This information is designed for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery such as a gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.
After any bariatric surgery, you will be asked to follow a special diet in order to reduce the possibility of complications. Although it may be tempting to rush or skip stages, food is slowly re-introduced to reduce discomfort, the risk of vomiting but also to give your body time to heal.
There are 4 stages to the food re-introduction. Except for the last stage, keep to each stage for 1 week. If, when you move onto the next stage, it is uncomfortable, trial going back to the previous stage for another 2-3 days and then re-try.
The stages are:
- Fluids only
- Pureed foods
- Soft / Mashable foods
- Normal healthy eating
Nutrition is very important once you have had bariatric surgery. You need to ensure your diet contains sufficient nutrients, vitamins and minerals to live healthily and lose weight in a healthy manner.