Metro Bariatrics - Amir Moazzez MD, FACS

Pre-Surgical Diet

Inova Bariatric has established a pre surgical protocol to help prepare our patients for bariatric surgery. Our pre surgical protocol consists of a full meal replacement dietary regimen to promote pre surgical weight loss and improve bariatric surgical outcomes. Pre surgical weight loss can promote physiological improvements, and help stabilize comorbid conditions prior to surgery. Potential benefits of preoperative weight loss include:

Inova Bariatric currently uses Bariatric Advantage High Protein Meal Replacement products pre surgical diet for a minimum of two weeks prior to your surgery date. This regimen is recommended and encouraged for ALL bariatric patients due to the increasing positive surgical outcomes of patients using Bariatric Advantage High Protein Meal Replacement products.

Our group offers a preoperative diet plan customized to each patients individual needs. The current price for the two week program is #300. This cost includes ALL of a patients food requirements for the entire two weeks prior to surgery, educational material, and diet instruction. Our surgeons and nutritionist will discuss pre surgical diet recommendations with each patient individually, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

At your initial visit well before the surgery, it is strongly recommended that you change your diet to include only the following four food groups:

1. Protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, or soy-based products (tofu)
2. Vegetables
3. Fruits
4. Small amounts of high-fiber starches (such as whole wheat wraps or bread)

You should not eat anything that does not fall into the above four categories. For example, muffins, bagels, donuts, candy, rice, pasta or potatoes do not qualify as part of the four food groups above. Furthermore, none of your beverages can contain any sugars or calories. Fruit juice consumption is not recommended.

Having weight loss surgery does not mean you will no longer have to diet. And you should not think of life after surgery as dieting.

A diet usually means a temporary change in the way you eat or the food you ingest. Rather, you should think of it as a permanent change in the way you eat and the kind of foods you select. This operation is meant to help you limit your food intake by reducing your feelings of hunger.

Weight loss is still your responsibility. You must consume fewer calories than you burn in order to lose weight after surgery. The dietary restrictions after surgery will appear to be more rigorous than any other dietary program you’ve tried previously.