The Purpose of the Pre-Op Diet
The pre-op diet recommendations will help improve your nutritional status before surgery. An essential goal of the pre-surgery diet is to shrink your liver as fat cells accumulate in and around it. Most patients suffering from obesity have large livers, making gastric sleeve surgery more difficult for your bariatric surgeon and more dangerous for you. Reducing general body fat will make your recovery faster and less painful while also increasing safety.
The pre-op gastric sleeve diet requires you to do the following:
- Reduce calorie intake
- Eat more protein
- Reduce carbohydrate consumption
- Drink more water
Drinking more water and eliminating other beverages like carbonated drinks will help get your body used to the post-op diet. Try to drink at least 64 ounces of water daily and start to eliminate alcohol, soda, juice, energy drinks, and coffee with cream or sugar.
Stop drinking fluids with your meals and wait at least 30 minutes to drink water.
Eliminating alcohol and tobacco use will aid your body's natural healing ability and help reduce the risk of complications during and after surgery. By eliminating these habits, you will improve your chance of a comfortable and successful recovery.