Which pre-op "liver shrinking diet" do/did you use?

Cynthia L.
on 3/7/08 10:34 am, edited 3/7/08 10:45 am - Clarence, NY

What are the pros and cons of it? Thanks.

-Cynthia

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LizWilcox
on 3/7/08 10:42 am - Colorado Springs, CO
RNY on 01/22/07 with
Not sure what you are referring to?  Do you mean pre-op diet that you need to be on so you shrink your liver?  Or do you mean what diets did we all try in order to show we had tried for x number of months? My surgeon does not prescribe a pre-op diet to his patients unless it is to shrink the liver. And I'm not sur what it consists of because I didn't have to do one.

Cynthia L.
on 3/7/08 10:43 am - Clarence, NY

I'm sorry, I should have been more specific.

Yes, I'm talking about the diet to shrink the liver or just to shrink in general, that many surgeons put people on, prior to the surgery.

-Cynthia 

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zorra51954
on 10/18/10 8:57 am
I start my diet to shrink liver Oct. 25th.  I will be on it for two weeks before surgery.  It is a liquid diet.  I am more than ready for it.  It is called New Direction which was purchased through the doctors office.  I pray this surgery goes through.  My health is bad.  Last year I got diagnosed with hypertensive heart disease, COPD, CHF, I have had high blood pressure for years.  Now because of being obese for so long, it has caused every symptom I have now.  
I had a nissen fundoplication which came undone two years ago.  But because of this past surgery, the doctor says he may go in and not be able to complete the surgery.  Those words stress me out so much.  One, because I had a an open nissen, which there might be a lot of scar tissue, Two: because of the position now of my stomach.  Even though the nissen came undone it may be laying in an awkward position.  I am told I am seeing the best surgeon in my area.  So that gives me great comfort.  Anyone here have any problems with prior surgeries that could have made the doctor decide not to do the surgery?  I can't be the only one who has had a nissen fundoplication.  
suzanne777123
on 3/7/08 10:56 am - Bristol, RI
RNY on 06/14/06 with
I just counted calories and ate less (I tried to stay at 1400 calories/day) and it worked.   I had rough patches but all in all I lost 26 pounds in the 3 months before surgery (I was 368 at highest). Suzanne
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DeblovesJohn
on 3/7/08 11:02 am - Anytown, SC
My surgeon said to follow the Atkins plan for 12 days pre-surgery.  Focused me on protein foods.  Deb
The Contessa
on 3/7/08 11:17 am
I'm curious as to the percentage of patients who are required to follow such a diet pre-op. I wasn't required to do such a diet. I was required to do 24 hrs. before surgery, clear liquids -- that was it.

Jean M.
on 3/7/08 11:18 am
Revision on 08/16/12 with

Cynthia, I had to do a minimum of 4 weeks (I did 5) of a 1200-cal/day, low-sodium, low-fat diet, then 3 days of clear liquids.  I hated it, but it was better than being on liquids for 2 weeks the way some surgeons require.  I lost 19.5 lbs on the 1200-cal/day deal, then gained back 2 lbs on the clear liquids. I don't know the pros/cons of it.  I wasn't given any options.  I just followed my nutritionist's instructions. Jean

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Jean M.
on 3/7/08 11:20 am
Revision on 08/16/12 with

Cynthia, I should add that I do know 2 pros of any liver-shrinking diet. 1) it shrinks the size of your liver so it is less likely to be in your surgeon's way during surgery 2) it reduces the slipperiness of the liver so it is easier to maneuver during surgery Jean

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Clirishu
on 3/7/08 11:26 am - LA
My doctor uses a protein shake, lean meat, and vegatable regimine you have to follow.  For most pre-op patients, they follow it for two weeks.  For me, a little longer because they want me to lose some weight before surgery.   Because the diet allows for two meals during the day alongside the protein shakes, I don't feel like I am missing out as much as I would feel if I was strictly on protein shakes and liquids.  I just keep telling myself this is a means to an end.  It has worked so far!  Just better have lost some weight when I go weigh on March 20th.