After your Lap-Band® surgery, a gradual and steady diet outline will be followed to maximize the success of your surgery and ensure safety. It is also essential to kick start your new healthy Lap-Band® life style. The first 2 days will consist of a CLEAR LIQUID DIET. This means low sodium and sugar-free beverages that you can see through with the only exception being milk or a milk alternative (almond, cashew, or coconut milk). The average daily caloric intake should range between 400 to 500 calories. The goal is to aim for 64 oz. of fluid total. The fluid will need to be sipped slowly to avoid over-stuffing the newly formed pouch above the band.
So what can you actually have? Dr. McEwen and his team at Community Surgery Center Hamilton recommend items such as water, clear broth or bouillon (remember, low in sodium), herbal tea, caffeine-free tea, sugar free drinks like diet Snapple, PowerAde Zero, crystal light (packets), Kellogg Special K protein water, GNC Isopure clear liquid protein drink, low sodium V8 and skim milk. It’s also very important that you do NOT take any multivitamins during these 2 days as this can upset your stomach.
Over the course of the first 2 days your fluid intake should be really slow. Aim for 1-2 oz. every 15-30 minutes and a total of 64 oz. for the entire day. Liquids should be room temperature or slightly cool or warm, and ice should be avoided. Juices, even if they’re sugar free, should be kept a minimum of 4oz or less per day (they’re high in natural sugar).
Make sure to closely follow these restrictions and instructions. Over stuffing the pouch, right after surgery, with too many fluids may cause pain in the left shoulder, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting. Just take your time and drink everything slowly. Pre-measure your amounts and ask for help. Don’t be alarmed if you’re unable to tolerate or swallow liquids easily for the first couple of days (24-48 hours) after surgery. If this discomfort continues post the first couple days, call our office immediately.
Here’s a check list of items we recommend for you to have on hand after surgery:
- Water bottles with ounces outlined
- Liquid milk of magnesium stool softener
- Heating pad for shoulder discomfort
- Measuring utensils (you’ll need these throughout your LAP-BAND® journey)
- Gaviscon for excessive gas or Gas X dissolvable strips
- Variety of low calories liquids
- Food scale
Dr. McEwen’s Community Surgery Center Hamilton office officers a monthly support group. The group is led by our dietitian and helps our patients hear from each other and get suggestions for any stage they’re in their LAP-BAND® journey. Dr. McEwen and his team is always available to help or answer any questions.
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