Bariatric Surgery Nutrition in Rhode Island
Nutritional support following major surgery is a primary concern for medical staff attending to postoperative patients, especially those with underlying illness. Studies have shown that malnutrition can affect outcomes in surgical patients; it can cause serious postop complications and impede healing and functional recovery.
While early oral feeding is the preferred method for nutrition following surgery, it may not be possible for all patients. Some surgical patients may require nutritional therapy via enteral nutrition (tube feeding) or parenteral nutrition (intravenous delivery of calories and nutrients). Patients having gastrointestinal or thoracic surgery are especially at risk for needing short-term or long-term non-oral nutritional support.
Bariatric surgery nutrition is a multidisciplinary specialty that offers coordinated care, both in the hospital and at home, for adults with complex nutritional needs.
BSA Surgical Nutrition Specialists
Dr. Jorge E. Albina, an internationally recognized expert in nutritional support, is the director of the surgical nutrition program at Brown Surgical Associates.
Our surgical nutrition team also includes a registered dietitian and a registered nurse, both of whom have nutritional certifications and expertise.
Bariatric Surgery Nutrition
Services provided by the surgical nutrition team at Brown Surgical Associates include:
- Comprehensive nutritional assessments
- Individualized dietary instructions
- Prescription medication management
- Monitoring of complex home-based nutritional therapies – including intravenous nutrition or tube feeding
Contact Our Surgical Nutrition Team at Brown Surgical Associates
Surgical nutritional consultations are provided by physician referral only and may be arranged by calling the surgical nutrition team at Brown Surgical Associates at (401) 444-4296.