Severe obesity is a chronic (long-term) disease. This means that there is no cure but with the development of FDA approved surgical procedures like gastric bypass and the sleeve gastrectomy, there are now effective tools to manage the disease.
The body will continue to change after surgery and the nutrition plan that works immediately after surgery will not be the same in the months and years to come.
Your bariatric surgeon and his trained staff will be able to offer you the best follow up care to ensure the most complete long term care.
The secret to success after weight loss surgery is utilizing your multidisciplinary team to assist you in determining your specific nutritional and dietary needs, guidance with vitamin and mineral supplementation including regular lab work, along with support and encouragement for implementing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle change.
There is no arguing that introducing and maintaining healthy food choices can be difficult. Immediately after surgery patients are given specific guidelines and work through specific stages of diet starting with only liquids eventually adding small portions of regular foods.
Finding the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat is crucial for losing and maintaining weight loss. Meeting regularly with a registered dietitian can be extremely beneficial.
They can help you implement healthy food choices, direct you with portion control, and make specific suggestions based on your personal medical background.
Most patients are consistent with their follow-up appointments the first two years after surgery; however many nutritional problems start to appear and become more prominent as time goes by, according to Jacqueline Jacques, a Naturopathic Doctor with more than a decade of expertise in medical nutrition. (2)
As you may know, daily vitamins and minerals are a necessary part of care and maintenance after having gastric bypass surgery. The body’s digestive processes have been altered, and your body becomes less capable of absorbing necessary nutrients from food. To maintain proper nutrition and function after you’ve had bariatric surgery, you will need to […]
This week we are continuing the vitamin series with one of the B complex vitamins, Vitamin B12! Vitamin B12 is a very important micronutrient to keep an eye on throughout your bariatric surgery journey. Vitamin B12 deficiencies are one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in patients following bariatric surgery. In this article, we are […]
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