It is essential that you have ongoing surgical reviews in the initial 12 months of having gastric banding, not only for band adjustments but to also make sure everything is going as planned.
Post surgery your total food and fluid intake should be between 5000 kilojoules - 6000 kilojoules (1200 - 1500 calories) per day. A daily multi-vitamin is essential.
week 1-2 after surgery will be fluids only - ALL FLUIDS MUST BE ABLE TO BE PASSED THROUGH A STRAW. After surgery when you return to your ward you will be encouraged to drink small amounts of clear fluids (20mls ONLY every 10-15 minutes). This will increase to 1/2 cup (125mls) each hour after 2 days. Fluids may include: thin liquids, water, coffee, tea, diet cordial, clear soups, milk, optifast, protein drinks, sustagen or resource.
Week 3-4 after sugery: a Puree Diet progressing to a soft diet - this while you are still healing from sugery. All meals should be 1/2 cups serves. Eg, scrambled egg, mashed or pureed vegetables, pureed meat, low fat yoghurt, stewed fruit pureed, diet jelly, pureed casseroles etc
Week 5 onwards solid foods (normal diet) - reintroduce foods SLOWLY. Take your time eating, always chew your foods. The aim is to eat your meal from a bread & butter sized plate. Always eat protein and vegetables first at meal time to ensure you don't fill up on less nutritious foods. As your stomach size is now smaller it's essential that the food you do eat is nutritous. Try not to consume beverages and food together to prevent filling up. Meals are around 1/2 cup in size.
Things to buy before surgery which you will find helpful:
1. 50ml medicine cup
2. kitchen measuring cups (especially the 1/2 cup one)
3. A soluble or chewable multi-vitamin
4. A soluble fibre drink (such as metamucil or benefibre)
5. Bariatric Plate to guide portion sizes (you can buy one from www.greatideas.net.au)
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