- Immediately after bariatric surgery, the patient is restricted to a clear liquid diet, which includes food such as clear broth, diluted fruit juices or sugar-free gelatine desserts. This diet is continued until the gastrointestinal tract has partially recovered from the surgery. Diet is to be strictly followed and will be tailor-made for each patient
- Food is to be chewed thoroughly before swallowing.
- Avoid dessert or sugary items, carbonated drinks, high fat food and high fibre food.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking.
- Limit snacking between meals.
2. Return to work
- This depends on the nature of work and associated co-morbid conditions.
- Most patients return to work after a week and full activity within six weeks of the procedure.
3. Birth control and pregnancy
- Preferable to avoid pregnancy for 12-18 months after the surgery
- The reason is pregnancy places additional demands on the body.
4. Long term follow-up
- Nutritional deficiencies may occur over the course of many years after surgery.
- Anaemia, vitamin B-12 deficiency, reduced folate and iron levels can occur.
- Follow-up with surgeon and blood tests are required:
- Every month for 6 months
- Every 3 months over the next 6 months
- At least every 6 months during the second year
- Long term bi-annually or at least once a year
- It is important to attend periodic support group meetings to remain committed to weight loss