The First Food Stage Post Surgery
Bariatric Clear Liquids
You are home from the hospital and resting uncomfortably on the sofa. All the notes you took as a pre.op are written in Greek, and you
don’t remember what to do. What you may have heard from or about other patients may not be the same for you. To be successful in maintaining weight loss, you’ll have to commit to new eating habits. You’ll also want to follow any guidelines that your physician will provide Remember though that we have been there and have lived it.
In the first stage after surgery patients should drink clear liquids; defined as liquids that one can see through. Doctors require anywhere from a few days up to even one week of clear fluids after surgery to minimize need for digestion, and lessen production of solid waste; allowing your gastrointestinal system to heal. Liquids should be sipped slowly as gulping can cause pain.
Immediately after surgery you must drink enough fluids to keep hydrated. There are a small percentage of post ops who are re-hospitalized because of dehydration, so it is important to sip fluids constantly throughout the day.
Warm drinks such as herbal tea or broth are soothing and relax the stomach or pouch. Clear proteins can be blended with Crystal Light or broth and will help your body to heal.
Everything will taste too sweet – use more water or add crushed ice to dilute it to your taste. Focus on your exciting new future, drink your liquids, and pull yourself through this initial period.
Your choices are purposely very limited – hang on and do not progress to the next stage until you are told to.
Much success in your journey.
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
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