Post-Op Nutritional Deficiencies in Bariatric Surgery Patients
POST-OP NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES IN BARIATRIC SURGERY PATIENTS
Bariatric surgery patients, secondary to the nature of their procedure, are at risk for developing vitamin and mineral deficiencies, especially if they stop taking recommended supplements post-operatively and/or if a complication occurs. Whether practicing in a bariatric program or not, it is often the Registered who has the opportunity to correlate a patient's presenting signs and symptoms with nutrient deficiencies. This webinar discusses which presenting symptoms are related to what micronutrient deficiencies (specifically, thiamin, zinc and copper), suggests lab work to order to validate the suspicion, and provides guidelines for treatment. A case study is presented as an illustration of the role of the RD in identifying a micronutrient deficiency in a post-bariatric surgery patient.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
  • Identify routine and unusual lab analysis and supplementation in bariatric surgery.


  • Given lab data, patient history, and presenting signs/symptoms, recognize micronutrient deficiency.


  • Using available resources, create a treatment/repletion plan for micronutrient deficiencies.
Live Event Date: Jan 26, 2016
Learning Need Codes (LNC): 3000, 3100, 5000, 5370
Performance Indicators/Learning Objectives: 10.1.2, 10.2.10, 10.2.4, 8.1.3
Target Audience: RDs, DTRs, Allied Health Professionals
Number of Credits: 1.0
Level(s): 1, 2
Total Cost: $18 ($18.00 per credit)

About the Presenter: Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, LD
Debbie Petitpain

Debbie Petitpain, MS, RD, LD is a registered dietitian with Sodexo at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. As the Wellness Director in the Office of Health Promotion, she develops policies and programs to advance health on campus and in the community.

In 2016, she received a "Hero of Everyday Life" award for her volunteer efforts to fight hunger in the community by establishing the first hospital-based USDA Summer Meal Program in the Southeast with the Kids Eat Free program at MUSC, which provided over 13,000 free meals to kids in the first 3 years. Since then, Debbie has consulted with numerous healthcare organizations starting similar programs and has collected examples of today's best practices. She has presented this body of work on behalf of the USDA and non-profits such as No Kid Hungry to hospital administrators, state associations and to anyone who wants to learn more about it!

Debbie graduated from the College of Charleston, received her Masters in Nutrition from Boston University and completed her dietetic training in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has worked for Sodexo since 2003.

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