Bariatric surgery

Cutting edge body composition and bone mineral density tracking for weight loss surgery patients

The Endocrine Society Guidelines recommend annual bone mineral density and body composition exams for ALL bariatric surgery patients. 1

A DEXA scan provides you with the most accurate way to track your weight loss and bone health.

DEXA has long been considered the gold standard measurement of body composition and bone mineral density. Using a quick, low-dose X-ray exam our Advanced Body Composition Assessment produces whole body colour images displaying the distribution of fat mass, muscle mass, and bone.

Unlike other measures of body composition assessment, importantly, DEXA looks beyond fat to see whether you are also losing muscle mass or bone mass (this can be detrimental to your health and progress!).

Weight loss surgery can result in reduced dietary intake and absorption of key nutrients from your food, and changes bone metabolism which need to be carefully monitored and managed by your team of specialists.

The easy to interpret report provides your surgeon, general practitioner and Accredited Practising Dietitian useful information to properly manage your care.

Scans can also be compared over time visually with comparison whole body colour images. We can also break the data down to look at sub-regions like right arm/left arm, right leg/left leg, trunk, android/gyniod, visceral adipose tissue to see exactly where the changes are occurring over time.

Don’t let inaccurate measurements deflate your motivation and derail your momentum.

Attach Gold Standard Body Composition monitoring to your health improvement efforts with the help of DEXA Melbourne.

It’s the only way you’ll really know, accurately, how you’re progressing.

If you would like to find out more on why DEXA Melbourne is your preferred provider of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry visit the about us page. Our technology, skills and approach will leave you feeling confident you have made the right decision!

1. Endocrine and Nutritional Management of the Post-Bariatric Surgery Patient: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline.

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Program Includes:

  • Latest DEXA technology available
  • Superb precision and image quality
  • 1 x Initial Full Body Scan
  • Comprehensive consultation with scan
  • Total body fat, lean muscle mass (and percentage)
  • Bone Density score
  • Regional assessment (looking at different areas of the body in isolation)
  • Visceral adipose tissue assessment (the dangerous fat under the muscle around the midsection)
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Program Steps

Here is a step-by-step guide to initial scans and review scans

  1. Pre-Consultation Questionnaire

    Prior to coming along to your 1st appointment we will send you a pre-consultation questionnaire to complete. You will return this to us before the appointment preferably at least 24 hours before.

  2. Preparation for the scan

    When we send you then pre-consultation assessment form, there will be an additional document outlining what you need to do before the scan. It is important that you read this and follow the instructions to ensure you are best prepared for the most accurate scan results.

  3. The initial scan

    Our densitometrist will discuss the assessment of your pre-consultation questionnaire, ensure you have prepped correctly leading in to the scan, obtain any additional information required from you, explain the procedure for the scan, and ask you if you have any questions. You will then be positioned on the table for the scan. The scan itself will only take a few minutes, so time to relax!

  4. Discussion of the scan results

    The report is printed off immediately following your scan. We will run through every component of the scan so will will understand total body fat, muscle and bone. Look at the fat hiding underneath the muscle around the midsection etc. Discuss calculated resting metabolic rate. Provide professional, evidenced-based guidance to steer you in the right direction for additional support.

  5. The report

    We will provide you with a hard copy of the report and with your consent we will also provide a copy to your Bariatric surgeon.

  6. Review Scans

    With the Bariatric Surgery Scanning Package, you will have tworeview scans. Your densitometrist will discuss when it is best to have these done as this can be adjusted depending on the objectives.

  7. Ongoing maintenance

    Upon completion of the Bariatric Scanning Package many patients choose to continue having regular ongoing review scans. We offer discounted review scans for patients who have completed the initial phase of the Bariatric Scanning Program. If you would like ongoing support and accountability the frequency of review scans is best discussed directly with densitometrists.

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