Post Gastric Bypass Surgery Diet

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Post Gastric Bypass Surgery Diet

A post gastric bypass surgery diet is an important tool used by doctors to get patients started on a brand new path to weight loss. This is adapted immediately after completion of gastric bypass surgery and extends up to about 2 months after the procedure. Beyond that, the patient can start returning to a normal diet although even this requires major changes in eating patterns.

The key elements of post gastric bypass surgery diet are divided into five phases, namely: Phase 1 – Liquid Diet, Phase 2 – Semi-Liquid Diet, Phase 3 – Semi-Solid Diet, Phase 4 – Low-Fat Diet, Phase 5 – Normal Diet with major changes to eating behavior.

Phase 1 – Liquid Diet

The first time a patient may be allowed to eat following surgery is about 48 to 72 hours after surgery is completed. This is to give the stomach time to heal. After this preliminary period, a post gastric bypass surgery diet consisting mainly of liquid foods can be started. The reason why only liquid foods are given at this stage is to be sure that no solid matter puts extra weight and stress on the still healing wounds. Common examples of diet elements for Phase 1 are milk, broth, cream soup strained free of suspended solids, and fruit juices. Food servings are limited to less than 100 mL at any given time depending on the size and nature of the bypass that was recently completed.

Phase 2 – Semi-Liquid Diet

This phase begins at about 5 to 7 days following the surgery. By this stage, the stomach should have healed to a degree that it can take semi-liquid foods. This phase of the post gastric bypass diet lasts between 2 to 4 weeks depending on the rate of healing. In general, foods are pureed into paste-like consistency before being fed to the patient.

Phase 3 – Semi-Solid Diet

Between 5 to 9 weeks after the surgery, patients can begin including semi-solid foods into their diet. This includes soft fruits, mashed cooked vegetables, even very finely diced everyday foods like meat and fish.

Phase 4 – Solid Low-Fat Diet

This stage of the diet consists of a lot of protein filled foods to facilitate further healing as well as vitamins and nutrients to reduce the risk of mal-absorptive complications. Common food elements include egg whites, low-fat cheese, died beans, and poultry to name a few.

Phase 5 – Normal Diet

This stage of the post gastric bypass surgery diet will most likely resemble the patient’s diet for the rest of their lives. Most everyday foods are accessible but only in very small portions. Eating and drinking should not be done together; rather, patients drink 30 minutes after they finished eating. Eating time is also more frequent, commonly every 2-4 hours.

With the inherent complexity of a post gastric bypass surgery diet as well as the commitment it requires from the patient, gastric bypass surgery is indeed a major decision that has to be thoroughly thought-about before patients decide to have it. Still, it promises to be an effective tool for weight loss and dedicated and determined patients can hope to see their lives turned around through their post gastric bypass surgery diet.