MY 2 week pre-op diet isn't liquids only- anyone else?
Just started my 2 week pre-op diet, and started looking around these forums... I only saw people did liquid pre-op diets. I know I can't be the only one eating food!
Who else? My diet guidelines are from the dietitian in my surgeon's office. I have to get a minimum of 70 grams of protein and maximum of 30 grams of carbs each day. There are a couple other details, but that's basically it. I switch to clear liquids 24-hours before surgery.
Excited- 2 weeks to go!!
My surgeon called her pre-op diet a "fast". I do not think that word means what she thinks it means... ;)
I was to drink 2-3 protein shakes per day, plus one "healthy" meal. I could also have "healthy" snacks during the day if I was struggling with too much hunger. "Healthy" meant low fat, low sugar, with emphasis on lean meats and non-starchy veggies. However, she didn't impose any carb or calorie restrictions.
So no, you aren't the only one, and the pre- and post-op instructions vary from surgeon to surgeon. Don't go looking for logical consistency!! ;)
Good luck, you're going to do great!
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I was put on a 1000 calorie high protein/low fat, low carb diet pre op. Lots of salad, skinless chicken and fi**** was supposed to be for a month but the surgeon had an opening in her schedule so I didn't do it for a whole month as planned. Maybe it's because I didn't have a fatty liver?
Some of the people in my pre op group meeting who had the same surgeon where put on full liquid diets. Might it have to do with the person's starting weight or amount of abdominal fat?
What you are noticing is called "adverse selection" and is quite common on internet forums - people with negative experiences (like having to do 2-3 weeks or more of liquid dieting) will readily post about them while those with positive or nominal experiences have little to post, so the impression gets skewed. Check out forums on your favorite car or whatever, it will seem like "everyone" is having problems that actually only affect maybe an unlucky 5%.
Functionally, what your doctor and dietician is doing is all that is needed to get what benefit can be attained in a relatively short time - a low carb diet to improve liver condition prior to surgery; an all liquid diet doesn't provide any additional benefit but some docs do them for their own reasons. And, as Cecily indicates, many programs don't do any pre-op diet at all beyond the usual day before surgery thing. We just don't hear a lot about them as there is little for people to complain about.
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Mine was also one week with 2 protein shakes, one low calorie/high protein meal, and one low-fat cheese-stick as a snack. I was a "lightweight" going into surgery (had already lost 34 pounds pre-op). Though this is their usual pre-op diet, I got the impression that the requirements (and possibly even the pre-op diet) could vary depending on starting weight.
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