Eating after surgery

Below are some common questions about eating after surgery based on the hundreds of people we have treated. If you have any further questions, please arrange a free, no obligation consultation below.

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How will my diet change after surgery?

Whilst surgery is an effective tool that aids weight loss, it will not result in long-term success unless patients adopt positive lifestyle and dietary choices. This highlights the importance of considering the entire care package that comes with surgery, including dietitian and bariatric nurse support. After the initial period of recovery, you will be encouraged to focus on a healthy balanced diet with a focus on fluid and protein targets. Our dietitians will support you throughout this process and talk to you at length before surgery in preparation for surgery.

How often should I eat?

You will be encouraged to be eating little and often throughout the day to ensure that you achieve you nutritional targets for the day. Our dietitians will tailor your programme according to your requirements.

How many calories should I consume?

Calorie consumption is just one aspect of adopting a healthier lifestyle following surgery. Your target will depend heavily on many factors including how active your day-to-day activities and work is. For most people, limiting calorie intake to less than 1000 a day is recommended. This also highlights the importance of ensuring that your nutrients and vitamin requirements are met to maintain a healthy balance for your body.

Can I drink alcohol after surgery?

We recommend that alcohol is avoided for at least 6 months following surgery. Alcohol occupies valuable space in the stomach and contains ’empty calories’ meaning that vitally important nutrition may be avoided.

Can I drink caffeine?

We would advise patients to avoid caffeinated drinks following surgery – particularly in the first month – as caffeine can be an appetite stimulant, result in dehydration and reduce nutrient absorption by the body.

Can I drink fizzy drinks?

Carbonated drinks should be avoided as they have the potential to expand the stomach pouch or sleeve.

Can I eat normal food?

Yes, you will be able to eat normal food after surgery, but in much smaller amounts.

What is Dumping syndrome?

Dumping syndrome is a collection of symptoms that can occur when people who have undergone bariatric surgery, drink or eat foods which are high in refined sugars. Typically, patients feel unwell and can suffer from headaches, dizziness, sweating and diarrhoea.

Whilst many people will suffer the occasional episode of Dumping Syndrome, very rarely these can become frequent enough to require medical treatment. Most of the time, the risk of developing ‘Dumping’ can be minimised by avoiding foods high in refined sugars.

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