Registered Dietitians are a crucial part of bariatric medical team providing you with goals and guidelines both preoperatively as well as post surgically. We will discuss ways to achieve adequate fluids, vitamins and nutrition after surgery leading you to a healthy body with successful weight loss.
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Prior to meeting with the bariatric surgeon, you will be asked to make an appointment to meet with the nurse practitioner and dietitian. You will have a thorough history taken at the time of your visit by the nurse practitioner. Please make sure to bring any pertinent medical information and tests results from other physicians as well as the names and addresses of your primary care physician. Your nurse practitioner may recommend further testing to evaluate any potential obesity-related problems, such as sleep apnea and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Once you complete your visit with the nurse practitioner, you will then meet with the dietitian, who will evaluate your dietary habits. For this meeting with the dietitian, it is a good idea to being a list of everything you have eaten and their amounts in the two days prior to your appointment. Once the nurse practitioner receives the results of the tests that she has recommended that you do, it is then that the office will schedule an appointment to meet with the surgeon. You are not expected to decide about which surgical procedure you would like on the day you first meet with the nurse practitioner. It may be beneficial to you to contact some past patients to learn about their experiences with the program.