Weight Loss Surgery Program 972-981-3861 Dieticians 972-981-8444
Nutrition and Making an Appointment with the Dietitian
Prior to bariatric surgery it is recommended that you meet with a dietitian who will advise you on which vitamins and supplements that you will need to take post-operatively. It is helpful to purchase certain items ahead of your bariatric weight loss surgery date and a dietitian will help guide you with what items to purchase. An appointment with the dietitian after surgery is helpful to make sure dietary guidelines are being met and that protein and vitamin and mineral intake is adequate. You can make an appointment with a dietitian at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano by calling 972-981-8444.
The clinical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, teach a class on the first and third Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. This class is open for pre-operative and post-operative patients.
The following are the dates for 2011:
January 6 and 20 May 5 and 19 September 1 and 15
February 3 and 17 June 2 and 16 October 6 and 20
March 3 and 17 July 7 and 21 November 3 and 17
April 7 and 21 August 4 and 18 December 1 and 15
All classes are located in the Magnolia room of Tower C- Lower Level.
Changes in Diet and Habit
After bariatric surgery, you will be on a clear liquid diet and will start to follow a full-liquid diet on day 4 after surgery. You will be on full liquids for the first 6 weeks following surgery. You will advance to a diet of chopped and diced foods at 6 weeks after surgery and a diet of solid foods at 13 weeks after surgery. Patients must reduce meal size and avoid overeating or drinking excessive fluids. Snacking throughout the day and consuming high calorie liquids should be avoided. Compliance with post-operative dietary guidelines is very important.
Successful Eating Habits
Bariatric procedures restrict your stomach capacity significantly, so that even after consuming small portions of food you feel full and continue to feel satisfied for a longer period of time. It is important that you stop eating once you first notice a sensation of fullness or abdominal pressure as overeating can trigger pain, nausea and even vomiting. The best way to feel satisfied is to eat your meals very slowly, take small bites and chew each bite thoroughly. Make sure you eat your protein foods first as they will help you to feel full sooner.
You will need to focus on changing your eating habits immediately after having surgery if you want to enjoy the benefits of rapid weight loss. The aim of the dietary guidelines following surgery is for patients to be able to eat three small, well-balance meals each day. You’re not going to be eating much, so what you eat needs to be high quality and packed with nutrients—the biggest nutritional bang for the calories. Your long-term diet will be low in fat and sugar and high in protein.