Having decided to undergo gastric bypass, a form of bariatric surgery for weight reduction, a pre-surgical diet regimen is recommended by your bariatric surgeon. You would have heard about the surgeons advising to eat lean or skip your meal few hours before other surgeries, it is a different story when it comes to any form of bariatric surgeries.
Why pre-surgical or pre-op diet?
- Since the entire talk and action is about reducing the food intake, a pre-surgical diet becomes essential to give a signal to the body that things are going to come in reduced quantity. This also means that the risks associated after the surgery is immensely reduced by this approach.
- Not only that, the pre-surgical diet or the pre-op diet makes the laparoscopic bariatric procedure more effective. This pre-op diet makes the flogging liver firmer and also makes the slippery fat found on visceral region to shrink. These two prevent unnecessary bleeding during the surgery and hence the effectiveness of the surgery.
- On top of that it brings under control the co-morbid conditions before the actual bariatric surgery is performed.
- All these above factors contributed to reduce the recovery time after the surgery.
The primary aim of the pre-op diet is to reduce the weight, to give proper hydration to the body, making the liver firmer and reducing the visceral fat.
When to start Pre-Op Diet?
The patient who is to undergoing bariatric surgery is recommended by the surgeon to undergo pre-op diet at least 2 weeks before the actual surgery date. So it is like prepping your body for the surgery.
The Actual Pre-Op Diet
- Water – Helps to maintain the fluid content of the body.
- Diluted juices of fruits and vegetables – this provides you with essential minerals, salts and vitamins and energy
- Soups – Soups made of mashed chicken can provide necessary protein and essential fat to the body.
- Protein Shake – Your bariatric surgeon would recommend the exact protein shake to be used. Protein shakes are necessary to supply the body with the essential protein needs. This is required for weight loss.
- Milk – Milk not only gives protein but also supplies the essential fat to the body.
- Calcium and Multivitamin Tablets – Your bariatric surgeon would recommend the necessary calcium and vitamin supplements keeping in view what is required for your body.
Dr Maran is an experienced Surgeon in the field of Gastro-enterology. He specializes in Advanced laparoscopic Surgery procedures of the gastro-intestinal (GI) tracts. Dr. Maran is also a leading Bariatric Surgeon in Chennai and has a penchant for addressing problems concerning Obesity.