Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Pre-op Diet
As part of your preparation for weight loss surgery, your bariatric surgeon will request that you begin a weight loss surgery pre-op diet plan in order to physically prepare your body for surgery. Following the diet plan will make your liver easier to retract and prepare your bowels. Failure to follow the prescribed diet plan heightens the risk of infection and may result in a postponement of your weight loss surgery.
What to Expect from a Weight Loss Surgery Pre-op Diet Plan
The start date of your weight loss surgery pre-op diet typically depends on your individual BMI (Body Mass Index) and any other health concerns your physician deems relevant. Most weight loss surgery pre-op diet plans include at least 10 days of restrictive eating, with a minimum of 7 days on a protein-rich Atkins-style diet reducing to clear fluids for the 3 days immediately prior to the date of your weight loss surgery.
While doing your research into bariatric surgery, you may come across some weight loss centers that recommend a magnesium citrate (Colyte) cleanse of the bowels prior to surgery in lieu of a 3-day diet of clear fluids, which is perfectly normal. However, for those who plan to be traveling immediately prior to a weight loss surgery procedure, we have found that a 3-day cleanse on clear fluids is much less invasive and provides for a better travel experience. As you can imagine, the words “bowel cleanse” and “airplane” don’t go well together.
- Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery
- Start Atkins diet on the date prescribed by your physician
- Consume only clear fluids for the 3 days prior to your surgery
- Refrain from having anything to eat or drink after midnight preceding surgery (or 8 hours prior to surgery)
- Stop any medication unless indicated and recommended by your doctor
- Stop any vitamin supplements and herbal medications 7 days before the surgery
- Refrain from using aspirin, Advil, Kuprin, Aleve or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication for 7 days prior to surgery.
It is imperative that you strictly follow the instructions of your physician in order to ensure your own health and safety. If you have any questions regarding the weight loss surgery pre-op diet your physician has recommended for you, please contact your physician directly or ask for assistance from your Ready4aChange care facilitator.
Our care facilitators are here to answer any questions you may have and always keep your information confidential. If you are considering weight loss surgery, contact us today! 1-800-270-7120