NutriD review your medical history. They discuss proper nutrition before and after bariatric procedures. Examples include:
Prior to bariatric surgery, changing up your usual dietary intake is important. For example, you might follow a liquid diet or another special type of diet. Stop taking certain medications if your doctor recommends it and avoid smoking. The nutritionists at NutriD work with you to develop a personalized nutrition plan and can clear you for your surgery when applicable.
After your surgery, see the nutritionists at NutriD for post-bariatric surgery nutrition consultations. You begin on a liquid diet. They educate you about how to introduce solid food back into your diet without experiencing bariatric surgery complications or unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea, diarrhea, and constipation.
The nutritionists at NutriD work closely with bariatric surgeons. They guide you through the entire process of effective pre- and post-bariatric surgery nutrition to give you the safe, effective outcome you deserve.
What does bariatric nutrition entail?
The nutrition you will need before and after bariatric surgery is different from traditional diets in several ways.
Following a liquid diet prior to and after surgery is crucial. When you reintroduce solid foods after surgery, keep portion sizes small. The nutritionists at NutriD might recommend you take multivitamin supplements and drink medical nutrition shakes.
Eliminating foods with a low nutritional value from your meal plan is also important. Doing so reduces your risk of nutrient deficiencies, weakness, weight gain, and other post-surgery problems.
When you're ready to undergo bariatric surgery to drop excess weight and lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions, schedule bariatric surgery nutrition consultations at NutriD by phone or online today.
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