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What diet should I expect before the gastric sleeve surgery?
What is the diet before gastric sleeve surgery?
Generally, each patient must follow a strict pre-op diet for at least 2 weeks before the surgery. The main purpose of the diet is to decrease the size of the liver. In order to get to the stomach, a surgeon has to retract the liver so that it is not damaged. When the liver is too big and too fatty (and as results disenable getting to the stomach), the surgeon has a right to refuse performing the gastric sleeve surgery. The good news is that the liver is a flexible organ that may shrink quite fast.
The specific diet plan is always made by a dietician individually to each patient, however, it always follows the rules to:
Usually, patients are asked to follow a clear liquid diet for 2 days just before the surgery – this diet may contain broth, water, protein shakes, sugar-free popsicles, or sugar-free Jell-O.
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