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Need to shrink my liver.....fast!!!

Started by marieze, Jan 28, 2008 6:14 AM
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41 replies to this topic


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Posted January 28, 2008 - 6:14 AM

Surgery is in 2 1/2 weeks. Haven't been doing the diet the surgeon gave me. I told her that looked awful and she just said, "don't gain any more weight between now and the surgery". I haven't been paying attention and might have gained some; i'm not sure.

Tomorrow I want to do what I need to do to get on track. They only require a liquid diet 24 hours before surgery. Liquids only one week post-op then mushies. They seem liberal compared to others.

What is the fastest way to shrink my liver? Low carb? Low Fat? Low Calorie?

Any suggestions?



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Posted January 28, 2008 - 6:21 AM

I was only required to do a low carb , high Protein 2 weeks prior to my surgery and my doc said my liver was fine as far as the shrinking went.
But if I were you i would start following your docs advice now or you might risk not getting the surgery !


    Junior Guru

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Posted January 28, 2008 - 6:34 AM

My doc had me do 2 weeks of 2 Protein shakes and 2 lean meat/green veggie/fruit meals per day.....it came out to about 1,000 calories a day. I have a history of having a very enlarged liver and I lost 13 pounds on the pre-op diet but he was barely able to still do the surgery. This is just me personally though. Most people who do a 2 week pre-op diet shrink their livers fine. Mine is just always enlarged.


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Posted January 28, 2008 - 2:56 PM

Mine requires 10 days of full liquids befoere surgery. Full liquids include cream Soups strained, sugar free fat free puddings, yogurt and all Clear Liquids.



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Posted January 28, 2008 - 5:02 PM

My date for surgery is February 6th. I've been on a liquid diet--Slim-Fast Optima & protein shakes--since January 23rd. It hasn't been easy, but I think I'm past the point of extreme cravings for creamy macaroni & cheese! LOL. Oh--I can have sugar-free, fat-free Jello. Well, I'm not really a jello fan, but there you have it. I would like to know how many of you out there have struggled--but prevailed--on your pre-op diet?


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Posted January 28, 2008 - 5:15 PM

No salt, no sugar (no carb). Low-sodium.


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Posted January 28, 2008 - 5:33 PM

Low carb. Sugar is stored in your liver. The first place your body goes for energy (sugar) is your liver. Once that is depleted (and your liver shrinks), it will go to your fat stores for energy. Try to keep your carb level around 30 gms a day. I have been doing that for two weeks and have lost 14 lbs.

One more thing. If you are going to do this and be successful at it, you need to be mentally prepared to follow doctor's instructions to the letter. There is no more putting it off. It is imperative that your liver be in good shape for the surgery. You are a partner in your weight loss team. Your doctor and the band can only do so much. You have to do most of the work. So starting today, resolve that you are going to do what it takes to be a successful loser! :D

Good luck!


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Posted January 28, 2008 - 6:00 PM

I followed a liquid diet for 9 days pre-op and lost 11lbs. I was only allowed diet drinks, water, sugar free Jello, chicken or beef broth( add 1 chicken bullion cube to chicken broth to make it more manageable), 1/2 c. lowfat cottage cheese twice daily, and one slim fast optima daily.Oh yeah, and sugar free popsicles. They came in handy when I felt like I needed to chew something.Good luck and if you change your mindset now, after surgery will be much easier!



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Posted April 5, 2008 - 8:32 PM

Well, I was just reading and thinking I as schedule for surgery on the 10th. I was suppose to be on a complete liquid diet as well. However, I manage to cheat 2 times. I am praying God will be with me and my liver and pray you have a great surgery as well


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Posted April 5, 2008 - 9:20 PM

My understanding is that it depends on your BMI... if you are over like a 47 or 48 then you need to do the liver shrinking diet.... if you are lower than that, it could actually be the wrong thing to do the LSD.... did your doctor tell you that you needed to shrink your liver? 1-2 weeks is all you need of the LSD if your BMI is high.... if you need the specific diet, I can email you the one recommended from my doctor... however it is not a recommendation from me, just passing on what I will be doing prior to surgery. Send me a private message if you would like me to send you the diet...

Kammi in Everett, WA
soon to be banded 5/27/08
Dr. Kuri - Mexico

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