Bariatric surgery changes a person’s lifestyle. They need to quit smoking, exercise and eat a specific diet. The exercise and diet changes often start before surgery to help make surgery more successful and give those interested in bariatric surgery an idea of what life will be like after surgery. Below are some frequently asked questions about bariatric surgery diet and bariatric vitamins.
Q: Will I have to go on a diet before I have bariatric surgery?
A: It is likely you will need to undergo supervised weight loss prior to surgery, either through diet, exercise or both. This is to get you to your optimal health which will assist with the success of the surgery.
Q: What can I eat after bariatric surgery?
A: Because your stomach has been reduced in size, you will need to learn how to eat differently. Protein will be your main food source. You will need to eat 60 grams per day. You will also need to drink 64 oz. of water each day. Your food for the first two weeks following surgery will be pureed. A pureed diet is used to eventually transition into a solid food diet after surgery. This diet is focused on foods that are soft, smooth and easy to swallow. You will then transition to a soft diet, meaning foods that are easy to chew and easy to mash with a fork. Your doctor will then transition you to a diet you will remain on for the rest of your life. The diet details will be discussed with you at various times during the process.
Q: Do I have to take bariatric vitamins or supplements for the rest of my life?
A: This depends on the type of surgery you undergo. The laparoscopic gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass) procedure will require you to be on vitamins or supplements for the rest of your life. This is due to intestinal bypass/rerouting that occurs during the surgery. A multivitamin and calcium with Vitamin D also is recommended for patients having the gastric sleeve.
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