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​​​​​​​​​​​Nutrition After Surgery

The modifications made to your gastrointestinal tract will require permanent changes in your eating habits. Specific questions about nutrition are best addressed by your physician and your dietitian.

When choosing Floyd Center for Bariatric Services for your weight loss surgery, you will receive nutritional education through classes, individual dietitian consultations and ongoing phone or email support. We will guide you as you learn proper nutrition to fuel your body on your health journey​.

Take a look at what eating looks like after surgery by viewing the diet guidelines.

Key Tips for Success

Following these tips will help you achieve your weight loss goals and limit the complications and side effects that noncompliant patients experience:

  • Chew thoroughly. It is essential that you chew your food completely before swallowing. This helps your body properly digest the small amount of food you will be eating.

  • Do not drink fluids while eating. Fluids will make you feel full before you have consumed enough food or cause you to experience dumping syndrome. Fluids also may cause food to flush through your stomach without being fully digested.

  • Omit traditional desserts and foods in which sugar is one of the first three ingredients.

  • Omit carbonated drinks, high-calorie nutritional supplements, milkshakes and high-fat foods.

  • Avoid alcohol since it is full of empty calories and can upset your stomach.

  • No snacking between meals.

  • Taking vitamin and mineral supplements should be ​part of your daily routine. Supplements are essential and will promote proper healing and long-term health. Specific recommendations may vary to accommodate each patient’s particular health needs.

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