It is important to have a thorough consultation before embarking on weight loss surgery. Both you, the dietician and yourself should understand your dietary habits. It is paramount that you understand how obesity surgery works. You will be detailed about all the available treatment options. You will also be helped to make a decision that suits your needs.
Pre-operative diet (Liver diet)
Why do I need to follow this diet?
With obesity, your liver enlarges in size. If the liver is too big at surgery, it increases the risk of bleeding and injury to your liver. Surgery may have to be abandoned due to a large liver. Therefore it is important to adhere to liver shrinking diet. By following the very low calorie diet, you will help your liver to shed fat. This will enable the liver to be manipulated keep it out of the operative field during surgery.
Liver diet & Diabetes
Since this diet involves decreasing daily intake of calories, your blood sugars can drop to low levels. If you are taking insulin or other medications for diabetes, you may need to decrease the dosage. You will need to consult your doctor to adjust the dose of insulin & diabetic medications while on this pre-operative diet.
What does this involve?
This diet is only recommended for only 2 weeks prior to surgery. The aim is to achieve a daily intake of about 800 – 1000 kcal. It is important to avoid sweets, cakes, chocolates, crisps & sugary drinks. You will be provided with menu suggestions after your consultation with Mr Jayanthi and the dietician.