Will I have to go on a diet before I have surgery?
Yes there is a special pre-operative diet, usually 2 or 3 weeks just before surgery. The reason for the pre-operative diet is to shrink the liver and reduce fat in the abdomen. This helps during the procedure and makes it safer. The high protein low calorie low carb liquid diet is described in another document and will be discussed during your pre operative dietary visits with a Registered Dietician.
Some insurance companies require a physician-monitored diet three to six months prior to surgery as part of their coverage requirement. These diets are very different from the short-term diets, and usually are more about food education and showing a willingness to complete appointments and to learn.