What Vegetables to Eat after Gastric Bypass and other WLS

June 1st, 2012 - Posted to Weight Loss

After gastric bypass, lap-band, gastric sleeve, and other weight loss surgeries, it is important to practice proper nutrition. To stay healthy and achieve your goal weight, you must ensure that you get enough vitamins and minerals while keeping your total calorie count low. Fresh vegetables are a fundamental part of this post-operative diet.

Right after Surgery

In the weeks following surgery, you will be instructed to follow a strict diet that will begin with clear liquids, progress through soft foods, and end with the gradual reintroduction of healthy solid foods. This is to give the digestive system, particularly the stomach, time to heal from the abrupt changes performed during bariatric surgery.

When your body is ready for it, the post-surgical diet features fruits and vegetables along with lean meats and non-fat dairy products. You should begin with produce that is soft and easily chewed when cooked, avoiding tough, fibrous, or stringy foods.

In the Following Weeks

Once you are eating solid foods again, you will begin with vegetables that are easily tolerated by your modified digestive system, which will still be recovering from surgery. Again, fibrous vegetables should still be avoided at this stage because the body will likely have trouble digesting them. This can cause discomfort and unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms, especially for LAP-BAND patients who have a reduced stoma size. In time, you can work with your doctor to reintroduce a complete range of vegetables into your diet.

Vegetables that you should NOT eat during the recovery period after surgery include:

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Corn

Remember that tolerance of different foods can vary considerably depending on the patient and the procedure. Discuss any concerns you have with your dietitian and your physician.

If you're a Marina Weight Loss patient, then you should already know that our dietitian and the rest of our support staff are available to answer questions, including about food. We have lots of experience helping people be successful in the quest to lose weight. A huge part of that is making sure they are equipped with the food knowledge needed to be both healthy and free from side-effects.