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Post-operative Gastric Band diet

Why do I need to follow a diet after my surgery?

After surgery it is very important that you follow the diet that is prescribed, as it allows your body to heal and to let your new band settle into its new position.

What does the diet consist of?

You will be given more detailed information when you see the team. In summary, we recommend that you have sloppy food for four weeks after surgery leading on to soft foods. At six weeks the band starts to get tightened. Just after your operation you will feel some restriction, as there is inflammation where the band has been fitted - this does decrease and you may find that you need 6 small sloppy foods a day to keep you satisfied. Don’t worry, as the band gets tighter over the next 6 months you will start to feel more of a restriction.

What is meant by the consistencies?

Sloppy foods are almost liquid, when you tip them off a spoon they should run e.g. Weetabix with lots of milk or soup put through a blender so it is smooth. Soft food is mashable with a fork e.g. fisherman's pie.

How often should I eat?

In the first 6 weeks try to eat little and often - three small meals and three snacks, spreading your food throughout the day.

What tips are there regarding eating?

The most important thing is to eat slowly and take your time when chewing your food. We are generally not very good at doing this as we rush our meals and often don’t concentrate on eating. If you do this after weight loss surgery you find it hard to pinpoint the moment when you have eaten enough and that can lead to feelings of sickness and being bloated.

Will my diet be balanced?

Your diet after surgery can progressively get limited regarding the quantity of food that you can eat as well as the types of food. This can make it difficult to achieve a totally balanced diet, but not impossible, you just have to be conscious of the types of food that you choose to eat. We suggest that you concentrate on eating sufficient protein and our dietitians will be happy to help you with suggestions on how to do this.

After six weeks what then?

After weight loss surgery, although your portions get progressively small, the aim is to eat as tasty and nutritious types of food as possible. We often take in wasted calories from food that we don’t particularly enjoy or eat from habit. With your new lifestyle, every mouthful of food should be enjoyable and full of nutrients. The aim is to not think of foods in terms of calories and fat but rather looking at protein, iron, calcium and other nutrients. This really is a time of experimenting and perhaps trying foods that you may not have had before. To help you feel fuller we suggest crunchy foods that take more effort to eat and are much more satisfying.

Post-operative Gastric Bypass diet

Why do I need to follow a diet after my surgery?

After bariatric surgery it is very important that you follow the diet that is recommended, as this allows your body to heal and to gradually get used to having food again. It also takes some time to get used to the new portion sizes that you can eat. Gradually moving from one consistency of food to another helps your brain catch up to the fact that your stomach is smaller. Thicker more solid foods will make you feel fuller for longer, they also produce a different sensation in your new stomach - a feeling of distension.

What does the diet consist of?

You will be given more detailed information when you see the team. In summary, you start on liquids for one week, progressing to sloppy/pureed and soft foods over the next 6 weeks. As you go from one consistency to another, you will notice a greater feeling of fullness or being uncomfortable. We have noticed over the years that when people are more cautious about restarting eating they have fewer problems such as sickness.

What is meant by the consistencies?

Fluids are straightforward - any liquid that hasn’t got lumps in it e.g. tea, coffee, milk, squash and clear soups (consume). Sloppy foods are almost liquid, when you tip them off a spoon they should run e.g. Weetabix with lots of milk or soup put through a blender so it is smooth. Pureed foods are slightly thicker and soft food is mashable with a fork. Although this can sound daunting, in reality it is a lot easier than it sounds, as you don’t feel as hungry.

What tips are there regarding eating?

The most important thing is to eat slowly and take your time chewing your food well. We are generally not very good at doing this as we rush our meals and often don’t concentrate on eating. If you do this after surgery, you find it hard to pinpoint the moment when you have eaten enough and that can lead to sickness and feeling bloated.

How often should I eat?

In the first six weeks, try to eat little and often - three small meals and three snacks, spreading your food throughout the day. Rather strangely, it is easy to forget to eat at all, so trying to have a routine that prompts you to have something regularly is a good idea. If you go too long without eating it can make you feel lightheaded. It can also lead to more episodes of the dumping syndrome.

What is the dumping syndrome?

This is a series of symptoms that usually occur after eating sugary foods, it is an unpleasant sensation of feeling hot and dizzy and sometimes faint and tired. It can be useful as it stops you wanting to eat those less healthy foods.

Will my diet be balanced?

Your diet after surgery is very limited regarding the quantity of food that you can eat, as well as the types of food. This can make it difficult to achieve a totally balanced diet in the first few weeks, however, over time you will find it easier to eat a variety of foods. We suggest that you concentrate on eating sufficient protein and our dietitians will be happy to help you with suggestions on how to do this.

Post-operative Gastric Balloon diet

Why do I need to follow a diet after my surgery?

After Gastric Balloon surgery, although your portions get progressively small, the aim is to eat as tasty and nutritious types of food as possible. We often take in wasted calories from food that we don’t particularly enjoy or eat from habit. With your new lifestyle, every mouthful of food should be enjoyable and full of nutrients. The aim is to not think of foods in terms of calories and fat but rather looking at protein, iron, calcium and other nutrients. This really is a time of experimenting and perhaps trying foods that you may not have had before. To help you feel fuller we suggest crunchy foods that take more effort to eat and are much more satisfying.

To find out more about post-operative diet, call one of our dietitian experts on 0808 128 00 22 or click here.

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