What diet will I need to maintain following gastric band surgery?

eatRight after gastric band surgery it is key to restrict movements as much as possible, to prevent scar tissue from forming around the band. Solid food should be avoided as it can cause the stomach muscles to squeeze and churn in an attempt to digest the food, which puts pressure on the fresh stitches that are holding the band in place.

First Phase: For the first three to four days the patient should have a clear liquid diet. If the patient fails to do so, it could cause complications, like slippage of the band or band erosion, which would require another surgery to be fixed.

No caffeine is allowed in the first three months after this form of weight loss surgery, so people who regularly drink soda, coffee or tea must re-think their decision to undergo a gastric band surgery. Sodas, both regular and diet, can cause bloating, gas and increased stomach size and therefore should be avoided at all times.

Second Phase: In the next phase, five to six weeks after the operation, the patient can have a modified liquid diet. In this phase the patient should have 2 oz of protein shakes every hour during the day and 2 oz of other liquid food, like baby food or soup.

foodThird Phase: After the six weeks the patient can eat food that has been shredded in a food processor. This can include vegetables, salads and meat. Potatoes, bread and anything full of starch must be avoided. The doctor can alter the length of these phases according to the weight and health requirements of the patient.

Role of Protein: Protein is very important for patients who have undergone gastric band surgery. After the band is placed, the stomach will not be able to hold more than five to six ounce per meal. Therefore in order to stay healthy every bite needs to be full of nutrition. There is no point becoming unhealthy in order to lose weight. Fifty to sixty grams of protein per day is necessary to avoid deficiency of protein, which can cause weakness, loss of hair, delayed healing of wounds and edema. It could also cause depression, anxiety and other mental conditions. Protein levels in your blood can be tested in the lab with the help of serum albumin test.

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