Whether you’re considering bariatric surgery or endoscopic therapy for weight loss, good nutrition is crucial to your overall treatment plan. Our registered dietitians offer counseling services to help you build healthy, lifelong eating habits.
Personalized Nutrition Counseling for Weight-Loss Procedures
Registered dietitians at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital have years of experience helping people, specifically bariatric patients, understand and apply healthy nutrition principles for successful weight loss.
Our dietitians offer focused, one-on-one counseling for our weight-loss patients. Your first visit, usually about an hour long, is unhurried, uninterrupted time for you to get to know each other and discuss your current diet, physical activity and other lifestyle issues.
Our dietitians help prepare you for success after your weight-loss procedure and for the rest of your life. Together, you’ll come up with your goals for dietary and lifestyle changes that work for you and your family.
Nutrition Counseling: Topics We Cover
Depending on your individual needs, our dietitians cover topics including:
- Evidence-based education: We debunk nutrition myths and promote physical activity and smoking cessation.
- Healthy foods: We recommend eating less sugar and fast food, and more fruits and vegetables, for example.
- Portion control: Learn how to measure properly sized portions.
- Mindful eating: We review how to pay attention to your food, drink and the full experience of eating.
- Proper chewing: We recommend chewing each bite 15 to 20 times.
- Protein: We discuss sources of healthy protein and recommended amounts.
Nutrition Counseling: What You Can Expect
The number of visits with our dietitians depends on the treatment you choose (either bariatric surgery or endoscopic therapy for weight loss) and your health insurance plan. Some plans require four to seven months of nutrition counseling or a certain number of visits. Check with your health insurance company to find out what your plan’s requirements are.
If you choose one of our bariatric surgeries, you’ll begin meeting with our dietitians before your operation. Learn more about our bariatric surgery options.
For the endoscopic procedure, your first visit with our dietitians takes place before you have had the balloon placed, with monthly sessions continuing for 12 months. Find out more about our endoscopic therapy for weight loss.
Nutrition Counseling: Coordinated Care with Specialists
Our dietitians and nurse practitioner keep in touch with your primary care physician to coordinate your care, especially if you have another condition such as diabetes or an eating disorder. Your weight-loss team can also refer you to other providers for additional care as needed, such as:
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a bariatric physician or registered dietitian, call Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 314.542.WEST (9378) or toll-free at 844.542.9378.
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is conveniently located just one mile west of I-270 in Creve Coeur, Missouri — a west county suburb of St. Louis.
The Nutrition Counseling office is located in Medical Office Building 3, Suite 200. The address is 1020 North Mason Road, at the corner of North Mason and Executive Parkway. Get directions and maps.