Gastric Banding Diet

After gastric banding surgery, it is important to follow dietary guidelines to assure proper healing and adequate nutrition. The pouch that is created by the gastric band needs time to heal, so you must sip fluids slowly and avoid getting overly full. Once your pouch has healed, you will continue to keep portion sizes small to maintain your weight loss. You will progress through the following phases of diet after surgery:

  1. Liquid diet. For the first two weeks following surgery, you will consume only liquids. For one to two days after surgery, you will sip only clear liquids. Clear liquids include diluted apple juice, chicken or beef broth, sugar-free gelatin and artificially sweetened, non-carbonated beverages. If you tolerate clear liquids without difficulty, you may add full liquids to your diet. Full liquids include low-fat, creamed soup, protein shakes, milk, yogurt and sugar-free pudding. Most people require two high-protein supplements daily. Our dietitian will calculate your individual protein needs and provide examples of how to achieve your protein needs. It is important to avoid carbonated beverages, which may cause gas, bloating and pain.
  2. Pureed diet. You will puree your foods for approximately two weeks. Your meals will be small and should focus on high-protein foods.
  3. Diet maintenance. By five to six weeks after surgery, you will incorporate foods with more texture to your diet. You will chew your foods thoroughly, avoiding tough meats, fibrous vegetables and breads. Your diet should include low-fat proteins, fruits and vegetables, healthy carbohydrates and heart-healthy fats.

Bariatric surgery requires a lifelong commitment of following dietary guidelines, vitamin and mineral supplement regimes and lifestyle changes to maintain your weight loss. And the weight loss team at Jeanes works with you every step of the way.

To register for a free informational seminar or to make an appointment for a consultation with a bariatric surgeon at Jeanes, click here or call 215-728-CARE (2273).


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