Liquid Dieting, Pre-Surgery

Have you heard someone say that Bariatric Surgery is the easy way out? I would say nay. As I prepared for my surgery, I began my liquid diet which included broth, fat free cream soups, sugar-free Jello, Propel and protein shakes. It was difficult. Going from eating 2,000ish calories a day to drinking my nutrition was not easy. I say nay that this is an easy way!

One evening, as my family ate a $5.00 Hot & Now Pizza, I hid away in a bath. Calgon did not take me away but instead I spent an hour listing everything that I wanted to eat. I felt defeated. I felt empty. Nothing felt easy. As the temperature of the water cooled and so did my need for food. I asked the Lord to strengthen me. I felt like I could press forward to the goal before me. I was able to join my family the rest of the night instead of hiding in my weakness.

I would like to lie and say that I did not struggle again with the fast but that would be dishonest. The night before my clear liquid diet, I decided all this is not for me. Am I really that big? Do I weigh enough for this surgery? Then, I thought of the diets that I had yet to try…would x-y-z diet work instead of surgery? I was lovingly pointed to truth: My insurance company, the doctors, and the scales declared me morbidly obese. I qualified. The book of Hebrews tells us:  “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”. I say yay!

various shakes for liquid diet before weight loss surgery

 

Background information on the Liquid Diet before weight loss surgery:

Surgeons typically require patients to adhere to a liquid diet before weight loss surgery for several reasons, each crucial for ensuring a successful procedure and reducing post-operative complications. This pre-operative diet is often a part of a comprehensive pre-surgery preparation plan, known as pre-operative optimization, aimed at minimizing risks and maximizing outcomes.

Firstly, a liquid diet helps to shrink the liver. Many individuals who are obese have enlarged livers, which can obstruct the surgical field and increase the risk of complications during surgery. By consuming a liquid diet, typically low in carbohydrates and calories, patients can significantly reduce the size of their liver, making it easier for surgeons to access and maneuver during the procedure. This not only enhances the surgeon’s visibility but also decreases the likelihood of accidental injury to the liver during surgery.

Secondly, a liquid diet helps to initiate weight loss prior to surgery. Weight loss before the operation can lead to a reduction in visceral fat, the fat that surrounds organs in the abdomen. This fat reduction can improve surgical outcomes by decreasing the amount of fat in and around the liver and other abdominal organs. Additionally, pre-operative weight loss can also improve the patient’s overall health, making them better equipped to tolerate the stress of surgery and anesthesia.

Moreover, adhering to a liquid diet helps to prepare the gastrointestinal tract for surgery. Consuming liquids instead of solid foods reduces the volume and complexity of material passing through the digestive system, leading to a cleaner and less congested surgical field. This can make the procedure safer and more efficient, reducing the risk of complications such as aspiration or gastrointestinal leakage during surgery.

Additionally, a liquid diet helps to manage blood sugar levels. Many patients undergoing weight loss surgery have underlying metabolic conditions such as diabetes or insulin resistance. By consuming a liquid diet low in carbohydrates and sugars, patients can better control their blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of hyperglycemia or insulin spikes during surgery.

In summary, the requirement for patients to follow a liquid diet before weight loss surgery serves multiple purposes essential for optimizing surgical outcomes. It helps to shrink the liver, initiate weight loss, prepare the gastrointestinal tract, and manage blood sugar levels, all of which contribute to reducing the risk of complications and improving the overall success of the procedure. Adhering to the pre-operative diet guidelines set by the surgeon is crucial for ensuring a smooth and safe surgical experience for the patient.

We recommend our WLS Afterlife viewers follow their doctor’s dietary guidelines, regardless of our recipe instructions. Don’t forget to control your portions after weight loss surgery.

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