Identifying Un-healthy Habits
Once you have decided that surgery is right for you then we want you to be both mentally and physically prepared. If you have any questions about the procedure you have chosen or the risks involved then we encourage you to contact us to clarify things. We want you to approach surgery comfortable with your choice and educated about what it means in the long term for you.
With this in mind it is always good to try and be as healthy as possible for surgery. We would suggest looking at any habits that have been identified in your discussions with Dr Willingham, your dietician or your psychologist and trying to adapt them now.
Doing some light exercise and adopting healthy habits such as quitting smoking, eating healthy foods and considering starting a multivitamin are all useful to have you as healthy as possible for surgery.
Very Low Calorie Diet Protocol
Two weeks prior to surgery we ask you to begin an intensive phase of a Very Low Calorie Diet or VLCD. This includes brands such as Optimist, Formulite, Optislim as well as several others.
Patients following this regime have shown a decrease in visceral fat (fat around your organs) as well as a reduction in liver volume and rigidity. This means that your surgery has a much greater chance of being completed in a smooth and strait-forward manner.
Adopting a very low calorie diet will mean replacing each of your three main meals each day with a serving of VLCD shake, bar or soup. You may also have two cups of vegetables. A list of allowed vegetables is usually available on each products website or we will give you a list after your consultation with us.
We understand this time can be difficult, however Dr Willingham strongly recommends following this protocol in order to have the safest operation possible.