Weight Loss Team

Frequently Asked Questions about Preparing for Bariatric Surgery

What are the preop diet and balloon exercises, and do I need to do them?

Each diet is designed by a team of nutritionists and Dr. Hidalgo, and it is important to follow the preop diet so that you reduce your chances of having complications during the surgery. A sample preop diet may consist of: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner should be low-calorie protein shakes or Non-fat yogurt. You may go to a health store and look for a low-calorie high protein shake. The rest of the day or if you are still hungry at mealtime you can have clear liquids, vegetables, and protein. You should drink about 8 glasses of water or more a day. And Jell-O the low-calorie kind is a clear liquid. Other clear liquids are beef and chicken broth, apple and grape juice, nonfat milk, and cranberry juice.

Preparing for Bariatric Surgery

Gerald begins preparing for bariatric surgery two weeks before the procedure. Consisting of clear liquids, lean protein, and vegetables, the pre-bariatric surgery diet not only clears the digestive system, but also helps prepare patients for their diet after surgery. 

Should I stop my medications before surgery?

Some anti-inflammatory medications make bleeding more of a problem and if they can be discontinued without too much discomfort a week or two preoperatively it is desirable.

Should my bowel be cleaned out before surgery?

Some surgeons believe that a ‘bowel prep’ decreases constipation after surgery and makes managing a colon injury safer. In our experience colon injury is extremely rare and constipation is not a post-surgical problem. Therefore the doctors do not recommend cleaning out the bowel prior to surgery.

Can I have a hysterectomy at the same time?

We do routine pelvic ultrasounds in patients who have not previously had a total hysterectomy. When the findings indicate the need a gynecologic surgeon may scrub in and do the appropriate surgery at the same time as the bypass.

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If you have more questions about preparing for bariatric surgery, contact our office online or call (866) 542-0744 today.

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