Post Mini Gastric Bypass Dietary Guidelines
Obesity affects more than your quality of life. Left untreated, high amounts of body fat can lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and an elevated risk of stroke or heart attack, among other health risks.
Mini gastric bypass offers the health benefits of traditional bypass but with a shorter operation time and lower cost than traditional bypass surgery. At Oasis of Hope Bariatrics in Tijuana, Mexico, Dr. Francisco Gonzalez performs the surgery with the same safety regulations and surgical protocols as hospitals in the United States but at a much lower price.
Following the surgery, special dietary guidelines should be followed to realize the full potential weight loss. Here, our team explores the mini gastric bypass diet and explains what patients can expect.
Dietary Guidelines for the Weeks and Months after Surgery
Dr. Gonzalez will develop a custom nutritional plan for the weeks and months following surgery.
The purpose of a specialized diet is to:
- Not overstretch your stomach while it heals
- Allow you to adjust to smaller food portions
- Begin the weight loss process
- Reduce chances of complications following surgery
The First Weeks after Surgery
In the weeks after your operation, your diet will be restricted to clear liquids like broth, juice, and Jello. This will ease the stress on your stomach as it heals.
As your stomach heals, Dr. Gonzalez will outline various stages at which you can incorporate certain foods and drinks.
At all stages, it is crucial to drink adequate amounts (64 ounces a day) of water to avoid dehydration.
Eating slowly and chewing to a pureed consistency is also important to avoid irritating your digestive system.
One form of gastrointestinal irritation, dumping syndrome, can be avoided by eating slowly at regular intervals while avoiding excess sugar.
Alcohol and caffeine should be avoided.
Incorporating Solid Foods
At this point, meal sizes will increase incrementally.
Dr. Gonzalez will allow the introduction of fuller liquids (such as shakes, milk, and diluted oatmeal).
Mashed and pureed foods such as scrambled eggs and soft fruits will follow.
At around eight weeks after surgery, you can expect the green light to introduce solid foods (bread, raw vegetables, meat) into your diet. It is generally advised to introduce one type of food at a time to avoid stomach irritation.
Think of your post-surgery diet as a second chance at eating healthy. Beyond enjoying weight loss, a healthy diet leads to better health outcomes and lower risks of chronic diseases.
Benefits of Mini Gastric Bypass over Other Bariatric Procedures
The benefits of bypass surgery go beyond looks. Here are a few advantages of mini gastric bypass.
- Long-lasting weight loss
- Improved overall health
- Lower insulin dependency
- Reversal of type 2 diabetes (in some cases)
- Lower operation time than traditional bypass surgery
- Improved quality of life
- Elevated self-esteem
- Lower risk of complications compared to traditional bypass surgery
Plan Your Mini Gastric Bypass Consultation Today
Lower food consumption means lower caloric intake. When dietary guidelines are followed, weight loss during the first year following surgery can be dramatic.
The highly trained, English-speaking staff at Oasis of Hope Bariatrics are prepared to provide you with exceptional service. At our location, you can enjoy the same quality of care found in the United States but at a much lower cost. The surgery is typically performed in an hour and you can spend three nights in our recovery room, which features a private bathroom and Netflix.
With more than two decades of experience, Dr. Gonzalez can give you life-changing results with mini gastric bypass. For more information, contact us online or call (619) 690-8417.