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Tijuana Bariatric Center Welcomes a Dietitian-Nutritionist (DN)

Photo of Linda Cardona - Tijuana Bariatric Center’s Dietitian-Nutritionist (DN)Tijuana, Mexico - The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center is pleased to welcome Dietitian-Nutritionist  Linda Cardona to the practice. Ms. Cardona has years of invaluable experience as a consultant, educator, and researcher in food science matters. As part of the Tijuana Bariatric Center team, she will help patients understand their new dietary needs after undergoing bariatric surgery.

The addition of a dedicated DN is part of the practice's commitment to providing patients with effective weight loss surgery and lasting results. By having a dietitian available to guide them in making the right food choices, patients are more likely to lose weight and maintain their wellness goals in the years ahead.

About Linda Cardona

Ms. Cardona received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Universidad Iberoamericana. She continued her studies in Nutrition and Food Sciences in Chile at Universidad de Chile's Instituto de Nutrición y Tecnología de los Alimentos (INTA). She trained as a Chronic Diseases Specialist, with a focus on obesity and bariatric surgery, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease.

Since 2008, Ms. Cardona has worked as a private consultant to medical clinicians and surgeons who work with patients suffering from chronic diseases. Ms. Cardona has also taught nutrition and health at Universidad Iberoamericana and worked as a Diabetes and Arthritis Educator at Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, S.C.

Ms. Cardona participates in several Dietetic Practice groups for Functional Medicine, Oncology Nutrition, and Entrepreneurs and Nutrition Support of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is member of the Colegio Mexicano de Nutriólogos and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). She is also a founding member and board advisor for the Asociación de Nutriólogos y Dietistas de Baja California.

The Role of Dietitians in Early Patient Recovery

In the first several weeks of recovery, a bariatric surgery dietitian serves two important roles.

The first role is to facilitate a safe transition from a liquid diet to solid foods as a patient recovers from surgery. This process (i.e., a liquid diet to a soft foods diet to a solid foods diet) is crucial for wellness and can prevent serious complications. An experienced dietitian can provide crucial information about what to consume and what not to consume to help patients avoid discomfort and side effects.

The second role is to ensure patients are meeting their daily nutritional goals once they've returned to eating solid foods. This may mean recommending certain kinds of foods to add more essential vitamins and minerals to the patient's diet.

The Role of Dietitians in Long-term Weight Management

Once a few months have passed, a dietitian role changes. At this time, a dietitian considers the patient's rate of weight loss and how that patient can continue to lose weight at a healthy, reasonable pace. A dietitian supports the patient on his or her bariatric journey, suggesting foods, providing dietary tips, and pointing patients to resources that can help with weight management.

Ms. Cardona is available to patients for long-term follow-up care, which increases the chances of lifelong success. Patients who are approaching their first year after weight loss surgery or are well into their second year after bariatric surgery can benefit from Ms. Cardona’s careful attention to their needs.

Developing a Weight Loss Surgery Plan Based on a Patient's Needs

A good dietitian is an important part of any patient’s custom bariatric surgery plan, which is why Ms. Cardona is a welcome addition to the Tijuana Bariatric Center team. By using state-of-the-art equipment and focusing on the individual, the practice is able to offer exceptional weight loss surgery results that can change someone's life for the better.

Contact Tijuana Bariatric Center

To learn more about advanced weight loss surgery options and maintaining the results of a bariatric procedure, contact Tijuana Bariatric Center. Tijuana Bariatric Center can be reached directly by using the contact information provided below.

San Diego Office
2534 State Street, Suite 428
San Diego, CA 92101

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