After Weight Loss Surgery (Obesity Surgery)

Once you are over the first few days after weight loss surgery and you are home, the journey of your new life starts.  Immediately after surgery you will need to be careful about what you eat.  You will need to start off with clear liquids, then progress onto full liquids, then to puree foods and finally into solid foods.  With the right guidance you should get what you need nutritionally while giving you a chance to heal internally.

Keeping Hydrated

After your surgery your pouch will be swollen so liquids are essential to prevent discomfort and stretching of the pouch.  The result of premature stretching of the pouch would be a leak, which could lead to serious health issues.  It is important that you follow each dietary stage for the required amount of time, the advice will depend on the type of procedure you have had and your own personal assessment.  Immediately after surgery you will not be able to eat, your main goal will be to stay properly hydrated.

Liquids & Purees

The next stage is full liquids and thin purees such as soups, broths, protein shakes & light yoghurts.  Purees are the next step such as scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, creamed rice, and porridge.  Your dietician will advise you on food choices that are suitable for each dietary stage. 

Solid Foods

The final stage is solid foods; this stage is typically reached at approximately 4-6 weeks, depending on which weight loss surgery you have had.  It is advisable to eat slowly and drink fluids with your food.  There are also a few other tips, which are useful to bear in mind when transferring to solid foods:

  • Avoid raw foods until at least 3 months after surgery
  • Avoid foods high in fat and sugar especially fried foods
  • You may have problems with diary products, limit them in the first few months
  • Don’t overeat
  • Eat the protein source first
  • Chew slowly and carefully
  • Try not to eat after 9pm
  • If you experience any problems with any particular foods, go back to purees and try them at a later stage

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