Some doctors may require patients to consume a pre-op liquid diet in order to “shrink the liver” before surgery. However, there is little scientific data to prove that this is true. Dr. McCarty recognizes that when a patient is ready for weight loss surgery, they will lose the weight and decrease the size of their liver post-surgery.
After 6 weeks post-op, I can eat a little more. Why is that?
Your body will experience swelling after surgery, which is normal. As the swelling goes down, you’ll be able to take in more fluids and more food. Your stomach will be able to hold about 4 to 6 ounces at a time after the swelling goes down.
Hair loss can happen after surgery and typically occurs with a weight loss of 100 pounds or more. Many patients will experience some hair thinning, which will grow back after the weight loss has stabilized. We recommend taking biotin supplements and meeting protein intake goals in order to prevent hair loss post-surgery. We also offer a hair follicle-stimulating laser and PRP scalp injections to stimulate hair growth.
Yes, you may have both, but we recommend waiting 4 weeks after surgery to drink caffeine or alcohol. If you do decide to consume alcohol after surgery, we recommend a low-carb option. Beer is never a good choice for weight loss.
I normally have high blood pressure and diabetes. Should I continue taking my meds for these conditions after surgery?
Please continue taking your blood pressure and diabetes medications as well as monitoring your blood pressure and sugar at home. Your PCP will officially discontinue these medications, but we advise monitoring at home because many patients are able to discontinue these medications soon after surgery.
How long will I experience gas discomfort after surgery, and what can I take to relieve this symptom?
Gas discomfort is one of the primary complaints patients have after surgery, and it typically subsides within 48 to 72 hours. You can take Gas-X strips, drops or tablets, and walking may also be beneficial.
McCarty Weight Loss Center promotes health and wellness, so we like to check your labs to ensure you’re meeting all of your nutritional requirements and seeing the health benefits your body will experience after surgery.
Can I take NSAIDS (Advil, ibuprofen, Aleve, aspirin) after surgery?
We recommend waiting 4 weeks after surgery to take any NSAIDS. If you have a headache, you can take OTC Tylenol. If you have chronic pain, we recommend consulting with your pain management physician to start a long-term pain management solution. NSAIDs are fine to use short-term 4 weeks after surgery.
I live out of town. Is it OK to fly or drive home after surgery?
Yes! We have had 4 international patients, and we also have patients who have come to us from 40 other states. On your flight or drive, we recommend walking and stretching your legs every hour on the way home.
It has been 4 days since surgery and I still haven’t had a bowel movement. Is this normal?
It is normal not to have a bowel movement after surgery, since your colon is the last thing to wake up from anesthesia. We recommend waiting about 2 weeks before trying a stool softener or laxative of any kind so that your body has the chance to work naturally.
I lost my nutrition packets. What is my post-surgery diet supposed to be?
Call our office and we can email you another packet. You’ll drink only clear liquids for the first 2 days after surgery, and starting on the 8th day you can start soft solids. By week four, you can begin a regular high-protein and low-carb diet.
I feel dizzy and lightheaded after surgery. Is this normal?
Yes, especially if you’re experiencing a drop in blood pressure. We recommend checking your blood pressure at home, and possibly cutting down on the dosage of your blood pressure meds until you can see your PCP for a medication adjustment.
Is it normal to feel discomfort in my sternum when drinking after surgery?
Yes, this is just from the gas discomfort from the air we put in your abdomen during surgery and from the normal swelling in your stomach from surgery. This typically goes away within 72 hours and may last up to a week.
Yes, you can drink from a straw anytime after surgery. Wait for 4 weeks after surgery before drinking any carbonated drinks. If you drink carbonated drinks, make sure they are not filled with sugar, and do not consume them with your meals.