Your diet before and after a gastric bypass matters. Prior to surgery, your diet can help facilitate weight loss and get your body ready for the procedure. After surgery, your diet can help with healing and prevent discomfort.
The team at our Tijuana, Mexico weight loss surgery center would like to go over some of the basics when it comes to the pre-op and post-op gastric bypass diet. We will offer more guidelines and insight during the consultation process.
Before surgery, patients will have a special diet to follow to help lose weight heading into surgery and make sure the body is as healthy as possible for the procedure. These pre-op diets typically begin up to a month before surgery.
Around three days before surgery, patients will go on a liquid-diet. This will help clean out the digestive tract and allow for a problem free surgery. During this period, patients can only ingest the following:
Following surgery, patients will need to be on a liquid diet for the first week. This helps give your digestive tract a chance to heal without being overburdened.
Common components of the post-surgery liquid diet include:
By the second week after surgery, gastric bypass patients can add pureed foods into their diet. This includes:
Blended meats and certain kinds of smoothies should also be okay at this stage, though clear these with your surgeon first.
Around three weeks after surgery, you should be able to reintroduce select soft foods into your diet. This includes the following:
Be sure to chew thoroughly and really savor your food so that it can be digested properly.
A month after gastric bypass surgery, patients will be able to reintroduce solid foods into the diet. Be sure to go slowly when eating solid foods, chewing thoroughly and consuming meals slowly. This will give you a chance to feel out your body’s needs as it continues to recover in the weeks ahead.
Even though you will be back on solid foods after a month, there are certain foods you should avoid from here on out. This includes:
For more information about dietary changes before and after bariatric surgery, be sure to contact the team at Tijuana Bariatric Center. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail.