These dietary guidelines are designed for bariatric patients who are preparing before and after the Lap Band procedure. Following these guidelines may help reduce complications, maximize the weight loss results, and boost your weight loss goals. As with any diet plan, consult with your doctor and dietitian before implementing this or any other diet plan.
Your surgeon may request you to lose weight or not to gain additional weight before the surgical placement of the gastric band. Losing weight before surgery can reduce the size of enlarged liver back to its normal size. An enlarged liver can make it difficult for the surgeon to place and position the Lap Band around your stomach.
It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions. Start by selecting healthier eating habits. The pre-surgical diet plan includes:
*You are allowed only to consume fluids for a minimum of 24 hours prior to surgery.
The first few weeks after surgery, you may experience mood changes and frequent irritability. However, it is crucial to follow your surgeon’s instructions to reduce the post-operative complications such as nausea, diarrhea, dehydration, constipation, and band erosion. Schedule a post-operative consultation with your doctor and seek approval before progressing to the next diet stage. Please note that these dietary stages are for Lap Band procedure.
The first week after surgery
For the first week after surgery, you are allowed only to consume clear liquids. You need to stay hydrated. Try to aim for 64 oz. of fluids daily. However, for the first couple days, you may progress from 24 oz. of fluids daily to 64 oz. to help your body adjust. Sip slowly, and you should stop drinking when you feel full.
Weeks 2-6 after surgery
Continue drinking fluids from the clear liquid diet. However, in this stage, you can add more liquid varieties to your daily intake. Keep in mid that your body still need to heal, thus only liquids are allowed and non-chunky/particles foods.
Week seven and beyond, after the placement of the lap band, involves the transition from full liquid to solid foods. Chew thoroughly and swallow your food slowly. Now you can introduce new healthy solid foods, one at a time.
*Nothing crunchy, crumbly, slimy or slippery such as macaroni & cheese, chips, pretzels, popcorns, trail mix, granola bars, lean cuisine, cereal, crackers, cream of wheat, oat meal, grits, and nutritional bars.
After each band adjustment, you need to go back to a liquid diet for about three days, then progressing to solid foods. Contact your doctor if you experience vomiting after a meal. Follow up with your doctor regularly.