These dietary guidelines are designed for Orbera™ patients to help minimize complications and maximize weight loss during and after placement.
During the first week after placement, you may feel gastric discomfort. Your doctor may prescribe you with oral medication to help you with your symptoms. Reduce your chances of complications by following your doctor’s instructions carefully. Complications may include nausea, vomiting, gastric perforation, bowel obstruction, and premature balloon deflation.
Let your stomach rest and adjust to the gastric balloon. Follow your doctor’s instructions and stay hydrated throughout the day. For the first two to three days, you are recommended to drink clear liquids only. When your stomach adjusts to the balloon, you can intake more varieties of liquids. Some examples of clear liquids are water, ice chips, sugar-free popsicles, crystal light, and strained clear broth (i.e. chicken, beef, and vegetables stock).
At this point your body is adjusting to the balloon and after about two days you will be able to enjoy full liquids. Examples of full liquids include protein shakes and strained soup. Remember to take small sips and drink liquids slowly. Wait about one to two minutes between sips. Some individuals may have to wait as long as 10 minutes between drinks. It is important to have at least 8 cups of liquid intake per day to stay hydrated. If you are taking medications, please contact your medical staff to see they may have liquid or other alternatives. Clear liquids are also acceptable in this stage.
Follow your doctor’s instructions and stay hydrated throughout the day. For the first three days, you are recommended to drink clear liquids only. When your stomach adjusts to the balloon, you can intake more varieties of liquids. Some examples of clear liquids are water, ice chips, sugar-free popsicles, crystal light, and strained clear broth (i.e. chicken, beef, and vegetables stock).
During the transition from full liquid diet to a pureed food diet it is important to listen to your body to see if you will be able to tolerate puree foods comfortably. In about a week, you will be able to transition to the next consistency, which are soft foods. Make sure to only continue if you are able to tolerate foods in the previous step comfortably. It is not a race to get to the next step, take your time until you are comfortable to reach the next consistency stage. Remember to stop eating if you feel discomfort or pressure.
In this stage, the transition is from puree to soft foods, is designed to prepare you to return to solid foods. Select soft foods that are low in calories, fats and carbs. Always listen to your body to see how well you are adapting to the current transition. Notice any feeling of discomfort, fullness or pressure. These may be signs to slow down or to stop eating completely.
The fourth week is the final dietary transition, which introduces solid foods in to the diet. This is the consistency of food that you will be able to eat from this point forward. The gastric balloon is designed to be a tool to re-train your appetite to help you with your weightless goals. Contact your dietician or clinical staff member if you have any problems, questions or concerns regarding diet and food intake.
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Meat, Fish, Poultry, Eggs, And Legumes
Fruits And Vegetables
Grains And Starches
Sweets And Desserts
Follow your doctor’s instructions and meet the support team on a regular basis. After about 6 months, your doctor will perform a removal of the gastric balloon. You may be instructed to consume only fluids for 24 hours before the removal procedure.