Weight Loss Surgery Counseling

Treatment Guidelines:

Pre-Operative Gastric Bypass

  • Evaluate for the presence of eating disorder
  • Collaborate with patient’s Primary Care Physician to obtain labs and assess for potential factors which could be affecting weight or behaviors around food
  • Evaluate anthropometric data
  • Review patient’s weight history, dietary patterns and prior weight loss attempts
  • Provide recommendations about meal planning and balanced food choices
  • Educate patient on strategies for changing eating behaviors in preparation for surgery
  • Inform patient of what to expect regarding dietary changes before, during and after surgery
    • Provide information on diet advancement and recommending nutritional supplements
  • Assists patient in losing weight (if needed) prior to surgery, to minimize risk of surgical complications


Post-Operative Gastric Bypass

  • Provide nutritional education around meeting dietary restriction requirements at each phase of recovery
  • Obtain labs regularly to asses for potential vitamin/mineral deficiencies specific to gastric bypass
    • Informs patient of specific foods he or she should emphasize or avoid
  • Advise patient of meal/snack and recipe ideas based on personal preference to facilitate compliance with gastric bypass limitations
  • Focus on goal of minimizing occurrence of post-surgical complications
  • Assist patient in transitioning through phases of dietary advancement, back to solid foods
  • Monitor weight, labs and behavioral changes to help patient maintain success in his or her weight loss journey