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on 6/15/04 6:54 pm - Milwaukee, WI
How long did you have to go on a liquid diet before surgery? I was expecting 2 weeks, but was informed by the dietitan today that it will be 3 weeks. That seems like a long time. It's 4 weeks until my surgery. I only have a week left. LOL I know it's silly, but I have a twinge of mourning. Oh, I'll have to do 2 weeks of liquid post op too. Denise
Rosalind G.
on 6/15/04 7:52 pm - La Cañada Flintridge, CA
Did the dietitian say why a liquid diet is required? This part of the pre-op menu is something I've somehow missed. Just thinking about it makes me hungry. But how exciting you're so close! Roz
on 6/16/04 7:59 am - Milwaukee, WI
Hi Roz, They say it's to shrink your liver. Thinking of being so close is the only way I'll be able to get through it! Denise
Dana W.
on 6/15/04 8:24 pm - Chesterfield, MI
Hi Denise! I am not sure what your dietician is telling you, but why not ask your surgeon? Won't it be his guidelines you are/will follow? Or did he refer you to your dietician? I don't know, but it sounds CRAZY to me. The only pre-op diet I had was a liquid diet the day before surgery. ONE DAY. After surgery, I was on a liquid diet of broth and jello for I think a day and a supper that 2nd day included mashed potatoes and gravy and some pureed chicken noodle soup. So at that point I was on a "soft foods only diet." When I was released from the hospital, day 5 I was eating pasta, jello, mashed potatoes, banannas, watermelon, strawberries...soft foods. I started eating more because I was starving, not because my doctor recommended at like 8 days. I started eating tuna fish and chicken. At my 2 week appointment my doctor said that I could start adding that chicken and fish that I had already started on. I am 3 1/2 weeks out and I can eat ANYTHING. I mean, the taco bell I tried gave me a good case of gas, but I ate it without getting "sick." Of course, I ate very little. My son had his 11th birthday last weekend (I was just 3 weeks out) and we went to the fair. I had a bit of cake, a spoonful of strawberry ice cream at his party, a few bites of corn on the cob, some nacho chips and mexicali dip and I even had a couple sour cream and onion potatoe the fair...I tried a couple bites of cotton candy, a bite of pizza and even bought myself a baby chocolate ice cream cone (which I had to have my mother keep licking for me as if I were 3) and the majority of it ended up on my shirt because I just couldn't eat it as fast as ice cream cones need to be eaten on warm summer days. I wouldn't recommend to anyone, let alone a DSer to eat like this but it was a special day packed with "fun" food and I was feeling pretty good and decided that a bite or two couldn't hurt. I am sure most would not recommend this either, but I am just trying to tell you that if at 3 weeks out I can eat ANYTHING, I have no idea why you would need to be on a liquid diet for 2 weeks after. I know that some doctors recommend a soft food diet for quite a while, but liquids seems extreme to me. The ONLY thing I have not tried is salads...but I plan on doing that as soon as I am able to eat a bit more at one time. I also probably eat a bit differently than most. I do not eat meals. I eat a few to several bites or a handful or dixie cup full of something every couple of hours throughout the day. I would double check. Four weeks of liquid diet seems like undue torture to me. Best of luck! Dana 5/21/04 241/219
on 6/16/04 8:06 am - Milwaukee, WI
I know!! It is torture! After the 2 weeks post-op liquid, I get to graduate to soft. yeah! lol
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on 6/15/04 9:49 pm - San Jose, CA
Yup, one day for me too -- I would SERIOUSLY object to this unnecessary torture. Take it up directly with your surgeon -- there's no need for this, as far as I know. Someone asked Dr. Robert Rabkin about this last week in his big support group meeting and he said he thought even the "shrinking the liver" theory was unproven and not believable. As he put it -- "nobody goes in and scopes the patient 10 days before surgery, looks at the liver, and then puts them on a liquid diet so he can compare how much the liver shrunk." I say "BAH" on your dietician. Diana
on 6/16/04 9:11 am - Milwaukee, WI
I agree! But she is just following the directions from the surgeon. That's why I wanted to find out what others had to do. If I go to him, he'll just reiterate what she told me. I guess I'm a little scared to make waves. Everything has went so well for me up until this point. I don't want the wls gods getting upset. If it really shrinks my liver, therfore making the surgery smoother, I say "whatever it takes". If it's just unnecessary torture, then I say "WHY!!". I like what Dr. Rabkin said. It's true, that don't compare before and after.
on 6/15/04 10:48 pm
One day pre-op for me too. When I was released from the hosp my surgeon said take a bite of anything you want. If you don't get sick it's OK to eat it. Some diet plan! But it worked OK for me and I never got sick.
