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.
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
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
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
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.