Registered Dietitian Donna Simon discusses the difference between what you might eat before LAP-BAND® surgery and what you might eat before gastric bypass surgery. Donna Simon is Bariatric Coordinator and Nutrition Specialist at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
Donna Simon, M.S., R.D.:
Hi, I am Donna Simon. I am bariatric coordinator as well as the dietician at Banner Gateway Bariatric Center.
We see patients all over Arizona, Alaska and New Mexico. We try to help them guide them through their process for weight loss surgery.
We start them with an informational seminar, then we do a initial consult with our patients and then we start our weight loss program with them. In addition to that we encourage them to attend our support groups.
We do a full three-hour education class. We give them education manuals, handouts. We are available five days a week, from 8:00 to 4:00 for questions, answers, emails.
We help whoever we can and even those that are not possibly candidates to bariatric surgery. We will at least guide them to where they could help with their weight loss journey.
No, both our pre-op diets are the same. It’s a two-week diet of four protein shakes that are high-protein, low-calorie, and clear liquids, which are caffeine-free, sugar-free and carbonation-free.
So it’s sugar-free Jell-O, sugar-free ice-pops, broth and we do allow tomato juice for the extra potassium.
About Donna Simon, M.S., R.D.:
Donna Simon, M.S., R.D., earned her B.A. in Food and Nutrition and her M.S. at Queens College in Flushing, New York. She practiced extensively in the state of New York. She was a Dietetic Technician at St. John's Hospital in Elmhurst. She held the position of Food Service Supervisor at Hempstead General Hospital in Hempstead, and Food Service Supervisor and Dietitian at Franklin General Hospital in Valley Stream.
Ms. Simon worked as Director of Dietary Services and Dietitian at Nesconset Nursing Home in Nesconset, and as a Dietitian at Patchoque Nursing Center in Patchoque. She was a Consultant Dietitian at Long Island Development Center. She served as a Registered Dietitian at Parkview Nursing Home in Massapequa, and at North Shore University Hospital in Plainview. Ms. Simon was a Clinical Dietitian and Bariatric Nutritionist at Banner Mesa Medical Center in Mesa, and is presently Bariatric Coordinator and a Nutrition Specialist at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
Condition: Obesity Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese
Related Terms: Bariatric Surgery, Nutrition, Weight Management, BMI, Body Mass Index, Portion Control, Bariatric Surgery Support Groups, Food Journal
Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Bariatric, Banner Gateway, Banner Health, Banner Bariatric Center, Banner Gateway Medical Center
Location: Gilbert, Phoenix, AZ, Arizona, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Queen Creek, Higley, Apache Junction, Sun Lakes 85234
Expert: Registered Dietitian Donna Simon, Donna Simon, R.D., Clinical Dietitian Donna Simon, Bariatric Nutritionist Donna Simon
Expertise: Bariatric Nutrition, Food, Nutrition, Eat Right, Healthy Eating, Dietetics, Meal Planning, Caloric Restriction, Diet, Weight Management