Introduction to Our 2-week Pre-Op Diet

January 9, 2020

Hi, my name is Kathy Kapner and I’m the bariatric coordinator here at Advanced Surgical Associates. One of our patients’ biggest concerns is their diet before and after bariatric surgery. I am not a bariatric surgery patient, but I do want to show you what to expect. So, today I’m starting the 2-week pre-op diet. I’m going to document my progress with 4 blog entries plus the one you are reading now.

The Purpose of the Pre-Op Diet:

The reason for the pre-op diet is to decrease risk before surgery, create a safer procedure and reduce the risk of conversion to open surgery. It also helps you understand what to expect when you start dieting in earnest after surgery. Main benefits include:

  • Reducing liver size and intra-abdominal fat
  • Improving visual field
  • Reducing co-morbidities
  • Increasing patient understanding of post-op requirements
  • Reducing operating time
  • Reducing post-operative risks

Taking this first step not only helps you through surgery in a physical way but prepares you psychologically as well.

How It Works:

Over the course of the next two weeks, my goal is to lose some excess body weight by drinking high protein meal replacement shakes and eliminating high sugar, high fat foods. My vitals (blood pressure etc.) as well as my bloodwork (cholesterol, sugar, etc.) should also improve dramatically. If I were preparing for surgery, some of my surgical risk would be reduced as a result.

The Program:

I will be following our pre-op diet and consuming several protein shakes and meal replacements from Bariatric Advantage. I’ll be allowed salads on week 1 but not week 2. The diet will total 900 calories per day.

So here we go! Stay tuned for my first update coming up in just a few days!

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