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Nutritional Considerations After Bariatric Surgery

Elliot, Kelly RD, CNSD

Bariatric Patients in the ICU
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Malnutrition is a risk that is associated with all bariatric surgeries. Malnutrition is largely preventable after these surgeries if proper patient selection, thorough preoperative nutrition education, and postoperative nutritional follow-up take place along with patient compliance. Bariatric surgery is divided into 2 major categories: restrictive or malabsorptive (with or without the restrictive aspect). The more dramatic weight loss is generally associated with procedures that are malabsorptive in nature. There is an increased risk of specific nutritional deficiencies associated with these surgeries. With proper supplementation these deficiencies are largely avoidable. This article reviews the more common bariatric surgeries and the nutritional considerations associated specifically with each surgery. The article then summarizes the typical diet advancement schedule and reviews critical care nutrition in regards to total parenteral nutrition administration for the morbidly obese individual, following bariatric surgery.

Ms Elliot is in private practice.

Corresponding author: Kelly Elliot, RD, CNSD, Bariatric Nutrition Resources, LLC, 6909 S. Holly Circle Suite 204, Englewood, CO 80112 (e-mail: kelly.elliot@uhcolorado.edu).

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.