Plano, TX– People who undergo bariatric surgical procedures, such as gastric bypasses, are likely to find their diet before surgery looks nothing like what is recommended in the days and weeks following the procedure. Designed to prevent discomfort and potential complications, the post-surgical meal plan is important to follow to aid in a speedy recovery.
“Weight loss surgeries that involve restructuring of the stomach take time to recover from,” explains Dr. Nick Nicholson, founder and lead surgeon at the North Texas-based Nicholson Clinic, one of the top weight loss surgery centers in the country. “The body needs an adjustment period to its new self and eating as recommended can greatly help enhance the process while also promoting weight loss.”
Bariatric surgery patients will find their path to eating more normally will involve a number of phases. Each is designed to help patients gain the nourishment they need without overtaxing the surgical site or digestive system. The phases are:
· Post-surgery – The immediate period following surgery will typically involve a liquid diet. During this phase, patients will be asked to consume no more than a few ounces at a time. This is meant to help ease the body back into nourishment while also preventing nausea and other complications.
· Transitional – A few days post-surgery, softer foods are generally added in. True solid foods will remain off the menu in favor of strained or pureed items. Patients should not eat and drink at the same time to prevent over filling and nausea.
· Normal eating – Once the surgical site heals, normal diet may resume. Patients will find that solid foods should be added back into the routine slowly. It’s also important to pay attention to portion size to prevent over filling.
· Follow up – This is basically a maintenance phase post-surgery that is designed to provide support for patients in eating smaller, healthier meals.
“Diet following bariatric surgery is critical to monitor to help prevent discomfort, side effects and other concerns,” says Dr. Nicholson. “Once patients are fully healed, they can enjoy a wide variety of foods, but it’s important to always be mindful that stomach capacity will not be what it once was by design.”
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About Nicholson Clinic
, one of the country’s leading weight loss surgeons and co-author of “Weight Loss Surgery: The Real Skinny,” the Nicholson Clinic for Weight Loss Surgery offers a variety of options to help patients gain control of their weight and their lives.