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Hi everyone - just wanted to see if this was common or not. My two week pre-op diet is not liquids. It’s a diet focused on low calories and high Protein, but I get to eat actual food until Day 14. Is this common? I see so many people on here struggling with a liquid diet pre-op and I’m kinda confused why some have it and others don’t. Thanks for any insight!

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Pre-op diets vary a lot from one surgeon to the next. There are some surgeons who don't require any pre-op diet at all until the day before surgery. Some surgeons may vary their pre-op diet requirements by patient (for example, a patient with a BMI over 50 who carries a lot of weight in the midsection may require a stricter pre-op diet to shrink the liver than a patient with a BMI of 35 who carries the weight in the hips).

Count yourself lucky that your surgeon has such a reasonable pre-op diet!

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35 minutes ago, aubrey_ said:

Hi everyone - just wanted to see if this was common or not. My two week pre-op diet is not liquids. It’s a diet focused on low calories and high Protein, but I get to eat actual food until Day 14. Is this common? I see so many people on here struggling with a liquid diet pre-op and I’m kinda confused why some have it and others don’t. Thanks for any insight!

As BigSue says, there are as many plans as there are surgeons. Probably more.

If it's any comfort, my pre-op diet was food, until the day before surgery.

Do what your Doc says.

Tek

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consider yourself lucky. Those kinds of diets aren't uncommon, but many of us have to suffer through the liquids-only version. Ugh. I wish I could have had at least *some* real food... Some programs do allow for that..

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I was put on a Keto diet plan by my dietician for the 2.5 weeks pre surgery & I was ever so grateful. One friend was on 3 shakes a day for two weeks while another was on 2 shakes plus 1 high Protein low carb meal for 4 weeks. Which ever plan you’re given stick to it. It starts the process of re-examining your food habits & making better food choices so you can take the best advantage of your surgery.

Good luck with your surgery & on your journey.

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Yes, it seems like every surgeon has a different plan, so yours is normal [emoji4] Mine will be 10 days, and is basically low carb, low calorie.

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Yes, my pre-op diet will be I think 1 shake and two meals a day that are low carb and high Protein.

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My pre-op diet will be a shake for Breakfast and lunch, high Protein Snacks in between meals from a specified list and then for dinner 4oz lean Proteins, 1 cup vegetable and I think half cup carb. Apparently they used to do the all liquid diet but found that it resulted in people cheating or having a really hard time sticking to it so I guess adding some solids in allowed for a higher compliance and still achieves the liver shrink. It's supposed to hit 60g protein, 64oz liquid and be less than 1200 calories I believe.

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