I know a lot of surgeries are coming up this summer, and it’s normal to feel anxious or nervous! Knowing what you’ll be eating, and how you might be feeling in the first couple of weeks can help ease some of those concerns. So here’s a short list of what you might feel and a short list of full liquid ideas to keep you going in those first few days after your bariatric surgery.
Tips on staying comfortable:
- Get up and walk ASAP. This will help with gas pains, and help prevent blood clots.
- Hold a pillow tight against your abdomen when getting up, sneezing, laughing, etc.
- Sleep in a semi-sitting position. This is usually more comfortable then laying flat.
- Take pain medicine EXACTLY how it was prescribed! If you try to tough it out, or not take it the way your are supposed to, it is harder to manage pain.
- Take it easy. You just had major surgery, now is not the time to clean the house, work in the garden, etc. Walk, walk, walk, but give yourself plenty of rest time too.
- Follow your surgeons instructions! This is so important. It’s easy to feel like you can do something/eat something more than they say, and it almost never works out.
Tips on eating:
- Some good full liquids-tomato soup, pureed split pea, protein shakes, plain fat free Greek yogurt, sugar free pudding and jello, protein gelatin, low fat chicken broth and sugar free Popsicle.
- Sip, sip, sip all day long. Your pouch doesn’t hold much, so it’s so important to drink enough to stay hydrated.
- Don’t run out and buy a big container of protein. If you don’t like it, you’ll have wasted a lot of money. Try to get single serving pouches until you find a favorite.
- If you’re lactose intolerant, try unsweetened almond or soy milk. The milk will really help you get your protein in during the first couple of weeks!
Please remember, these are just some suggestions I found to work for me. Always follow what your doc and NUT tell you! Happy healing!