The pre-op diet will prepare your body for surgery and improve surgical outcomes and recovery.
LAP-BAND Surgery Pre-Op Diet
About two weeks before your Lap-Band surgery, you will be expected to start making changes in your diet. Your surgeon will have you begin a special pre-op diet that is designed to get your body ready for surgery and make recovery easier. Although you may be tempted to splurge on all your favorite foods, this is not the time to let your health worsen.
The purpose of a pre-surgery diet is to:
- Reduce body fat around the stomach and liver, as well as shrink the liver itself. If the liver is too large, the surgery may have to be postponed.
- Improve surgical outcomes and recovery. By reducing fatty triglycerides from around the liver and spleen, it can reduce potential surgical bleeding.
- Increase protein intake, which will help preserve and protect muscle tissue.
The pre-surgery diet will also prepare Lap-Band patients for the post-op diet and increase the rate of weight loss following surgery.
Pre-Op Dietary Guidelines
As a generality, most Lap-Band pre-op diet plans are high in protein while low in calories, fats, and carbohydrates.
- The average calorie allowance for the Lap-Band pre-op diet ranges from 800 to 1200 calories per day.
Foods that will need to be decreased in your diet include high-sugar foods, high carbohydrate foods (including bread and pasta), fats (such as butter), fatty meats, fried foods, whole milk products, high-calories beverages (including regular soda and alcoholic beverages).
Your diet will be limited, but foods that may be included are yogurt, fruit, cereal, eggs, oatmeal for breakfast and lean meat or fish with green vegetables for dinner. Your diet may also include protein supplements.
As individualized pre-op diets will vary between surgeons and patients, it is important that you follow the specific recommendations of your doctor.
High levels of protein will help the body heal after surgery as well as protect muscles so that the body burns excess fat instead of muscle tissue when on a low fat diet.
- The typical pre-op diet will include 70 to 120 grams of protein each day.
To ensure adequate protein intake, the Lap-Band diet will rely on protein supplementation. Protein powders, such as Myocel, are designed to lower the fat content of the liver, maximize recovery, and promote weight loss. Myocel can be mixed in with skim milk, water, fruit juice, or fat-free yogurt.