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Bariatric Surgery Recovery Diet: Week One

A healthy diet with fruits and vegetablesThe team at Tijuana Bariatric Center takes our patients' post-operative healing and recovery just as seriously as we take the weight loss surgery itself. The bariatric surgery recovery process is crucial for lasting wellness and success, which is why we offer ample instructions and encourage patients to contact our team while they heal. Guidance in recovery means peace of mind and better health in the short-term as well as the long-run.

The first week after bariatric surgery is crucial, and many patients wonder what they'll be eating after their surgery. Let's look at this issue in a bit of detail.

Adjusting to Your New Lifestyle

One of the most important things about your life after bariatric surgery is the adjustment process. This essentially means that you are getting used to your new lifestyle. That means a new diet, a new way of eating, and a new you.

After your surgery, you will need to be careful about what you ingest so you give your body time to heal and to get used to the changes that have occurred.

The First Week After Surgery: An All-Clear-Liquid Diet

During the first week after bariatric surgery, patients will be on an all-liquid diet, more specifically, all clear liquids only. Your stomach will not have to do much work to deal with clear liquids, and it will help you ease back into thicker liquids and soft foods, eventually transitioning back to solids by the end of a month.

Approved Liquids for the First Week After Surgery

When it comes to clear liquids to have after surgery, some are better than others. Ideal clear liquids to have during that first week after surgery include:

  • Water
  • Heavily diluted and approved juices
  • Certain approved broths (e.g., chicken, vegetable, clear beef)
  • Sugar-free gelatin
  • Sugar-free popsicles or juice bars
  • Flavored waters

When having these liquids, be sure to drink slowly and to not rush yourself or push yourself when it comes to eating.

Take Things at Your Own Pace

Even though you will be moving on to soft foods over the course of the next few weeks, it's important that patients take their recovery at their own pace. They shouldn't push themselves to eat solid foods before they're ready. Instead they should take all of this slowly, and ensure that they experience no pain or discomfort as they are healing after their surgery.

A Chance to Understand Your Body and Its Needs

Using this transition period in the weeks after surgery, you can become better attuned to your body and its needs. This means seeing how much you ingest with your altered digestive tract, what ideal times are to have liquids, and so forth. Take this time to get in touch with your body and its needs.

A Glimpse at the Weeks Ahead

By week two, patients will start incorporating protein into their diets through powders, creamy soups, or yogurt. This continues to week three, where very soft foods (e.g., noodles in soup) may be integrated into the diet. By the end of a month, it's back to solids, though many patients will want to continue to take time getting back to solid food. Being cautious and conservative can help out a great deal in these early stages of bariatric surgery recovery.

Schedule a Consultation at Tijuana Bariatric Center

If you would like more information about bariatric surgery and how it can help you lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle, be sure to contact our team of weight loss surgery specialists today. The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center will work with you to ensure the best results possible.

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