Sleeve gastrectomy is a permanent weight loss surgery option that shrinks a patient’s stomach and helps them lose weight. In order to be fully prepared and get optimal results, it’s important to do the proper research on what to do before and after the procedure.
1. Change your diet. Because a gastric sleeve is such a serious procedure, it is a good idea to prepare the body for living this way. Approximately two weeks before surgery (this timing can change depending on your doctor/starting weight) you need to start an all-liquid diet, in order to shrink your liver and make surgery safer.
2. Change your grocery list. Making sure you can make protein-rich liquid meals for before and after your surgery; it can take a long time before you are able to eat solids. You’ll need a lot of clear soups and broths, skim milk, sugar-free clear jello, and Popsicles.