Having a gastric sleeve, lap-band, Roux-en-Y Bypass or Mini Bypass or even a SIPS/SADI procedure, does not automatically ensure that you have adequate nutrition after your surgery. All of these different procedures require different nutrients after your procedure, which means you need individualised advice.
Dietitians are university qualified professionals that are adequately equipped with the latest evidence based research to help you through your bariatric or weight loss surgery journey. Dietitians tailor the research to suit you. There are different dietitians, just as there are different types of doctors.
Dietitians may have a special interest or field. For this reason, it is important that you choose a dietitian that would help you towards your nutrition goals.
For myself personally, bariatric nutrition is my special interest. I have seen and helped thousands of patients reach their goals after weight loss surgery. My role is to ensure that you are well equipped with the knowledge you need before you make the life-changing decision; provide you with your pre-surgery diet and arm you with the knowledge of what to expect after your procedure. I then also help you through the different diet progressions after your procedure, give you new food ideas to trial and ensure that you’re not getting any nausea/vomiting/pain or issues with your bowels. Dietitians also prevent and treat nutrient deficiencies by recommending products to prevent these from arising.
Life is very different after the surgery. The surgeon’s role is completed after your procedure. A dietitian is life-long to help you reach and continue to maintain your success.