Advancements in bariatric surgery have made surgical weight loss more effective and long-term. However, to realize the full potential of bariatric surgery, patients will need to eat a healthy diet and follow strict rules for nutrition.
Because the stomach is very sensitive after weight loss surgery, patients will need to eat small amounts of food slowly and carefully to prevent vomiting, obstruction, and stretching of the stomach pouch. Patients will also need to increase their protein intake to promote healing.
Immediately after surgery, patients will be on a strict liquid diet consisting of water, sugar-free beverages, diet gelatin, and noncarbonated drinks. A high-protein supplement should be added a few days after surgery to help patients maintain energy.
Once patients are clear to eat semi-solid and soft foods, it’s important to:
Once patients are able to eat solid food, here are a few tips to follow for proper nutrition and maximum results.
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