We Can Provide a Post-bariatric Surgery Diet Plan for Successful, Lasting Results
Due to the greatly reduced size of the stomach following bariatric surgery, proper postoperative nutrition is essential to allow the stomach to heal and to achieve your desired weight loss goals. Dr. Liza María Pompa González and the nutrition specialists on her team provide expert guidance and post-bariatric surgery diet plans at our center in Tijuana, Mexico, to help patients heal and achieve successful and lasting results. Postoperative nutrition plans may vary from patient to patient and will be based on the specific procedure you have undergone.
Postoperative Nutrition Plans
Our specialists provide thorough nutrition planning for patients in our bariatric program. You will receive specific, individualized plans for your pre- and post-surgery diets. These plans will vary based on the type of procedure you receive. Our postoperative nutrition plans schedule gradual introduction of foods allow your stomach ample time to heal properly, which reduces your risk of future complications. Allowing your stomach to heal increases your odds of achieving your weight loss goals and keeping the weight off long-term.
Post-operative nutrition plans are especially beneficial for patients who undergo malabsorptive types of bariatric procedures. These patients must learn to choose foods and supplements that will ensure they receive the nutrients that they need. Many patients are also unable to tolerate sugary, fatty, and very fibrous foods after surgery. With our tailored plans, all patients can discover more options that will benefit their health and unique situation.
Stages of Post-surgery Nutrition
As your stomach heals, you will go through various stages of eating.
You will need to drink clear liquids for one to seven days following your bariatric surgery. You may only be able to drink two to three ounces at a time and you must drink slowly. When you are able, you can begin drinking “complete” liquids for one week. These include skim milk, broths, sugar-free juices, and decaffeinated coffee or tea.
As your body becomes more tolerant, you may start introducing pureed foods. You will eat only pureed foods for three to four full weeks. Pureed foods have a paste-like consistency, similar to baby food. You may also have protein shakes during this time. You should not eat and drink at the same time during this stage because you will not be accustomed to the smaller size of your stomach and are often unable to gauge when you are full.
After three to four weeks of pureed foods, you may begin to introduce soft foods. You may eat a combination of pureed and soft foods for about two weeks. Soft foods should be cut into very small pieces and may include foods such as diced fish or chicken or ground meats, canned or soft fruit with no seeds or skin, and cooked vegetables with no skin.
After about eight weeks, you may gradually introduce more solid foods into your diet, but you should continue cutting your food into small, easily digestible bites. You may not tolerate some foods right away such as spicy or extremely crunchy foods. However, you may be able to incorporate those back into your diet at a later time. It is important to continue to eat small meals and to make healthy choices that focus on protein, vegetables, and fruits.
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Proper nutrition after weight loss is essential to the success of your bariatric program. Our nutrition specialists are available to guide you every step of the way to ensure your success, including any times you find yourself experiencing weight gain again. If you are considering bariatric surgery as a weight loss solution, contact us today to schedule your consultation