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India Profile  »  Medical Tourism In India  »  Surgery in India  »  Gastric Bypass Diet

Gastric Bypass Diet

Definition of Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass is a type of surgery in which the stomach is reduced in size by one of several methods. This smaller stomach is then reconnected or bypassed to the small intestine. Having a gastric bypass can help speed weight loss by making it difficult to eat too much food at one time and to feel satisfied after very small meals.

Who can go for Gastric Bypass?

Only the people satisfying all the features or majority of them are treated with a Gastric Bypass by the Doctors:

  #   Ones having Body Mass Index above 40
  #   Those who are 100 pounds/45 kg or more over their estimated ideal
  #   Age between 18 and 55 years
  #   Failure of dietary or weight-loss drug therapy for more than one year
  #   History of obesity (generally 5 years or more)
  #   Comprehension of the risks and benefits of the procedure and willingness to comply with the substantial lifelong dietary restrictions required for long term success.
  #   Acceptable operative risk.

Who can't go for the treatment?

  #   If the surgery or treatment represents an unreasonable risk to the patient.
  #   Untreated glandular diseases such as hypothyroidism.
  #   Inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract such as ulcers, esophagitis or Crohn's disease.
  #   Severe cardiopulmonary diseases or other conditions which may make them poor surgical candidates in general.
  #   An allergic reaction to materials contained in the band or who have exhibited pain intolerance to implanted devices.
  #   Dependency on alcohol or drugs.
  #   Mentally retarded or emotionally unstable people.

The Gastric Bypass Diet

The gastric bypass diet unfolds in several stages. Meals on the new menu will be much smaller than normal, and the foods eaten must be very smooth in texture. On all stages of the diet, it is especially important to drink enough water, and to take vitamin and mineral supplements as prescribed.

  #   Clear Liquids - This is the first stage of the gastric bypass diet. Clear liquids mean the beverages that you can almost see through which usually last for a day or two after the operation. The clear liquid diet starts with sips of water, and then allows foods like sugar-free juice, diet gelatin, bullion or clear broth, and flat diet soda in small amounts, usually 2-3 ounces at a time.

  #   Low-Fat Full Liquids - Only after having no problem with the clear liquids, the gastric bypass diet advances to high-protein liquids like Diet Carnation Instant Breakfast, Ensure, or Sustacal. This stage of the diet is started before discharge from the hospital and lasts for 1 to 2 weeks. Patients are also advised to begin taking a chewable multivitamin/ mineral supplement at this stage.

  #   Soft/Puree Diet -Some patients are able to start this diet after they have been out of the hospital for about two weeks. Others may need to wait longer. The purée diet includes very soft, high-protein foods like scrambled egg, low-fat cheese or cottage cheese, or blenderized lean meats like tuna fish, chicken, or pork. Some patients find it more convenient to use strained baby foods.

  #   Regular Diet - The regular diet starts about 8 weeks or later after gastric bypass surgery. While this diet includes all 5 food groups. Each meal or snack should be small, with liquids consumed in between meals.

The way to eat:

The new stomach can only hold 1/2 cup at a time. So be careful about all these:

  #   Eat 3 to 6 small meals a day
  #   Chew food thoroughly and eat slowly
  #   Avoid chewing gum, it could block the stomach outlet if swallowed
  #   Do not overeat
  #   Relax and enjoy your new life

Tips for doing it right:

  #   Drink 1 cup of water or low-calorie beverage between each meal
  #   Fluids should add up to at least 6 cups (48 ounces) each day
  #   Sip slowly, make beverages last 30 minutes or more
  #   Finish drinking 45-60 minutes before meals

Sample Menu for Gastric Bypass Diet:

  #   Breakfast
1. banana - 1/4 med
2. Scrambled egg - 1
3. toast, white -1/2 slice
4. margarine - 1 tsp

  #   Morning snack
1. graham crackers -2
2. pudding, sugar-free, made with 2% fat milk - 1/2 cup

  #   Lunch
1. broiled chicken breast- 2 oz
2. carrots, boiled - 1/4 cup
3. margarine - 1 tsp
4. pasta salad - 1/4 cup

  #   Afternoon snack:
1. Fruit cocktail, water packed - 1/2 cup

  #   Evening Snack:
1. cheese, American - 1 oz
2. saltine crackers - 2
3. mustard - 1 tsp

  #   Dinner:
1. haddock, baked or broiled - 2 oz
2. green beans - 1/4 cup
3. dinner roll - 1/2

Apollo Hospitals are well-known for its expertise in Gastric Bypass Diet and treatments and Surgeries. The Hospitals with their High quality treatments are at par to international standards. They treat deformities, injury related conditions and personal grooming requirements. Gastric Bypass Diet are quite familiar a business in Apollo Hospitals.

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