What preparation is required?
- A thorough medical evaluation to determine if you are a candidate
for obesity surgery by your physician.
- Supplemental diagnostic tests may be necessary, including
a nutritional evaluation.
- A psychiatric or psychological evaluation may be required
to determine the patient’s ability to adjust to changes
after the operation.
- Consultation from specialists, such as cardiologist or endocrinologist
may be needed depending on your own specific medical condition.
- Continued participation in Obesity Support Group is encouraged.
We offer monthly meetings at Dubai Mall Medical Centre.
- A written consent for surgery will be needed after the surgeon
reviews the potential risks and benefits of the operation.
- The day prior to surgery, you will begin a clear liquid diet.
- Your surgeon may request that you completely empty your colon
and cleanse your intestines prior to surgery.
- It is recommended that you shower the night before or morning
of the operation.
- After midnight the night before the operation, you should
not eat or drink anything except medications that your surgeon
has told you are permissible to take with a sip of water the
morning of surgery.
- Drugs such as aspirin, blood thinners, anti-inflammatory
medications (arthritis medications) and Vitamin E will need
to be stopped temporarily for several days to a week prior to
- Diet medication or St. John’s Wort should not be used
for the two weeks prior to surgery.
- Stop smoking and alcohol 6-8 weeks prior to surgery.
- Arrange for any help you may need at home.
The following diet is recommended 10 days to 2 weeks prior to surgery:
Low-Fat Diet prior to a Surgery
Why: a low-fat diet will help you to lose weight
before your surgery. This weight loss will make the surgical process
easier and safer by reducing the size of your liver and reducing
health risks associated with the procedure.
When: you can start this diet 10 days to 2 weeks
before the surgery, or as specifically requested by your surgeon.
How: during this pre-operative period, you have
to eat a diet which is very low in energy (or calories), mostly
by cutting of food high in fat.
Examples of food rich in fat:
Try to limit as well, food rich in sugar,
like sweets, soda, milkshakes, cakes, biscuits, pastries, as they
are a concentrated source of nutritionally non-interesting calories.
- Fried food: French fries, chicken nuggets, fried eggs, fried
rice, fried noodles, fried meat/fish…
- Butter, ghee, cream, margarine, vegetable oil
- Most of fast foods: hamburgers, hot dogs, chips…
- Whole milk
- Ice cream, pastry, cake, chocolate….
- Skin of chicken, rib steak
- Sauces made of cream, cheese
To prepare your meals, prefer the following cooking methods,
which require only a little bit of fat or no fat at all:
Steaming, stewing or simmering, boiling, “court-bouillon”
(low-fat vegetable stock), “en papillote” (in aluminium
foil in the oven), broiling with max. 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil,
oven-roasted (without fat)…
To add flavours to your preparation, think about
using salt, pepper, garlic, onions, herbs, spices, condiments/seasonings,
To help you prepare your meals, here is an example list of food
to prefer and food to avoid:
||Foods to avoid
|Meat / Chicken / Fish / Legumes / Egg
||Lean meat (tenderloin, sirloin) or with no visible fat,
skinless chicken, canned fish in water, low-fat cold cuts,
lentils, peas, beans, tofu, egg (1x/week)
||Fried meat/chicken/fish, meat/chicken/fish in creamy sauce,
salmon, eel, mackerel, canned fish in oil, cold cuts, sausage,
|Milk / Dairy products
||Skimmed milk, low-fat dairy products (yogurt, cheese)
||Whole milk, full cream cheese, sour cream, regular yogurt,
||All fresh vegetables, natural frozen, canned, vegetable
soup (no fat) or broth
||Vegetables in creamy or cheese sauce, “en gratin”
||All fresh fruits, natural frozen, canned fruits in water
||Canned fruits in syrup, dried fruits, fruit juices with
added sugar, fruit cocktails, smoothie
|Starch / Cereals
||Bread, pasta, steamed rice, steamed potato, polenta, wholemeal
||Bread roll, croissant, fried rice, fried noodles, chips,
French fries, breakfast cereals
||Vegetable oil (olive, canola, sunflower):
Butter or margarine: 10g/day
|Cream, ghee, coconut butter, other vegetable oils
||Water, tea, coffee
||Soda, lemonade, chocolate drinks, alcohol
||None, except artificially sweetened, artificial sweetener
||Sugar, honey, candies, cookies, pastries, cream-dessert,
ice-cream, chocolate, “Products for diabetic”
||Regular jam, honey, chocolate spread
||Mustard, spices, salt, fresh herbs, tomato paste, vinegar,
lemon juice, low-fat salad dressings
||Mayonnaise, Ketchup, ready- made salad dressings
||Home- made meals
||Fast food, pre-cooked or ready- made meals, pizza, burger…
If you find it difficult to follow this type of diet with regular
food, you also have the option to use some meal-replacements like