Diet

Once you have insurance approval or have secured finances the pre-operative diet, educational class, surgery date and two-week, follow-up visit will be scheduled.

Pre-Operative Diet – It has been found that even a modest weight loss prior to surgery will help shrink the liver up to 25%. This reduction can make a significant difference in the ease of the operation for Dr. Hansen. Modest weight loss will improve blood sugar control and blood pressure stabilization. We have a simplistic diet outline for you. There is not a mandatory amount of weight to lose but the more the better. We ask you to start your diet two weeks before your surgery date. This will be a calorie counting diet. The number of calories is based on your BMI. These are food items suggestions that will help you during your pre-op diet. There are other options but the following is our suggestion.

Pre-Operative Menu Suggestions

  • Protein Drink

    About 200 calories, 5-6 g fat, 15 g protein, 2-5 g fiber
    Examples: Slim-Fast high protein, Slim-Rite high protein, EAS carb control, Lite Muscle Milk, Premier Nutrition Protein Shake (Costco)

  • Protein Bar

    About 200 calories, 5-6 g fat, 15 g protein, 2-5 g fiber
    Examples: Slim-Fast high protein, Slim-Fast meal options, South Beach Diet meal replacement, South Beach Diet high protein cereal bars, EAS Advantedge, EAS Myoplex lite, Pria, Special K protein, Curves, Kashi TLC, MD Diet

  • Frozen Dinner

    Between 200-400 calories, 5-6 g fat, 15 g protein, 2-5 g fiber
    Examples: Healthy Choice, South Beach, Weight Watchers (Smart Ones), Lean Cuisine, Michelina’s Lean Gourmet

  • Water

    At least 64 oz/day

  • In Addition

    Multi-Vitamin
    Calcium
    Fiber