People undergoing weight loss surgery
Before surgery, it is important to follow precise specifications regarding the type of food. It is recommended that one month before the procedure, you stop taking pills with hormone-based contents, such as contraceptives. Three weeks before the treatment, the consumption of vitamins and minerals will be ideal for strengthening the body’s defenses.
After two weeks, before surgery, it is necessary to stop taking any herbal or anti-inflammatory medication. As of this week, carbonated drinks and caffeine are forbidden, to detoxify the high body levels of sugars. One day before the surgical procedure, the diet will be based solely on fluid intake. We refer to liquids as:
- Broths that are seasoned with a little salt
- Apple-like juices
After surgery, the patient will be connected to the intravenous line for about a day, and after this, the feeding is based on liquids of the same type. The nurses in charge will observe how much food is consumed.
The surgeon in charge will recommend, after a particular time, the ingestion of pureed meals, the portions at the beginning will be small and this because, due to the surgical intervention, it will be difficult for the body to decompose the food.
Approximately, at week seven, the consumption of solid food is already allowed. It is important to emphasize that the introduction to this diet will be done gradually, according to the progress of the person’s healing.
Some recommendations that can be followed are:
- The intake of vitamins – This because the person will considerably reduce the percentage of food by what is required of the vitamins to level the portions that are needed in the body.
- Controlling water- Water is very important, but you should take a slow pace at the time of taking it because of the rapid expansion that occurs when drinking can release the staples.
- Separate food and liquids – It happens the same as with water, mixing these two stretches the stomach so that it can cause discomfort in the patient.
- Since a person must regain his or her body’s tolerance towards food, it is essential that different types of food are introduced slowly.
- No sugars, no fat – Patients are recommended to try not to eat foods high in sugar percentage and avoid high levels of fat since they can be recovered after surgery, which would be counterproductive.
Now we can see that food plays a significant role in the process before and after surgery since it is an elementary basis for avoiding certain factors that can damage the treatment.