January 15th, 2023
Are you in the process of qualifying, or have you already qualified for bariatric surgery? At either of these points, your surgeon may give you lifestyle guidelines to implement before surgery.
Before you have surgery, the surgeon's goals are to decrease abdominal fat and fat in or around the liver to prevent complications during surgery. A diet change before surgery prevents complications, but it can also give insight to what life will be like post-surgery.
It’s important to note that these lifestyle changes help promote a long, healthy life generally and are therefore applicable to everyone, though they are essential for surgery patients.
Changes your surgeon and registered dietitian may have you make before surgery include:
Nutrition Guidelines - Hopkins Medicine. John Hopkins Medicine, Mar. 2021, https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/bariatrics/_documents/nutrition-guidelines-for-weight-loss-surgery.pdf.