Shrinking liver before surgery

on 5/31/12 6:09 am - IN
RNY on 06/06/12
So yesterday at 4:30 pm as I was walking out of work I get the surgery date is June 6th.  WTH.  I want it, but how will I get my liver to shrink before them?  They said 1200 calories per day until 2 days prior and then clear liquids.  I dont' see how 7 days of dieting is going to help.  Am I freaking out over nothing since my dr. isn't? 

Oh by the way... MY SURGERY IS WEDNESDAY and I'm excited.
on 5/31/12 6:39 am

You're right, to actually shrink your liver would take far longer than 7 days. Most pre-op diets aren't really aimed at 'shrinking' the liver---at best, they exhaust the glycogen stores in the liver, making it less 'slippery' to handle. Any high-protein, low-carb diet will do this in 7 days. Eat lots of meat, avoid bread/rice/pasta/sweets, and you'll be good to go.

Good luck!
on 6/1/12 2:05 am
Thanks Ms Batt - that was good advice and I learned something again on here today.
Jen 10 yrs post op RNY
on 6/1/12 5:09 am
On June 1, 2012 at 9:05 AM Pacific Time, Jenni_9yrspostop wrote:
Thanks Ms Batt - that was good advice and I learned something again on here today.
Jen 10 yrs post op RNY
You're most welcome!  I often learn things from you, too. (I consider a day wasted if I don't learn at least one thing. *grin*)
on 5/31/12 6:44 am
I really don't know, some doctors don't require a pre-op diet at all. I'm having surgery on the 6th as well and I'm on day 5 of my pre-op diet. I would imagine that if your doctor is OK with it, you should be too !

Revised from band to sleeve on June 6th, 2012. Lost 48 pounds on my own in the 4 months prior to revision. 

Neal R.
on 5/31/12 7:18 am - Wylie, TX
My doctor did not even require a pre op diet. He said he had never had any difficulties performing the surgery because of the liver.
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on 5/31/12 7:35 am
My surgeon never requires it and he has performed over 6,000 laparoscopic RNY surgeries. 
on 5/31/12 8:05 am - Rochester, NY
my surgeon didn't require a preop diet either, other then the 24 hours liquid prior.

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Esta F.
on 5/31/12 9:21 am - IL
RNY on 07/25/12
Congrats!  You'll be fine!


on 5/31/12 9:28 pm - IN
RNY on 06/06/12
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