Pre-op Lap-Band Diet

by Marilyn
(Genoa, Illinois)

I have been reading forums to study up on the lap band surgery, to see if it's for me & to know all that I can. Can you tell me if the pre op lap-band diet is 4 weeks of a liquid diet or is that for those who are having the RNY surgery?

Thank you. Marilyn..p.s. I love this web site- glad I found it...
ps. What is the pre-op diet for lap band surgery?



Thanks for writing Marilyn and I'm glad you like the site! I hope you'll come back to it often for lap-band recipes or to blog.

The pre-op lap-band diet depends to a large extent on your particular surgeon. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has not established a "standard" diet that must be followed.

The time before your weight loss surgery is the time to do your best eating in order to get in the best nutritional shape possible to promote speedy recovery and reduce the risk of complications.

Depending on how much weight you have to lose and who your surgeon is, your pre-op lap-band diet could be 2 weeks - 3 months and you may or may not be required to lose weight in that time period (again, depending on your doctor and also your insurance company).

What you are required to eat in that time period could range from full fasting to partial fasting (2 shakes and one meal) to a simple low calorie diet, high protein diet.

You can get pre-surgery "kits" such as these in order to take all the guesswork out of it if you want.

The surgeons I work with require a 2 week pre-op diet that's low calorie and high protein. Most of the patients opt to follow a "partial fast" (2 high protein shakes and one meal) in order to achieve this. I recommend the Bariatric Advantage shakes most often (because I love the taste and they're perfectly formulated) or one a handful of other brands you can see on this page about protein shakes.

Read more about the pre-surgery diet and see some examples of what to eat here.

I hope that helps!

Keep us updated as to your progress and feel free to contact me with any more questions. I hope you'll ultimately share your lap-band results story too!

Best,
Suzette

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