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Coping with Last Meal Syndrome before weight-loss surgery

Coping with Last Meal Syndrome before weight-loss surgery

As a weight-loss surgery patient, you’re probably already familiar with the concept of “Last Meal Syndrome.” Last Meal Syndrome is what many dieters and bariatric patients experience prior to going on any weight-loss diet, and allows them the freedom to indulge in their favorite foods before times of restriction. In the days before your weight-loss surgery, you might be tempted to experience Last Meal Syndrome one final time, but there are a number of other factors you must take into consideration if you’re consumed with thoughts about your “last meal.”

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How do I prepare for bariatric surgery?

Patients often wonder if there is anything they need to purchase or prepare before undergoing surgery. While the Lap-Band is a simple laparoscopic procedure, and recovery does not require any special equipment or materials, making some preparations in your kitchen and other areas of your home can help you get through the challenging first few weeks after surgery.

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How to get through your pre-op diet

Before you undergo LAP-BAND® surgery, your bariatric surgeon will place you on a pre-op diet to prepare your body for surgery and increase your chances for a successful outcome. The purpose of the pre-op diet is to reduce your body’s physical dependence on unhealthy foods and to boost your nutritional intake through eating a higher amount of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products.

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Pre-op diet for LAP-BAND surgery

In the weeks leading up to your Lap-Band surgery, your doctor may require you to start a special pre-surgery diet. Your Lap-Band pre-op diet is different than the medically supervised diet that may be required by your insurance company. Even if you don’t have insurance, your doctor may ask you to go on a special diet to help you lose weight and make the surgery safer. The specific requirements for your pre-surgical diet will depend on your individual doctor’s requests.

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Preparing your kitchen for LAP-BAND surgery

Immediately following LAP-BAND® surgery, your bariatric surgeon will place you on a strict diet so your body can adjust safely and healthily to the band itself. For the first few days after surgery, you’ll be restricted to liquids only. After the post-surgical liquid diet phase, you’ll eventually move on to thicker liquids such as soup and soft foods until your stomach has become completely healed and adjusted to the band.

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