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Nutrition

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Good nutrition is essential after bariatric surgery, both to help you achieve your weight-loss goals and to ensure your long-term health and well-being.

Our registered dietitian will provide nutritional counseling to help you prepare for surgery and equip you with the tools for success. We are happy to work with you on an individual basis to develop a plan that will work best for you.

 

Immediately after surgery:

  • To help prevent complications, follow the post-operative diet exactly as it’s written. It will take seven weeks for your stomach to heal after surgery. During this time, it’s critical that you avoid eating too much, too fast, or the wrong foods. At first, your “new stomach” will only be able to hold very little. Over time, you will progress from liquids to pureed foods, soft solid foods, and solid foods. Do not skip ahead to foods before they are permitted.
  • If you experience any chest pain or tightening, stop eating immediately. These symptoms indicate that your pouch is full. Wait until symptoms subside before eating or drinking again.

Longer term:

  • Draw on the lessons you’ve learned during your nutritional counseling. Pay attention to why and when you eat, and remember to stop eating as soon as you are full.
  • Follow all instructions about vitamin and mineral supplements. Because you will be eating much less than before, you will take lifelong supplements of multivitamins, vitamin B12, and calcium with vitamin D.
  • Focus on high-protein foods and make sure you meet your protein requirements.

In keeping with our comprehensive approach, we will provide ongoing follow-up care. In addition, our registered dietitian is always available to answer your questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact her.