Multivitamin, calcium with vitamin D and, in some cases, additional supplement of iron and / or vitamin B12. Sometimes additional fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) are added to the regimen, depending on the degree of vitamin absorption from the operation. A recommended
chewable form, at least initially after surgery ...
Most patients get 60-80 grams a day, but some may require more depending on their response to surgery or their type of operation. Your dietitian can provide you with more detailed information.
There are many options even for those with special dietary needs or preferences. Your dietitian can provide you with additional information on protein sources. Meats, eggs, dairy products, tofu, beans, and lentils are common sources of protein in everyday foods. Protein supplements made from whey and soy are commonly sold in stores and can help you meet your needs for
proteins. It can be helpful to calculate your daily protein intake to make sure you don't fall short. As you can tolerate more regular foods, you get a greater portion of your required food sources, and supplements become less of a need.
The body needs additional protein during the rapid weight loss period to maintain its muscle mass. Protein is also required to have a healthy metabolism. If you don't provide enough protein in your diet, the body will take its protein from your muscles and you may become weak.
Caffeine fluids have been shown to be as good as any other at keeping you hydrated. Still, it is a good idea to avoid caffeine for at least the first thirty days after surgery, while your stomach is very sensitive. After that point, you can ask your surgeon or dietitian about resuming caffeine. Remember that caffeine is often paired with sugary, high-calorie beverages, so be sure to make wise beverage choices.
Dehydration is the most common reason for readmission to the hospital. Dehydration occurs when your body doesn't get enough fluids to keep it working at its best. Your body also requires fluid to burn its stored fat calories for energy. Carry a bottle of water with you all day, especially when you are away from home. Remember to drink even if you are not thirsty. Drinking 64 fluid ounces is a good daily goal. You can tell if you are getting enough fluid if you are producing clear, light-colored urine 5-10 times a day. Signs of dehydration can be thirst, headache, hard stools, or dizziness when sitting or standing. You should contact your surgeon's office if you cannot drink enough fluids to stay hydrated.