How long does it take for the liver to shrink....
on 3/25/10 8:14 pm
You can do this. I KNOW it's hard, but just think how good you'll feel after surgery. WLS is not an answer. It's just a tool, so you will still have to monitor all you eat. I put SF candies or gum in my mouth when I was unable to eat. I had swanson broth with taco bell sauce. I has SF pudding and dannon diabetic friendly yogurt. When I was on liquids only, no yogurt of pudding, I managedd, but it wasn't easy.
YOU CAN DO IT. HANG IN THERE
"Fatty liver disease is completely reversible," he says. "If you lose a small amount of weight, you can markedly reduce the fat content in your liver. In fact, even two days of calorie restriction can cause a large reduction in liver fat and improvement in liver insulin sensitivity."
That is correct except if one has had fatty liver of hepatic steatosis long enough to cause fibrosis. Once the liver is fibrotic, it is not reversible. That was the worry with me as I have been over 300 hundred pounds for many years. I was lucky though, no fibrosis and I can completely heal my liver.
To the OP:
I had to lose weight prior to surgery to shrink my liver. My nutritionist recommended a high protein, low fat, low carb diet. I stuck to it like it was life or death and lost 24 pounds in 47 days.
Good luck with the rest of your pre-op diet and your coming surgery.
on 3/26/10 11:19 am
I have seen big, slippery livers in the OR. It is nothing nice and really makes it harder for the surgeons to do laparoscopic procedures.
Try to stick with it. I had to do it too. I know it is tough.
Revised from Band to Bypass 10/26/09
High Wt 355/ Surgery Wt 343 (BMI 61) / Current Wt 190 on 3/17/12
TT/Fleur De Lis 8/22/11
Mastopexy and Brachioplasty 12/14/11
I ask this since I read your post about cheating on your liquid diet and now this post. Have you really thought about the future? Are you sure that you can stick with the diet and suppliments even if you think it is a pain or inconvienent?
I realize that you have not had the surgery yet and you have to control your mind while the Dr does what he can surgically to control your body. Really think about that. You are about to have a major surgery that will change your entire way of life. It will change the way you eat, what you eat, when you eat, how much you eat etc. I just want you to be sure you can do this post op.
I think you need to be concentrating on your future. You need to keep yourself busy and not worry about why others have different requirements. Your dr is treating YOU not others. He is looking out for YOU. If he did not think something was appropriate for YOU he would not require it.
Relax and go with the flow,
enjoy the ride, good luck
on 3/26/11 10:38 am
on 9/25/13 7:06 pm
I AM HAVING MY SURGERY NEXT WEEK I AM EXCITED FOR THIS WHOLE NEW MAKEOVER FOR MY LIFE, ANY TIPS WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
on 10/21/13 11:45 am
I have many of the same thoughts as you guys so it is wonderful that I have found this site. I am having surgery in 8 days and I am totally stressed about the liquid diet. Diet's like this have never worked, but I have never been doing it to shrink my liver for surgery.
And for those who ask, if you can do this before surgery do you really need/want the surgery (I have been asked this myself a few times), not everyone is having this surgery for the sole purpose of losing weight. My reasons are completely different, mine are do to concerns about a hernia and about severe damage to my esophagus. The weight loss is just like a bonus!
on 3/1/14 11:23 am
I know for me, having NASH I have dropped 25% liver fat in 2 months on Optifast. Hard for the first week I would say but getting accustomed to it after was a little easier. Now saying this, I have to agree with a previous poster asking if you can stick to a liquid diet for a few weeks, how will you make significant changes diet wise AFTER the surgery? Being on the liquid diet has made me extremely aware as to what is good and bad. Been on it for 3 months now a s have dropped 55lbs. I am on this for a different reason than WLS. I am a live liver donor for my father and told throughout this process that I have an extremely fatty liver. Starting off weight was 180, now down to 125 and I have 10% more liver fat to loose until surgery. I also have to say that I was on this during Christmas, which led me to be a little unfaithful to the diet for about 2 weeks. So with a little hardwork and big will power, you can get there. And by doing so you will start to condition your body and mind with what food choices are better than others. The way to start is by educating yourself as to how the body works when flushing fat out of your liver. High carbs, high fat and sugar will not help in any way. Eating complex carbs ( carbs from veggies) and lean protein while completely banning sugar may bring your body into ketosis. It takes different amount of carbs and protein ration for everyone. For example, my daily carb intake is 64g, protein, 108g and fat 28g. This puts my body into ketosis. It's actually quite interesting stuff to read up on, our bodies are amazing!