If you like many people who are considering to undergo a weight loss surgery like lap band surgery, for sure there are so many questions in your mind. A lot of people would often ask of the possible changes that they can expect to experience after doing it, especially when it comes to food. They wonder if they could still eat the same kinds of foods that they used to eat and if yes, how much are they allowed to eat and other questions.
Following Instructions from a Dietician
Before leaving the hospital after the lap band surgery the patient will be instructed by a clinical nutritionist or dietician. They will also make sure that the patient fully understands what foods are allowed to be consumed after the surgery, as well as how to eat them and in what quantity.
The patient needs to be on a clear liquid diet during the first 2-4 days following the surgery. No other foods should be eaten as it can cause serious problems like band slippage or erosion of the band. When this happens, the patient needs to have the surgery again in order to correct it. This is why the instructions should be clearly understood and strictly followed.
If you used to be a coffee drinker, caffeinated energy drinks, caffeinated tea, root beers, cola, and other drinks with caffeine are not allowed days or weeks prior to having the surgery as they will not be allowed for 90 days after the procedure. Therefore, better to give them up early so you will not suffer from caffeine withdrawal symptoms or any headaches during your recovery period.
In addition, carbonated drinks like diet sodas or even carbonated mineral water could cause bloating and changes in the size of the stomach are not allowed after the surgery.
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Modified Liquid Diet
After 90 days, the patient will be on a modified liquid diet that should last for about 2 months. This will involve drinking a protein shake every hour in a span of 10-12 hours. This is also combined with 2 ounces of soup, baby food, sugar-free gelatin, or some pureed food that can be made in a food processor. This should be taken three times a day.
The food to be eaten should also be prepared in a food processor for a month and a half. The patient will be allowed to eat vegetables, meat, and salads given that these are shredded. Foods that should be avoided include bread, potatoes, and other starchy foods.
The diet could differ depending on the patient’s obesity and weight goals and plans, as well as how much weight the patient plans to lose and how motivated the patient is.