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I am not crazy about the dietitian attached to my hospital team. She seems to be on autopilot and does the bare minimum of inquiry. I am still early- 1 month post op RYN - and losing steadily. However, down the road I think the connection I have with my nutritionist/dietitian should be a positive one. Has anyone gone outside their assigned dietitian and chosen to work with someone else? I feel like there are better more creative, insightful and supportive people out there who are invested in their clients.

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There are good ones, bad ones & so so ones. I saw one years ago. She told me I wasn’t eating enough & that was all. No advice on food choices, eating plans, etc. Four months later I hadn’t lost a pound, though my own research, so I left. The one I saw with my surgery was so so. I’d have ten minute appointments. She never checked my weight. Told me I was doing great. But every now & again she’d come out with a nugget of information gold. Friends saw a bad dietician a couple of year ago who, even though they told her they were long term pescatarians, vegetarians who eat seafood, proceeded to give them meat based recipes & menu plans.

Check with your clinic & insurance to see if you can change dietician because I agree you have to feel comfortable with them & trust they will be helpful & supportive of your needs & circumstances.

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I have been so lucky with my dieticians. Right from the get go, pre surgery, I was given their mobile numbers for questions. They have done everything I needed them to. I have another 6 months of care with them and I will miss them checking in with me.

I really do believe you deserve and need a good team behind you because all this is new and takes some getting used too. I needed so much help and plenty of advice early on. If your dietician is not up to the job then I believe you need to tell your surgeon because you need the best and he/ she may not know that they are not up to the mark

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If you choose a different dietitian, make sure they are very familiar with bariatrics. I went to one before surgery, and she was not very knowledgeable about life after WLS.

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I have had no support. Got banded Jan of 22. Since then I have only met with my dietitian once and that was upon request. I’m so confused as to what to eat. I just had revision surgery last week. I had a port leak. And now I’m trying to figure out what I’m supposed to be doing. That’s why I just got this app. Any advice?

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16 minutes ago, GBluhm said:

I have had no support. Got banded Jan of 22. Since then I have only met with my dietitian once and that was upon request. I’m so confused as to what to eat. I just had revision surgery last week. I had a port leak. And now I’m trying to figure out what I’m supposed to be doing. That’s why I just got this app. Any advice?

You should have gotten all that information from your bariatric team. What questions do you have?

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I got a diet plan from my bariatric surgeon. Luckily, my surgeon and I are on the same page on what we feel is the healthiest way to eat. I follow that. Other than that I never had a dietician other than the mandatory dietician meetings for pre-op requirements. The ones I had, had different eating philosophies than what I have.

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2 minutes ago, Tomo said:

I got a diet plan from my bariatric surgeon. Luckily, my surgeon and I are on the same page on what we feel is the healthiest way to eat. I follow that. Other than that I never had a dietician other than the mandatory dietician meetings for pre-op requirements. The ones I had, had different eating philosophies than what I have.

Then, would follow what your surgeon said. The normal requirements are liquid for 2 weeks, puree for 2 week, and then soft foods for 2 weeks. High Protein, low carb, low-fat, and low sugar. Does that sound about right for you?

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12 hours ago, GBluhm said:

I have had no support. Got banded Jan of 22. Since then I have only met with my dietitian once and that was upon request. I’m so confused as to what to eat. I just had revision surgery last week. I had a port leak. And now I’m trying to figure out what I’m supposed to be doing. That’s why I just got this app. Any advice?

Go back to your team & ask (demand) more support & guidelines & to see a dietician again. You may need regular appointments with the dietician for a little while until you feel more confident & comfortable about what you have to do & are doing in regards to your food choices & eating. You shouldn’t have to do this alone.

All the best.

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Then, would follow what your surgeon said. The normal requirements are liquid for 2 weeks, puree for 2 week, and then soft foods for 2 weeks. High Protein, low carb, low-fat, and low sugar. Does that sound about right for you?
Whatever your surgeon suggests to you since they know your case the best. Your plan sounds pretty standard. I think my liquid phase was a week, then to puree foods. I was never told calorie goals but in the beginning, he stressed to make sure I try to stay hydrated and get my protein in.

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On 5/26/2023 at 2:07 AM, longhaul68 said:

She seems to be on autopilot and does the bare minimum of inquiry. I am still early- 1 month post op RYN - and losing steadily.

Then what's there much to say or to inquire?

You're early out and losing steadily. Nothing special or problematic so far.

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