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Importance of Nutrition Visits After Gastric Bypass Surgery for American Veterans, San Francisco, 2004–2010
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    Introduction

    Nutrition counseling is important for veterans undergoing gastric bypass surgery. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between the number of nutrition visits a patient attended and change in body mass index (BMI) after gastric bypass surgery for the veteran population.

    Methods

    A retrospective study examined veterans (N = 79) who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery from June 2004 through July 2010. Spearman’s correlation and multivariate regression analysis were used to analyze data.

    Results

    A significant correlation was found between the number of postoperative nutrition visits and the change in postsurgery BMI at 2 years (Spearman’s ρ = 0.21; P = .017). After adjusting for age, sex, and race, the association between postsurgery nutrition visits and BMI change persisted (β = 0.255; 95% confidence interval, 0.015–0.581; P = .039).

    Conclusion

    Veterans with more nutrition visits following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery experienced greater declines in BMI. This finding underscores the importance of the dietitian on the bariatric surgery team.

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