Pre-op liquid diet ordered. Anybody else?

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jen830
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   Posted 8/21/2011 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I am 19 days pre-op.  having a nissen fundoplication on Sept. 9th.  Met my surgeon the other day, world renowned laporoscopic surgeon here in Michigan.  Anyway, he wants me predominantly on a liquid diet prior to surgery.  He gave me meal replacement high protein powder that I mix with milk. In addition, I have to eat 2 low fat 6 oz yogurts, and suger free jello and chicken/beef broth if desired and plenty of water.  My family doc warned me about this.  I am about 40 lbs. overweight, and so I can stand to lose the 15 lbs. surgeon tells me that I will prob lose prior to surgery, but I guess I should have asked for a better explanation. He said it was going to make the surgery easier for him. I was wondering if anyone else was advised to do this prior to your surgery.  I think he wants to shrink my stomach or possibly calm it down.
I have been following this liquid diet for the last 3 days and I must tell you that my stom and esophagus have never felt better.  I dont have food particles floating back up to my throat.  I still burp alot, but I feel alot better.  Dont get me wrong, I certainly don't want to live on liquids the rest of my life, but hopefully surgery will  fix that.  Just wondering if anyone else was prescribed liquid diet before surgery.

dencha
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   Posted 8/21/2011 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jen,

Welcome to Healing Well! Sounds like you'll soon be a member of our Wrapped Club!

While I didn't go on a liquid diet pre-op, I'm certain I've read of others doing that at the order of their surgeon. It was always to help in weight loss. The less fat there is in the abdominal cavity, the easier it is for the surgeon to see what he's doing. It makes the procedure go more smoothly if you lose the weight.

I'm sure it's not much fun, but if it helps you feel better as you wait for the surgery, that's got to be a positive outcome!

I expect someone will be by soon with more information.
Again glad you've joined us. Hope you'll stay.
Take care,
Denise

kyheart
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   Posted 8/21/2011 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Jen
I have never heard of the practice, but it really makes sense. I had lost some weight before my surgery and I am glad I did. I also had gotten to the point that I could not fill my stomach before the surgery and this surely helped me deal with the liquid diet after the surgery..
As Denise said, I am also surer it is not much fun but the better you feel before the surgery, the quicker you will feel better after the surgery. After all you are already accustomed to the liquids.
Please stay with us and let us know how all of this plays out and come here if you get frustrated or if you want to shout your joy of recovery.. we will be here to support you... I will be really interested to find out if this pre-op diet helps with the overall outcome of recovery ..
Stay with us for the count down and after..
Reach for the Sunshine.. the Rainbows will follow..
Sandi

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 8/22/2011 3:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the wise ladies above me, it's probably to get you used to the liquid diet. I've heard that overeating/eating something you're not ready for can have awful side effects, so hopefully you become adjusted to it well and tolerate surgery well.

All that being said, CONGRATS! I saw your other posts about how you've been suffering, and I couldn't be happier for you to be having the surgery. I hope it gives you some much needed relief.

Fingers crossed for a successful surgery and speedy recovery,
Ashley

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/22/2011 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
First ive heard of this diet before a nissen. i have heard of it before colon surgery though.
Take care
Bill
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dencha
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   Posted 8/22/2011 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jen,

Here is a post that was written about a year ago here at the Healing Well Forum.
Thought you might like to read about someone else who was put on a liquid diet pre-Nissen surgery.

www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=1876261

I know you're not alone with this. I'm sure I've read other posts similar to this one.

Hang in there!
Take care,
Denise

jen830
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   Posted 8/22/2011 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
hi everyone. thank you all so much for your input on this. i am sure doc wants we to lose a few lbs before surgery and if it makes his job easier then thats all the motivation i need. my recovery hopefully will b just alittle easier. as i said before i dont want to b on liquids the rest of my life but it really hasnt been so bad. i have spent many nights in misery after eating food that these last few days have brought me quite a bit of relief despite being hungry. i meal replacement powder doc gave me is quite tasty actually, i mix it w skim or 2% milk as instructed and it tastes alittle like ovaltine. it is called RuTine. i may add a serving of scrambled egg beaters in the am and see how it goes. i still burp alot after drinking even a small amount but the severe chest pain is gone atleast for now and i am grateful for that. thank u again so much. i will keep u posted before and after surgery. i am so grateful to have found this forum.
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