Nutrition – Post Bariatric Surgery
Dramatic changes are required of you after having bariatric surgery. You have more questions than answers when you first begin your journey for bariatric surgery. Texas Bariatric Specialists’ program is intentionally designed to be able to educate you each step of the way. Our postoperative nutritional support actually begins with our preoperative nutritional evaluation. During the preop evaluation, we will screen your present nutritional needs and concerns, address potential nutritional complications that you can develop after surgery and identify deficiencies that you may have at present (most often Vitamin B12, Vitamin D and Iron). Following the pre-op evaluation, you will be turned over to our preoperative nutrition class. During this class, you will be given a nearly 100 page binder to address all of your questions about nutrition prior to surgery and after surgery. At this two week preoperative class you will also be taught about the required pre-operative diet and what your first and second phases of eating will entail. At the time of this class you will also be required to purchase your preop kit to be prepared for before and after surgery. By doing this two weeks in advance, you will be prepared to have time to assimilate the data, be able to ask questions that may come up and be able to prepare your cupboards and refrigerators for when you get home. Prior to being discharged from the hospital, the staff nutritionist at the hospital will review all of these things for you once again and ensure that you have the appropriate nutritional supplements at home. Two weeks following surgery, you will be required to attend our postoperative nutrition class at this point you will be taught about the next phase of your diet and what supplements will need.
All of this will be done for you in a step-by-step manner with specialized handouts and clear oversight by your surgeon and the staff nutritionist. Once you have done your postoperative diet for approximately 3 months, a comprehensive set of labs will be required to check your micro- and macro nutrients. The will help us to to ensure that you are losing weight in a healthy manner. Nutritional support after bariatric surgery is important regardless of the procedure you have had. Nutritional complications can occur after any weight-loss operation including the Lap Band and the Sleeve Gastrectomy. Follow-up screening is then done at least every year after you reach your weight loss goals, regardless of the type of surgery performed. Our lifelong follow-up program makes this easy and convenient via multiple electronic mechanisms by which you can contact our office and stay in constant contact with our office.