Bariatric surgery is a rather important event in the way of weight loss, to which patients should be treated as a new beginning. Morbid obesity is a chronic disease, and no surgery, diet or medication can be quickly cured. The operation, together with the subsequent care and moderate lifestyle changes can give remarkable results regarding weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.

Nutrition (food and nutritional supplements) and liquids

For postoperative weeks, the surgeon will assign you a nutrition and action plan. As a rule, this plan provides for a liquid diet for a certain period, followed by soft or pureed food, and finally ordinary food. During the first months of recovery, it is especially difficult to drink enough liquid.  In the case of gastric bypass, bariatric surgery hospitals in India advice the patient to have daily taking of nutritional supplements, which include:

·         Multivitamins;

·         Vitamin D;

·         Calcium;

·         Iron;

·         Vitamin B.

A selection of healthy foods and a healthy lifestyle will improve the quality of life after surgery. Protein-rich food is needed, and, taking into account your medical condition, type of operation and daily activity, it is recommended to consume 60–100 g of protein per day. You should certainly avoid eating large amounts of carbohydrates, in particular products containing starch (bakery products, pasta, crackers, and other refined cereal carbohydrates), as well as sweet products (cookies, cakes, sweets, etc.).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What vitamins and minerals will need to be taken after bariatric surgery?

A: Multivitamins, calcium along with vitamin D, in some cases also iron and vitamin B12. Sometimes, in the case of a violation of the absorption of nutrients, vitamin A is also required. Chewing tablets are preferred, especially immediately after surgery.

Q: How much protein should I eat per day?

A: Most patients consume 60–80 g of proteins per day, but some of them may need more relying on the type of operation and the body’s response to the operation.

Q: Can I take a daily amount of protein at a time?

A: The amount of protein taken per day should be divided between meals and (healthy) snacks. The body is not able to absorb more than 30 grams of protein at a time. Also, proteins are nutrients that prolong the feeling of satiety. If every meal and every snack contains proteins, then the probability of a feeling of hunger in the intervals between meals decreases.

Q: What form should proteins be used in?

A: There are many options, including for those who have specific desires and needs for food. The common sources of protein are meat, eggs, dairy products, and beans. Protein shakes and bars also help you get the right amount of protein. Over time, the share of regular food, and with it, the absorption of nutrients from ordinary food, increases, and the need for food additives is reduced.

Q: Should coffee be avoided after bariatric surgery?

A: Coffee should be avoided for 30 days after bariatric surgery in Delhi, as the stomach is sensitive after it. After this period, you can use the coffee according to the instructions of the surgeon or nutritionist.

Q: Why should I drink liquid?

A: Dehydration is one of the most common causes of re-hospitalization. Dehydration occurs when your body does not receive enough fluid to function properly. Always carry a bottle of water, especially outside the home. Try to drink a few sips, even if you still do not feel thirsty. Symptoms of dehydration are thirst, headache, constipation, and dizziness when you get up or sit down.