Preconception counseling after bariatric surgeryRiordan, Joan Katherine LTC(R), AN, MSN, FNP-BCNurse Practitioner: 19 June 2016 - Volume 41 - Issue 6 - p 1–6 doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000483076.70837.85 Online exclusive Abstract Author Information Abstract: Obesity has increased exponentially in the United States, affecting over 78 million individuals. As the rates of obesity increase, providers encounter more women with a history of bariatric surgery. Certain bariatric procedures can change how essential nutrients are absorbed. Preconception counseling assists in identifying potential deficiencies early. Joan Katherine Riordan is a family nurse practitioner who recently retired from the U.S. Army. She currently works at the Veterans Health Administration, Fayetteville, N.C. The author has disclosed that she has no financial relationships related to this article. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.