Diet Before Operation

7 on July 2, 2018

My doctor did not tell me anything about the kind of diet I should have before the operation. He said that the important diet is after the operation rather than before. I like to have second-opinion regarding this matter from people who have undergone the procedure.

 
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0 on July 2, 2018

Your pre-op diet is as important as your post-op diet.  What type of surgery are you having?

For the gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve, you should be on a liquid diet for one to two weeks before surgery.  The liquid diet helps reduce the amount of fat that’s present around the liver and spleen, which makes it easier for your surgeon to visualize your digestive organs.  

You should consult with your surgeon, of course, but for most bariatric surgeries, you should be on a liquid diet one to two weeks prior to your surgery.  You may be allowed to have protein shakes or meal replacement shakes and sugar-free beverages.  Your surgeon may okay eating lean meats and vegetables as well. 

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0 on July 2, 2018

I was put on a pretty strict diet and had to lose 8% of my excess body weight before the doctor would perform the surgery.  I went on a liquid diet two weeks before the operation.  Maybe it’s different for everyone though.   

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0 on July 3, 2018

I will be having a bypass. This might be the reason why my doctor didn’t mention anything about pre-op diet. I think it won’t hurt doing a liquid diet before the operation as I will be prepared for the post-op diet.

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3 on July 6, 2018

We are not professionals, so please remember your doctor’s advice as the priority.

That said, I think you will still benefit from a planned diet even if you don’t need one. It’s always good to decrease our intake of carbohydrates, fat, and sugar. Protein, vitamins, and supplements are good to have. Stay away from alcohol and cigarettes if you take them. Maybe you will need a liquid diet a few days before the surgery, so confirm it with the doctor.

How is your diet going so far?

on July 9, 2018

I am scheduled to have the surgery by next month. I am still struggling to control myself on my diet. My doctor told me that I should be on a strict liquid diet a week before my scheduled surgery. There is no harm in starting early with the liquid diet so that it will be easier when I need to do it strictly.

on July 9, 2018

Do you think it is too early to start with the liquid diet? A sudden switch from hard food to liquid diet may be too shocking for your body and increases the chance to cheat. I agree there is no harm to change the diet plan early, but don’t forget to give yourself the time to adapt.

on July 11, 2018

Adapting is actually what I’m doing right now. I don’t want an abrupt change of diet as it can have a negative effect on me. What I’m doing right now is trying to replace the amount of food I regularly eat with liquid. It is like a half is solid food and the other half is liquid food. The ratio will change gradually every day.

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