Post-Op Diet: Week 2

Full Liquid Diet

After you have progressed through Week 1 of clear liquids, it is fine to start a full liquid diet. Basically, you are adding to your clear liquid diet, so keep drinking the clear liquids and begin to add fluids that are not clear and that can be sipped through a straw.

During the first 6 weeks, however, we ask that you avoid using straws.

Take small sips of your fluids and protein shakes, because if you take too big of a sip, or if you gulp or drink it too fast, it can cause you to swallow air. Air can create pressure and pain in your throat, chest, and/or new tummy. If liquids go in too fast, you will likely feel very uncomfortable, and you may feel nauseous and even vomit. At this point, you really need good nutrition, so please take your time and take small sips.

 

The full liquid diet allows a variety of liquids and protein supplements.

You will remain on this diet for the entire second week post-surgery. This will give your new stomach pouch and digestive system time to begin healing properly and allow you time to adjust to your new tummy’s size and limits.

 

You should drink approximately 2 to 3 ounces at a time.

If you feel good and would like to extend this phase for a few extra days, that is just fine as long as you are getting in the required fluids, vitamins, and grams of protein daily.

 

It is good to have a variety of protein shakes and mixes at home.

The plain unflavored protein powders can be added to broths, soups, watered and thinned down cereals, smooth yogurts, and sugar-free puddings. The main reason to add the unflavored protein powders to your drinks and foods is to help you get in the recommended daily amount of grams of protein. You do not need a fancy or expensive blender. The one you already have at home will probably work just fine.

Remember that protein promotes good healing and feeling satisfied and full. Please be aware that your body can only digest about 30 grams of protein at one time, or approximately 7 to 9 grams per hour. Make sure to spread out the amount of protein you are taking in throughout the day. We recommend trying to consume 60 to 100 grams of protein daily.

We recommend the following protein powders/shakes:
  • Low Carb EAS
  • SlimFast
  • Atkins Advantage
  • Carb Solutions
  • Premier Protein
  • Orgain Complete
  • 310 products
  • Lean Shakes from GNC
  • Genepro Protein Powder
 

Check out the huge variety of protein powders and shakes available on Amazon. You can also purchase them at Costco or Sam’s Club or most grocery, health food, and drug stores.

If you are looking for an upgrade, we recommend the following blender brands:

    •    NutriBullet Pro 900
    •    Black & Decker
    •    Tribest
    •    Bella
    •    Oster
    •    Vitamix

You can find these brands on Amazon or at any store that sells small kitchen appliances, such as Walmart.

Food & Drinks for a Full Liquid Diet

Carnation Breakfast Essentials powder or Ready-to-Drink shake

Make it with lite almond, lite soy, lite rice, lite cashew, or skim milk

Milk, skim/fat-free

Regular or lactose-free dairy milk, or lite almond, lite soy, lite rice, lite cashew, or skim milk

Milk, instant non-fat dry (any brand)

Great to add to other food to increase protein if needed

Pudding and custard (sugar-free only)

Limit to just a couple per day

JELL-O (sugar-free only)

Homemade or the little prepared cups, unlimited amount

Yogurt

Sugar-free, fat-free, or no carb, smooth or low carb without pieces of fruit

Vegetable Juice

V8 Diet vegetable juices, V8 Diet Splash, green or red Superfood powder or juice mix

Soup

 100 calorie Progresso soup, made thin, drinkable, and strained or ran through an immersion blender

Hot Cereal

 Thinned down and drinkable (e.g. Cream of Wheat, Cream of Rice, oatmeal, grits)

It is super important to focus on fluids, vitamins, and grams of protein at this stage. Make sure that you are taking in enough grams of protein each day, and aim for 64 ounces of fluids daily.  You should have at least two of your three meals consist of a protein supplement added to other foods. A protein supplement packet, Genepro, or approximately 4 tablespoons of instant non-fat dry milk added to soups, cereals, yogurts, or puddings will help to increase the amount of much-needed protein you consume.

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Dr. Elías Ortiz, Bariatrics

Professional License Number: 8684409

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Qualifications

Undergraduate Degree in Medicine (1999–2004), Faculty of Medicine of the Autonomous University of Baja California
– Overall average: 8.85 / 10

Undergraduate Internship (2004–2005), Regional General Hospital No. 1, IMSS, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
– Overall average: 9.49 / 10

Social Service (2005–2006), Mobile Unit No. 19, SSA, Tijuana, Baja California Mexico.

Graduate Professional XXXI National Aspiring medical residencies
– Place finish in specialty group (Surgery): 32 of 3602.

General Surgery Specialty (2008-2012), Medical Unit of High Specialty, West National Medical Center, Mexican Social Security Institute
– Total Rating: 96.40 / 100.

Certifications

Certificate of Accreditation of Foreign Language Skills: English. April 22, 2006, at the Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico

Resident Coordinator of General Surgery, generation 2008–2009, Regional General Hospital No. 45, Mexican Social Security Institute, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Chief Resident in General Surgery, 2011–2012 in Medical Unit of High Specialty, West National Medical Center, Mexican Social Security Institute, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Professional Experience

2nd Regional and International Congress on Obesity conducted by the Association for the Study of Obesity and its complications AC.
– May 2004, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery
– General session speaker
– Regional General Hospital No. 45, May 15, 2008, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery
– General session speaker
– Zapopan General Hospital, November 5, 2008, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)
– General session speaker
– Regional General Hospital No. 45, February 12, 2009, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

1stCourse News and Controversies in Surgical GERD
– April 2009, Regional General Hospital No. 45, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Laparoscopic Surgery Program in the Regional General Hospital No. 1
– Social Security Institute, April–May 2010, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Laparoscopic Surgery Program in the Regional General Hospital No. 1
– Social Security Institute, June–August 2011, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Gastric Plication Surgery Mini Fellowship
– Hospital Angeles Tijuana, November 2011

Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery Mini Fellowship
– Hospital Angeles Tijuana, December 2011

Bariatric Surgery Program at Hospital Angeles Tijuana
– November–December 2011, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Theoretical and Practical Course XIV of Endoscopic Surgery, AMCE, AC
– Medical Unit of High Specialty, West National Medical Center Gdl, Jal. January–February 2012

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