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Preparation Required

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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 surgery.

  • 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:
  • 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…

  • Cheese

  • Whole milk

  • Eggs

  • Ice cream, pastry, cake, chocolate….

  • Skin of chicken, rib steak

  • Sauces made of cream, cheese

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.

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, mustard…

To help you prepare your meals, here is an example list of food to prefer and food to avoid:

Food groups Preferred foods 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, fried eggs
Milk / Dairy products Skimmed milk, low-fat dairy products (yogurt, cheese) Whole milk, full cream cheese, sour cream, regular yogurt, custard
Vegetables All fresh vegetables, natural frozen, canned, vegetable soup (no fat) or broth Vegetables in creamy or cheese sauce, “en gratin”
Fruits 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 cereals, corn Bread roll, croissant, fried rice, fried noodles, chips, French fries, breakfast cereals
Fat Vegetable oil (olive, canola, sunflower):
1 tbsp/day
Butter or margarine: 10g/day
Cream, ghee, coconut butter, other vegetable oils
Drinks Water, tea, coffee Soda, lemonade, chocolate drinks, alcohol
Sweets None, except artificially sweetened, artificial sweetener Sugar, honey, candies, cookies, pastries, cream-dessert, ice-cream, chocolate, “Products for diabetic”
Jam Diet jam Regular jam, honey, chocolate spread
Seasoning Mustard, spices, salt, fresh herbs, tomato paste, vinegar, lemon juice, low-fat salad dressings Mayonnaise, Ketchup, ready- made salad dressings
Others 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 Slimfast©.

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