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Postoperative Diet Guide

Now that you’ve had weight-loss surgery, you’ve taken a big step towards looking good, feeling good and getting healthy. However, before you can shed the pounds you’ll need to recover from your surgical procedure and familiarize yourself with your new post-surgery diet.

Michelle Mallory, Registered Dietician at Surgical Weight Control Center, discusses your nutrition needs for after surgery. 

After receiving gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy or gastric band surgery, you’ll now feel full after eating less due to the reduced size of your stomach. We recommend a specific diet regimen that can help you heal after surgery. This diet will start while you’re in the hospital and continue for several weeks.

It’s important to follow your postoperative diet after surgery recommendations in order, as diverting from this plan can cause negative side effects such as vomiting, nausea, hair loss, depression, or even weight gain.

The steps below detail the kind food you should eat and what type of food to avoid. Your commitment to each diet and your physician’s recommendations determine how long you’ll stay on a particular step. The timeframes we provide are estimates. Follow each diet in combination with the steps described in the postoperative nutrition guide.

1. The clear liquid diet post-surgery (The day of your surgery)
2. The full liquid diet (Days 2 to 14 after your surgery)
3. Soft solid foods (Starting day 15)
4. Your healthy lifestyle

Your team at Surgical Weight Control Center wants you to participate in your new healthy lifestyle. We encourage our patients to join our support groups and find ways to find long-term success.

If you have questions regarding your diet please call 702-313-8446.