Body composition analysis in clinical application
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Body composition analysis in clinical application

October 16, 2019


As a bariatric surgeon, the body composition
is extremely important, both before and after. Before, it gives us an idea of the extend
of the disease. The higher the percentage of body fat, the higher the disease of the
patient, in particular the visceral fat. So, we get a better pre-op look of how sick and
how difficult the surgery may actually be, because the more visceral fat they have, the
more difficult it is technically as a surgeon. Post-op, it’s more of a treatment. You can
monitor the trend, so we can make sure that the patient is improving and very importantly
– while we have our patients on a high protein diet, we can really determine whether they
are being compliant with that, or not, because if they are losing both body fat and body
muscle, we’re going to have to make some adjustments to the protein in their diet and/or
their exercise regimen. Our goal is not to lose fat and muscle, it’s to lose fat and
maintain and increase musculature. One of the things that is unique, that we didn’t
really realize going in, was the ability of getting that four-extremity printout and that
torso printout. We’re better able to tailor our workouts because of the seca’s ability
to individualize the musculature all over the body. The other is the water composition
that we also find important. We do have patients that have water retention issues and one of
the advantages of the seca with the phase angle, with the vector analysis, is that we
are able to figure out, okay is that muscular water weight – which is a positive – or
is that water retention – which is a negative that may need diuretic therapy or other things
that would be helpful. So those are two unique things that we discovered as we used the machine. From our standpoint, the seca has given us more or objective data. So now, we are not
guessing what their fat composition or their muscle composition is. We really got some
validated medical body composition analysis that we can really use for our patients. In our population, every patient that walks through this door is going to receive a body composition
analysis. We feel that strongly that all of our initial consults – one of the first
things we’ll do is evaluate their body composition analysis, as well as their metabolism. That
gives us some very objective data to then more personalize their weight management – or
body fat regimen and give them a better prescription.

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