So you’re having the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) soon?
Are you preparing as you should to be ready for the big day?
Preparation for bariatric surgery is multi-faceted. You have to prepare mentally as well as physically in order to get the results that you need.
The problem is that most people tend to focus on the POST-op part of bariatric surgery. But it starts with PRE-op preparation to lay the foundation for success post-op.
This primarily comes in the form of the pre bariatric surgery diet. It’s specific and short and it makes all the difference in the world.
Why a Gastric Sleeve Pre-Op Diet is Important
There are two primary reasons why you are instructed to follow your pre-op diet before you have gastric sleeve surgery:
It helps you lose weight before your surgery
It reduces the size of your liver
Both of these reasons are critical to the success of your surgery to help you avoid unnecessary compilations that could seriously impact your health in a negative way.
The pre bariatric surgery diet (for all procedure types) is classified as a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD). As it sounds, the diet is low in calories, but it’s also high in protein. Higher protein intake is associated with lower BMI.
As you may know, daily vitamins and minerals are a necessary part of care and maintenance after having gastric bypass surgery. The body’s digestive processes have been altered, and your body becomes less capable of absorbing necessary nutrients from food. To maintain proper nutrition and function after you’ve had bariatric surgery, you will need to […]
This week we are continuing the vitamin series with one of the B complex vitamins, Vitamin B12! Vitamin B12 is a very important micronutrient to keep an eye on throughout your bariatric surgery journey. Vitamin B12 deficiencies are one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in patients following bariatric surgery. In this article, we are […]
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