Registered Dietitian Donna Simon describes the nutrition and supplement plan you will follow leading up to bariatric surgery. Donna Simon is Bariatric Coordinator and Nutrition Specialist at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
Donna Simon, M.S., R.D.:
Two weeks before what women should have, first of all they need to start their multivitamin.
They need to be chewable liquid for a LAP-BAND® over-the-counter is fine. If it’s specific for a gastric bypass they need a bariatric-specific vitamin that has the extra vitamin A, folate, B12 and calcium.
In addition to that they need to take extra calcium; they need to take B12 and thiamine. And all vitamins need to be chewable or liquid.
Mainly women, for their calcium intake we, even though it’s in a bariatric vitamin we do require them to take extra calcium.
Their diet will consist of four protein shakes and four protein shakes could be any type of shake that they find palatable as long as it’s at least 20 grams of protein and as low calorie as possible they can find something under 150 calories, that’s what we are happy with.
Four protein shakes required everyday with unlimited volume of liquids – clear liquids. They require the four-protein shakes to get to be in the best optimum nutritional status for surgery.
But the clear liquid is to shrink your liver that is sitting on top of your stomach, which is held up during the surgeries. That’s the main reason for the clear liquid diet.
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