Preoperative Nutritional Assessment and Postoperative Dietary Guidelines

  • Andrew B. Lederman

Nutritional assessment is an essential part of the patient evaluation prior to weight loss surgery. Morbidly obese patients often have clinical or subclinical nutritional deficiencies. Although the morbidly obese patient has an excess store of fat, there may be deficiencies in protein or micronutrients. This may be due to baseline eating habits or poorly managed efforts at weight loss. Preoperative deficiencies, if left untreated, may worsen after weight loss surgery, and subclinical deficiencies may manifest into significant illness with potentially devastating consequences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew B. Lederman
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  1. 1.Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery, Berkshire Medical CenterAssistant Professor of Surgery, University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolPittsfield

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