Before undergoing gastric banding or Lap-Band surgery, individuals typically undergo dietary modifications guided by bariatric surgeons. These adjustments often involve calorie restriction or the incorporation of liquid protein supplements like protein shakes. Patients must reach a goal of 64 ounces of liquid or sugar-free beverages such as Crystal Light, Fruit20, etc. Research shows that weight loss before bariatric procedures can significantly reduce the risk of complications.

General Overview:

  • A pre-op diet begins 2 to 3 months before surgery to promote weight loss
  • A full liquid protein diet starts two weeks before surgery to prepare a patient’s body for the transition that will occur following the procedure
  • Some surgeons require patients to lose 10% of their body weight before gastric banding
  • You should have 1,200 calories a day and 70 to 120 g of protein (most of these will come from protein shakes)
  • Patients are typically advised to avoid refined sugars and minimize their intake of saturated fat, dietary fat, and carbohydrates

Our nutritionist recommend Naked Pea Protein, Vega Organic, Premier Protein, and Nuzest Clean Clean Protein as protein shake brands.

Remember to avoid:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeinated drinks (which make it more difficult for you to stay hydrated)
  • Corn, peas, potatoes, and beans
  • Added fats, oils, butter, margarine, and mayo

Benefits of the Gastric Band Pre-Op Diet

A healthy, high-protein diet before a gastric banding procedure is critical to this bariatric procedure. There are numerous benefits related to this pre-operative diet, including:

Reduction of body fat: Decreasing fat around the abdominal mid-section helps ensure the safety of bariatric patients. The abdominal mid-section is the site where gastric banding is performed. Reducing the fat in this area will make the surgeon’s job easier.

Preservation of lean body mass: Increased protein intake helps preserve and protect muscle tissue. A reduced-calorie diet with increased protein will stop the body from using muscle tissue as a source of energy and make it burn fat instead.

Reduction of the size of the liver: A strict pre-op diet shrinks the liver by reducing glycogen stores. It is common for those suffering from obesity to have enlarged livers due to large amounts of body fat. Reducing the size of the liver enables better surgical access to the stomach and will shorten the time involved with the procedure. This is a crucial factor in reducing the complications associated with gastric banding.

Preparation for post-surgery recovery: The pre-operative guidelines suggested by bariatric surgeons and nutritionist are designed to provide the body with helpful nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to cope with the nutritionally demanding post-bariatric recovery period. It also lays a firm foundation for an optimal healing process.

Adhering to pre-operative dietary recommendations ensures a safe and effective outcome. Although the prescribed diet may initially seem rigorous, it prepares the body for the significant changes it will experience post-surgery. Skilled bariatric surgeons may postpone the operation if safety concerns arise, highlighting the importance of adequate preparation.

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