Nutrition and Bariatric Surgery
A powerful synergy
Nutrition therapy using OPTIFAST prior to bariatric surgery can provide significant benefits to surgeons and patients alike:
- Useful in helping patients make the necessary post-surgical lifestyle changes
- Reduced fatty liver and decrease in liver volume
- Decreased visceral adipose tissue
Preoperative weight loss is associated with1
- Reduced laparoscopic procedure time
- Increased weight loss first year postoperatively
Some OPTIFAST clinics and bariatric surgery centers offer pre-surgical support programs to help prepare patients for surgery. The program promotes preoperative weight loss through the use of the OPTIFAST formula and provides educational sessions to help patients prepare for the diet and lifestyle changes that are necessary for a successful surgical outcome. Many OPTIFAST clinics also welcome bariatric patients into their overall long-term management programs and continue to provide OPTIFAST products to those patients who were started on OPTIFAST prior to surgery.
1. Colles, SL, Dixon JB, Marks P, Strauss BJ and O’Brien PE. Preoperative weight loss with a very-low- energy diet: quantitation of changes in liver and abdominal fat by serial imaging1-3 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2006:84:304-311.
2. Alami, R. S., Morton, J. M., Schuster, R., Lie, J., Sanchez, B. R., Peters, A., & Curet, M. J. (2007). Is there a benefit to preoperative weight loss in gastric bypass patients? A prospective randomized trial. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 3(2), 141-145; discussion 145–146.