Dr. T.C. Lackey II D.O. - Lorie Austin PA-C

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Menu Suggestions for LAP-BAND®

 

Most People Need 70-80 Grams of Protein Per Day

 

 

Liquid Phase

 

  • Why liquids? Because we do not want you to vomit/PB (productive burp) at all, this increases the risk of band slippage and enlargement of the stomach pouch. Your body needs time for your tissue to heal and adhere to the band to keep it in place.

 

 

Day of Surgery (after the operation)

 

  • Start clear liquid diet.
    (See Below: Post-Op Days 1 to 10, Clear Liquids)

 

 

Post-Op Days 1 to 10, Clear Liquids:

 

  • Must drink minimum of 64 oz. fluid per day (prefer at least half to be water)
    (No coffee but may have decaf tea - no caffeine, as it is a diuretic)
  • Clear liquids (sugar-free, calorie-free, carbonation-free)
  • Clear broth soups (chicken, beef)
  • Sugar-free Jell-o and Sugar-free Popsicles count as fluids.

 

 

Post-Op Days 11 to 30, Full Liquids:

 

  • Basically a LIQUID diet including clear liquids.
  • Must eat 3 full-liquid meals per day (i.e. High protein/low-carb shakes)
  • Low-fat plain yogurt
  • Skim milk
  • Clear broth soups or strained creamy soups

 

 

Post-Op Days 31 to 45, Pureed and Soft Foods:

 

  • 3 ounces of protein 3 times per day.
  • Do not drink during meals; must wait 30 minutes after eating before drinking (Lifelong Rule)
  • May now have occasional coffee
  • Eggs
  • Soft cheeses
  • Low-fat Cottage Cheese
  • Pureed Beef
  • Pureed Poultry
  • Pureed Seafood
  • Pureed Veal
  • Pureed Lamb
  • Low-fat Yogurt (limit to once per day)
  • Creamy soups
  • Silken Tofu
  • Low fat dairy products
  • Pureed fruits and vegetables (1-2 spoonfuls) AFTER adequate protein has been eaten

 

 

Post-Op Days 46 and Onward:

 

  • Protein! (eggs, cheeses, seafood, meats)
  • Ground beef/poultry
  • Flaky fish
  • Egg, tuna, chicken and shrimp salad (mixed with low-fat mayo);
    avoid fibrous foods such as celery
  • Low-fat soft cheeses
  • Soft eggs (limit to 3 times per week)
  • Fruits and vegetables (1-2 spoonfuls) after adequate protein eaten first;
    avoid fibrous foods such as celery
  • Whole grains
  • Applesauce
  • Nuts
  • Peanut butter
  • LIMIT FATS such as mayonnaise, butter, dressings; use low-fat mayo and low-fat dressings
  • LIMIT STARCHES (potatoes, rice, pasta, bread)
  • AVOID sugar and processed grains
  • NO MILKSHAKES, etcetera

 

 

The Mature LAP-BAND® Patient Should:

 

  • Be able to eat at most 1/2 to 3/4 cups (4 to 6 ounces) of food per meal.
  • Stop eating if you feel full before this.
  • Eat 3 to 4 meals per day.
  • Meals should last at least 30 minutes.
  • Chew, chew, chew! At least 30 times per solid piece of food.

 

 

Useful Conversions:

 

  • 8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup
  • 12 tablespoons = 3/4 cup
  • 2 cups = 1 pint (16 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup = 4 ounces = 112ml or cc
  • 3/4 cup = 6 ounces = 168ml or cc
  • 1 oz = 30 grams = 30ml or cc
  • 4 oz = 1/4 pound = 115 grams