on 6/16/04 9:15 am - Milwaukee, WI
Wow! Only one day....I'm jelous. I won't eat solid food for like six whole weeks straight. Soft 2 weeks after surgery.
on 6/16/04 4:58 am - Austin, TX
My surgeon has us on a liquid diet 2 days before surgery and then a clear liquid diet the day before surgery. Also on the day before surgery he makes us take magnesium citrate.. eww. lol I have Dr. Keshishian in Delano. 3 weeks is an awfully long time. I think I might die, especially with my pre-op tummy. lol Well ok, I wouldn't die, but boy would I be HUNGRY. Like the others said, ask your surgeon about this ... and if he agrees with the dietician and says 3 or 2 weeks and you can't handle it, don't tell him you ate normally up until a day or two before surgery. How would he ever know anyways? I know, bad advice lol Sorry guys... Lisa
on 6/16/04 5:36 am - Greensboro, NC
I was on a liquid diet 5 days before the surgey and 1 day before was on clear liquids. Then I was on liquid for about 1 1/2 weeks after the surgery. Did not eat food in the hospital at all, only water after the 2nd day. I am 8 weeks out and I can eat just about anything I want, including salad. However, breads and tortillia's are not very pleasing to my stomach. I can eat them, just not but a couple bites. Toni Bowen M&M/DS - 20 April 2004 – BMI = 54 285/249/135 -23 lbs - 20 May 2004
on 6/16/04 9:26 am - Milwaukee, WI
Your program sounds a little more manageable. I'm glad you are doing so well. Denise
on 6/16/04 9:21 am - Milwaukee, WI
I have to do clear liquids 2 days before surgery. The only trade off I have is....NO BOWEL PREP!! yeah! Lisa, you're funny! Some times I like the bad advice. I don't know if I can make it. I'll try really hard, but if something happens to accidentally fall in to my mouth..... Denise
on 6/16/04 8:35 am - Boise, ID
Hi Denise. When I first read this, I agreed with the others--pooh pooh on the 2 week liquid diet, but after checking your profile and seeiing that your bmi is 70.6, I can understand why the nutritionist and/or surgeon wants you to do this. Your bmi is very high, which puts you at higher risk than most bariatric patients. Any weight loss before surgery will definitely be beneficial to you and your surgeon, but I don't know if I could do it. Two weeks is a very long time with a pre-op tummy. The hunger pangs will be intense. If you can do it, Sweetie, I think it would be best. Just think of it as temporary. You can do anything for 2 weeks. It's only 2 weeks out of your life. And when this is all over, you'll be on the road to a slim and healthy body. God bless you as you go through these last few weeks. I'll be thinking of you. Brenda
on 6/16/04 9:35 am - Milwaukee, WI
Hi Brenda, I know that any weight loss now will help. It's 3 weeks not 2. I guess it just seems extra long. I'm going to try very hard. I can do it!! (being positive) I did Optifast years ago and didn't east for 3 whole months. I guess the extra week shocked me. I wasn't prepared for it. Then 2 weeks post-op of liquids. I can eat soft foods in 5 weeks. It just seems like a long time. You are right, in the end it will be all worth it. thank you, Denise
Melissa Mermaid
on 6/16/04 11:18 am - Westbury, NY
DS on 11/19/04 with
It doesn't sound very drastic, D ... But ultimately you should have the last laugh. Good luck and God bless ... Lots of prayers and huge {{{HUGS}}}
on 6/17/04 12:08 pm - Milwaukee, WI
I will have the last laugh....I'll be a better, healthier person for it. Thanks for the encouragement. I now send you all the prayers and {{{hugs}}} back to you. I know how much they help. Hope you are having a good day!
Ola W.
on 6/16/04 11:51 am - Elkland, PA
Denise, My sympathies are with you.... Been there done that. Only I have had to do that to lose weight. Just think that this is what your doctor believes in, and each day you stay with this is one less day you have to continue with it. You are so lucky to be so close to your surgery, and have a good attitude to boot. Keep on track and success will be yours! Love, Ola
on 6/17/04 12:37 pm - Milwaukee, WI
Thanks Ola, I'm going to stay the course and do this! You are right...I am blessed to be so close, when so many others still have to fight. I try to keep a good attitude. It helps to have the support of everyone here. Denise
Rosalind G.
on 6/16/04 7:26 pm - La Cañada Flintridge, CA
Hi again, Denise, I just read your profile and am so glad that you didn't have to go through a long and difficult insurance nightmare. You can do this liquid diet thing. You really can. You've already suffered so long. It may not be the easiest challenge you've ever faced, but, oh, think how wonderful it will be! In just a very few days you'll wake up and march--maybe hobble depending on the weather--into that hospital, go to sleep, and wake up again ON THE OTHER SIDE and in a few more days, you'll for joy! Warmly, Roz