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How to Best Prepare Before Bariatric Surgery

Preparing to undergo surgery is an integral step of a successful recovery. Before bariatric surgery at a Tijuana, Mexico, hospital, Tijuana Bariatric Center can ensure that you are comfortable and understand the necessary steps that should be taken prior to your procedure. The team will assist you with your travel to Mexico, answer any questions you may have, and connect you with a doctor within our network that will help you achieve the results you desire.

Discussing Health History and Candidacy Requirements

Undergoing a bariatric procedure is an exciting time for patients because of the incredible, life-changing results that can be achieved. However, to ensure that the entire process goes as smoothly as possible, it is important to follow some specific steps.

Following an initial phone consultation, we will gather medical records, conduct an in-depth health analysis, and discuss other information that is necessary to determine your candidacy. At this time, you should notify our team or your doctor of any allergies, health conditions, or general concerns about factors that may affect your outcome.

Three to Six Months Before Surgery

In the months prior to your surgery, it is important to get into the habit of eating healthy foods. Since your stomach will not accommodate as much food after the procedure, you must be able to provide your body the nutrients it needs, while consuming smaller portions. During this time, patients should strive to:

  • Eat More Protein: Protein will help you feel full more quickly, and will help preserve muscle once you begin losing weight.
  • Take Multivitamins: Multivitamins can complement your regular diet, so taking them should become part of your routine. 
  • Avoid Alcohol: After surgery, changes to the digestive tract can cause patients to become intoxicated more easily. Alcohol not only contains empty calories, but consumption can also affect willpower and lead to unhealthy eating patterns.
Juicer surrounding by fruits, vegetables and glass of fresh orange juice
A healthy diet is rich in fruits and vegetables, both whole and juices.
Adhering to a strict diet plan not only supports a successful surgery, but also helps patients learn healthy eating habits to complement their post-operative lifestyles.

Three to Four Weeks Before Surgery

During the seven to 14 days prior to the surgery, your doctor will prescribe a strict, liquid-only diet. Patients must adhere to the diet, otherwise, there is a strong possibility that the procedure will be canceled and need to be rescheduled at a later date. Examples of various liquids that can be consumed during this one to two-week time period include:

  • Clear Broths
  • Meal Replacement Shakes
  • Protein Shakes
  • Sugar-free Beverages
  • V8 (Vegetable Juices)

In some cases, thin cream of wheat or cream of rice may be consumed, but patients should consult with their doctor first. Caffeinated and carbonated drinks are strictly forbidden, and patients should wait at least 30 minutes between meals and the consumption of liquids. Adhering to a strict diet plan not only supports a successful surgery, but will also help patients learn healthy eating habits to complement their post-operative lifestyles. 

Preparing for Your Recovery

An important part of the planning process includes both mental and physical preparation. Since it will require up to six weeks for a full recovery, patients should prepare their home, have proper assistance for childcare or other needs, and stock necessary foods, fluids, and nutritional supplements. 

Learn More

For more information on the steps that need to be taken prior to your procedure, reach out to the Tijuana Bariatric Center. Please contact us online or call 1 (800) 970-0577 today.

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