There are many lap band pre-surgery diet options, but one common diet recommendation is to help the liver shrink. A smaller liver helps the surgeon perform the surgery easily. If the liver is too large, the surgery may have to be postponed. Below is a diet recommended by one of our network hospitals before a lap band surgery:
Pre-Lap Band Surgery Diet Recommendation
A low-fat/carb diet is recommended about 7-10 days before gastric band surgery. A liquid diet may be too drastic and may drain the person’s energy. About two weeks before surgery, you need to start on a special diet that is low in fat and carbohydrates. It is important to follow this diet because you need to lose fat around your stomach and around your liver and reduce the size of your liver. In general, it is recommended that you limit your intake of high fat, high carbohydrates and high sugar foods.
No carbonated drinks and no alcohol at least seven days before surgery. This is the recommended diet:
Breakfast * One serving of any two of the following: (toast, eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, fruits, or cereal).
Lunch * One serving of Myocel (or any protein supplement providing about 20-25 grams of protein per serving) mixed with skim milk, water, or fruit juice.
Dinner * One serving of lean meat or fish (pork, beef, chicken or fish) and one serving of green vegetables (lettuce, broccoli, etc.)
Dessert * One serving of Myocel mixed with skim milk, water, fruit juice, or any high protein, low carb drink. If you smoke, we recommend you stop at least two weeks before the surgery.