Follow These Pre-Surgery Diet Tips for a Successful Bariatric Procedure

If you and your surgeon have decided on bariatric surgery to lose the excess weight and restore your health, your transition begins with preparation.  Not only will you have to submit to several medical tests, clear your schedule and plan for life after surgery, but you will also have to follow a strict pre-surgery regimen that includes diet modification.

You can’t continue to eat the same way you’ve been eating, then show up for surgery and expect positive results.  Your surgeon will give you a detailed blueprint of what to eat in the days leading up to your weight loss surgery, and if you are serious about having a successful procedure, you will follow it to the letter.

Why Is Pre-Op Nutrition Important?

A specific, pre-bariatric surgery diet is important for several reasons.  If your liver is fatty or enlarged like many obese patients, reducing fat in your midsection and possibly shrinking your liver will make it easier for your surgeon to perform the surgery.  Reducing triglycerides around the liver has been shown to decrease complication rates after bariatric surgery, which is another reason to shed weight ahead of time.

Preserving muscle tissue can be a challenge throughout the bariatric surgery process, so increasing protein intake before the procedure can help keep muscle tissue intact.  Changing your diet before the surgery is also important because it helps give patients a head start and a glimpse into what their diet will be like post-surgery.  For some patients, it may seem counterintuitive to lose weight before having surgery that will help them lose weight, but it is a critical step for a safe and successful procedure.

General Pre-Surgery Guidelines

Although the details will vary from patient to patient, some general pre-bariatric surgery guidelines include:

  • Decreasing all forms of fat
  • Decreasing all processed sugar
  • Decreasing high carb foods like bread or pasta
  • Increasing protein intake
  • No smoking
  • No alcohol
  • No binge eating
  • Avoiding certain over-the-counter medications

Customized For Every New Patient

Not every pre-surgery diet is identical, and your surgeon will create a plan based on your current condition and the type of procedure you’re having.  You’ll be given the general guidelines, and then you’ll be given specific foods to eat, based on your unique situation.  This is the time to ask questions and get any concerns out in the open.  Once the plan is set, it is up to you to stick to it, so your body is ready for the surgery and your mind is ready for life after surgery.

One Package to Meet All Your Needs

With so many changes happening at the same time, you may want to simplify the dietary process with meal replacement and supplementation packages designed to provide all of the pre-surgery nutrition your body needs.  This way, you’ll have the proper amounts and measurements right in front of you, so you can focus on the procedure and transforming your life.  Don’t waver from your original plan without the approval of your surgeon.

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Follow These Pre-Surgery Diet Tips for a Successful Bariatric Procedure


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Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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I feel like a completely different person.

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It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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