The Benefits of Dietary Counseling Before Surgery

The battle to lose weight can be incredibly difficult, as we’re sure you know. If you’ve opted for bariatric surgery with us, that’s a wonderful step in the right direction. While this type of surgery is very effective, it shouldn’t be considered a magic bullet. There’s still work to do on your end, such as changing your diet, which starts before we perform your surgery.

At Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, our team of experienced and compassionate weight loss specialists is invested in the success of every patient who walks through our doors. We don’t simply perform the surgery and send you on your way. Instead, we’re with you before, during, and after, helping you achieve your weight goals. 

As part of these efforts, we offer dietary counseling services, which we want you to start before your procedure. Here’s a look at the benefits of dietary counseling before your surgery.

Dietary counseling is key to your success

The most important thing to understand about dietary counseling is that it’s not simply a nice adjunct to your surgery. Dietary counseling plays a key role in your success both before and after your surgery. 

We here at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona have some in-house guidelines for bariatric surgery, because no matter which bariatric option you choose, your diet needs to change to accommodate your revamped digestive system, sometimes quite drastically.

The work you do ahead of your surgery through our dietary counseling prepares you physically and mentally for this change in your nutritional habits. And it also shows us that you’re committed to your weight loss and willing to take the necessary steps to improve your health.

Exercise is part of the process

Speaking of steps, we also ask that you ramp up your exercise regimen before your surgery, which helps with weight loss and improves your cardiovascular and respiratory health. These two areas of your health are crucial when you’re undergoing surgery, and they play a considerable role in your recovery afterward.

Outside requirements

While our team understands the importance of dietary counseling and exercise, your insurance company may require that you demonstrate that you’ve attempted to lose weight before they provide coverage. On top of these previous diet attempts, your insurance company may stipulate that you need to lose 5-15% of your body weight before they greenlight the surgery.

The bottom line is that there’s no downside to dietary counseling before your surgery. When you lay the groundwork for healthier eating habits and portion control, your journey after your surgery will be far smoother, allowing you to lead a healthier and happier life moving forward.

To learn more about dietary counseling and its role in bariatric surgery, please call one of our six Arizona clinics or request a consultation using our online tool.

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