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Recovery takes effort. The diet is strict. Your body is trying to heal. Your weight is beginning to adjust. The recovery stage of the process becomes easier once you start to see positive changes. The timing varies by patient. Some patients begin to lose pounds within days of their surgery. For others, a couple of months go by before they see noticeable weight loss. With courage and a circle of support, you will make it through recovery and start to do things like never before.

¿Qué debo hacer para tener éxito después de la cirugía?

  • Immediately after bariatric surgery, review the dietary instructions received in preoperative education.
  • Begin liquid diet, and after a period of time, move on to semisolid foods. When deemed appropriate, patients can begin eating solid foods.
  • Ease slowly into a solid-food diet to allow time for proper healing of your new stomach pouch.
  • Cuando el paciente pueda ingerir alimentos sólidos, deberá comer de dos a tres comidas al día.
  • Recommended sources of protein are lean meats (chicken, turkey, and fish), lean ground beef, and other low-fat sources.
  • To help avoid dumping syndrome, you may want to cook foods without using fat and season food to taste.
  • Eating between meals is often not suggested. Drinking flavored beverages, even diet soda, between meals is not suggested.
  • Staying hydrated with plenty of water is generally recommended. Avoid caffeine until 64 ounces of water can be consumed in a day.
  • Exercise aerobically every day for at least 20 minutes.

¿Qué pasa si no tengo hambre después de la cirugía bariátrica?
Normal not to have an appetite for the first four to six months after bariatric surgery. Continue to drink liquids, and contact your bariatric surgeon or primary care physician if you are having trouble eating two to three meals a day.

¿Hay alguna dificultad para tomar medicamentos?
Most pills or capsules are small enough to pass through the new stomach pouch. At first, your doctor may suggest that medications be taken in crushed or liquid form. As a general rule, ask your surgeon before taking whole pills/capsules if they are bigger than a small peanut. Some liquid medications (sorbitol, maltitol, xylitol) may cause dumping syndrome because of their excessive alcohol sugar content.

¿Cuánto tiempo estaré sin alimentos sólidos después de la cirugía bariátrica?
Most bariatric surgeons recommend a period of four weeks or more without solid foods after bariatric surgery. A liquid diet, followed by semisolid foods, may be recommended for a period of time until necessary healing has occurred. Your surgeon will provide you with specific dietary guidelines.

¿Por qué no puedo comer bocadillos entre comidas?
Snacking usually involves high-calorie and high-fat foods. This can add hundreds of calories a day to your diet, possibly slowing your weight loss or even leading to weight gain. Snacking and uncontrolled eating may lead to less success with long-term weight loss.

¿Cuáles son las mejores opciones de proteínas?
Best choices include eggs, low-fat cheese, low-fat cottage cheese, tofu, fish, other seafood, chicken (dark meat), turkey (dark meat), lean ground beef, canned low-fat meats (tuna or canned white chicken), and thinly sliced deli meats.

¿Cómo puedo estar segura de que estoy comiendo suficiente proteína?
Most experts suggest 30 to 65 grams of protein a day. Check with your surgeon to find the right amount for your type of surgery. Too much protein is not beneficial, as it is used as a calorie source instead of protein for the body. Not having enough protein will result in fatigue. Without protein supplements, the average protein intake is 20 to 30 grams a day from regular food alone. Some programs recommend protein supplements, while other programs do not.

¿Podré comer alimentos "picantes" o condimentados?
La mayoría de los pacientes pueden disfrutar de alimentos picantes después de los primeros seis meses posteriores a la cirugía.

¿Recibiré una lista de patrones de alimentación y alimentos sugeridos después de la cirugía?

Surgeons provide patients with materials that clearly will describe a suggested diet and dietary expectations. After surgery, health and weight loss depend on following these guidelines. You must do your part by limiting high-calorie foods, avoiding sugar, snacks, and fats, and strictly following the diet set by your surgeon.


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