food journalIf you’re considering weight loss surgery, there’s a lot of information you need to know. Here are answers to the most common questions we receive.

If you have questions that aren’t answered here, please call us at 1-800-492-5538.

Questions About Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery

Medical Nutrition Therapy for Weight Loss Patients

Once you have decided to have weight loss surgery, you must attend our medical nutrition therapy. We provide six consecutive months of free nutrition education, taught by one of our registered dietitians or physicians.

Our nutrition education program meets the requirements of most health insurance plans that cover weight loss surgery. Contact your health insurance company to find out what your nutrition education requirements are.

Medical Nutrition Therapy: What We Cover

Our goal is to improve your current health and help you prepare for the many lifestyle changes after bariatric surgery. Our experts provide information to:

  • Help you develop small, specific and consistent goals for healthy weight loss
  • Support you before surgery in making realistic lifestyle changes
  • Educate you on postoperative bariatric surgery recovery
  • Inspire you to achieve long-lasting weight maintenance

Some of the specific topics we cover at our nutrition therapy sessions include:

  • A food diary to track your food intake
  • Exercise for all stages of your recovery after surgery, including life-long fitness
  • Hydration (water intake) and vitamins
  • Mindful eating to recognize true hunger
  • Portion control to understand serving size

Guidelines for Nutrition Therapy Appointments

  • Please arrive on time. If you are going to be more than 10 minutes late, do not come. Please call our office to reschedule at 1-800-492-5538.
  • Do not bring children.
  • Complete all paperwork before class.

Requirements for Health Insurance Coverage

If your health plan covers your weight loss surgery, the insurance companies require specific details in each note to document your medical nutrition therapy. Each monthly note must contain:

  • Patient’s full name
  • Date of therapy appointment
  • Current weight and weight change since previous appointment
  • Current diet
  • Your nutrition education
  • Adherence to your medical nutrition program
  • Recommendations for progress
  • Physician’s signature