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Monday, March 3, 2014

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Follow Up Visits are Important



Bariatric weight loss surgery is on the rise. In 2008 there were 220,000 surgeries and has become popular as a solution to obesity.


If you are thinking of the surgery and you are doing your research it is important to engage the surgeon and have a list of questions available so you feel comfortable with your decision.


In Dr. Shillingford’s office the gastric bypass surgeon we have a support group the second Monday of every month.


The support group is for pre and post surgery patients as well as patients who are thinking of surgery.


As a registered dietitian and counseling pre and post patients who have under gone the surgery I find that every one has a story to tell, and I have found that the surgery may be the same but the experiences are different.


In the support group the attendees find support for their concerns and fears as well as definitive information that will allow their surgery to be successful.


For example it is important to know exactly how much food you will be eating after the surgery, how much protein and fluid your body needs as well as how you will get your nutrients into your body.


We discuss products and methods of eating to make sure you know exactly what you need to know to loose the weight you desire and to maintain your health.


Information is powerful for the patient who has had a weight loss procedure.


Know that returning to your physician and dietitian for follow up visits with you latest lab work in hand is soimportant. Deficiencies can be detected and is key for allowing your surgery to give you the optimal long-term results you seek.


Next time: Your intake of vitamins and mineral after surgery.


Susan Peacock M.S.R.D.



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