Registered Dietitian Donna Simon describes the nutrition and supplement plan you will follow after bariatric surgery. Donna Simon is Bariatric Coordinator and Nutrition Specialist at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
Donna Simon, M.S., R.D.:
Mainly the multivitamins and just a high potency vitamin for a LAP-BAND®. If it’s a gastric bypass they do need a bariatric-specific vitamin.
There’s numerous ones in the market. It would be a multivitamin over-the-counter chewable or liquid available in any vitamin shop or health food store.
Or for gastric bypass it is bariatric and most of them are available online.
Calcium, we recommend anybody between 12 and 1500 milligrams. Then we have our B12 which is sublingual which is the best absorbed and then just our thiamine. Those are mainly required after surgery.
Diet is just eating healthy or making behavior changes, you know, eating three meals a day, not skipping breakfast, making sure you are drinking enough water that you are getting plenty of sleep.
Those are just the general guidelines that we give all our patients, especially the women that they are getting exercise. Exercise is very important.
If you don’t start any of these processes before the surgery the chances of you following through with them after surgery are falling short. So we encourage them just to start a healthy lifestyle since their initial assessment with me.
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