Weight Loss Surgery Program
A balanced life
What does the WLS Program offer?
We offer patients a comprehensive nutrition education program when preparing for bariatric surgery. This virtual/ telehealth education program helps patients achieve their weight loss goals. We also offer supervised weight loss documentation (see below) for those needing it as required by their insurance company.
Starting at $40/month
WLS Nutrition Education Timeline
1. Get in Touch!
After you have seen your surgeon, email GIBNC to schedule your required services. You may also speed up the process by completing our New Patient Intake forms.
2. Telehealth Consultation
You’ll have a one-hour telehealth consultation with a Registered Dietician that specializes in bariatric nutrition.
3. Nutrition Education
You’ll complete a detailed informational, four hour bariatric nutrition education course, that is available online!
4. Pre-op Education
You’ll complete a six hour pre-op nutrition education course, that is available online!
5. Surgical Clearance
Paperwork, including your class certificates, are turned into your surgeon within one week of your completion of the programs.
Our virtual WLS education program includes:
An initial telehealth consultation/ assessment for surgery with the Registered Dietitian who specializes in bariatric nutrition.
Online Bariatric Education
This class goes over the necessary life-long eating habits, reading food labels, portion control, understanding the differences between fat-free, low-fat, reduced-fat, and light foods, how to calculate whether or not a recipe or prepared food is considered low-fat using the information from the nutrition label, how to identify hidden sugars in foods, reducing/removing “empty calories” from your fluid intake, the importance of protein, mini-meal examples and more.
Online Pre-Op Nutrition/Vitamin Class
This class includes information on vitamin, mineral, and protein supplements, including purchasing information are discussed. Vitamin deficiencies are real and can cause serious health issues; we see these issues regularly in patients not following a post-surgery vitamin/supplement regimen. Deficiencies can occur many years after surgery, and they are 100% preventable. Our goal is to help patients achieve optimal health and prevent all of these avoidable complications with detailed education and support. Also discussed are ways to avoid post-surgery complications that can happen at any time after your surgery such as dehydration, constipation, gas, etc. This class will help you prepare for the liquid diet your surgeon will place you on both before and immediately after surgery.
Letter to Surgeon
Clearance letter to the Surgeon indicating the patient is ready for surgery once you have completed all the mandatory classes.
Notice to all patients:
- Labwork must be ordered by your surgeon or primary Dr if you do not have a surgeon. The Dietitian will review your yearly labs in follow-up appointments with her. We offer one-on-one telehealth follow-ups and online coaching. It is your responsibility to make a once-a-year follow-up appointment or online coaching session for lab review. You will need to have the labs faxed to our office at 443-490-5060 for the Dietitian to review them. Labs are not automatically sent to our office from the ordering physician, it is the patient’s responsibility to send a copy to our office. We can also not request copies to be sent to us from your physician, this must be done by the patient. It is the patient’s responsibility to contact our office to make an appointment to review these labs and receive deficiency repletion information.
- Any additional services not listed above, have a fee for service for which the patient is responsible. (Ex. follow-ups, online coaching, classes, seminars, materials, memberships, etc.)
- Hardcopies of educational materials are available for purchase. The fee is $40 per class requested. Please call 443-490-1240 to request the materials. We will mail the hard copy materials to you directly.
Are you seeking REVISION surgery?
ASMBS guidelines have determined the need for pre-operative lab work to be done to identify any vitamin/ mineral deficiencies before surgical clearance may be granted. Your dietitian will discuss this with you at your initial consultation. Once you have had the required lab work completed and faxed to our office the dietitian will provide recommendations to you via email or phone consultation.
- All Services listed above, PLUS you may be required to complete our StriveMD 7-part CBT group. For more information contact 443-490-1240. There is a fee associated with this program that is due in full at the time of the first meeting. This is an out-of-pocket expense to the patient.
More WLS Programs & Services
Strive is a series of group counseling meetings being held by both Dietitian Nancy Lum and Therapist Dawn O’Meally. Participants will have the benefit of receiving both nutrition counseling and psycho-educational therapy at the same time – at each and every meeting!
Back to Basics Refresher Course
Regaining weight after weight-loss surgery? Hit a plateau in your WLS program is designed for patients that have undergone weight loss surgery and are gaining weight back? We understand this can be a frustrating thing and have designed a program to help you get “back on track”.
Healthy Eating Nutrition Program (ANRP)
Our primary goal as nutrition experts is to build long-term relationships with our clients by educating, encouraging, supporting, and leading them on their journey to achieve their health and wellness goals.
Online Coaching is a post-operative service for WLS patients. We offer email reviews for food/exercise logs for those hitting plateaus or regaining and for lab work reviews.