OPTIFAST and Weight Loss Surgery
Some OPTIFAST clinics and bariatric surgery centers offer special programs that help patients lose weight in advance of their weight loss surgery.
“Why should I lose weight beforehand,” ask some patients, “when I’ll lose so much weight afterward?” The fact is, the heavier you are, the greater the risks you and your surgeon face. Clinical data show that using the OPTIFAST Program before weight loss surgery can help patients lose enough weight to significantly reduce health risks associated with various procedures. Moreover, the lifestyle changes patients learn as part of the OPTIFAST program help prepare them for life after surgery.
Using OPTIFAST Before Weight Loss Surgery
If you are considering weight loss surgery or are scheduled for a procedure, talk to your physician about the benefits of pre-surgical use of OPTIFAST. It could make a meaningful difference in your health before surgery, during surgery, and afterward.
Some of the benefits of weight loss before surgery include1:
- Reduced risk for complications during surgery
- Shorter hospital stays
- Increased weight loss first year following surgery
OPTIFAST Products for Weight Loss Surgery
Take advantage of two powerful OPTIFAST tools to prepare for weight loss surgery and thrive afterward. The OPTIFAST weight loss program offers meal replacement formulas, along with education and support to prepare for weight loss surgery and post-surgical behavior changes. OPTISOURCE supplements are part of the OPTIFAST product line that have been designed to meet the specialized nutritional requirements of post-weight loss surgery patients.
Set yourself up for the best outcomes from weight loss surgery procedures with the OPTIFAST Program and OPTIFAST Products:
OPTIFAST before surgery
- Average weight loss of 26 lbs (1.5-2% of body weight/week) over 12 weeks of pre-surgical treatment2
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OPTISOURCE after surgery
- Designed to meet the unique nutritional challenges of the post-surgical patient
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OPTIFAST as an Alternative to Weight Loss Surgery
The cost of weight loss surgery can be substantial. In addition to financial considerations, weight loss surgery may also be associated with complications during surgery and significant recovery time. For patients who are considering weight loss surgery, the OPTIFAST Program represents a low-risk, low-cost alternative to surgical weight loss procedures and it can usually be incorporated into a patient’s regular schedule at work and at home.*
1.Alvarado R, Alami RD, Hsu G, et al. The impact of preoperative weight loss in patients undergoing laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Obes Surg. 2005; 15(9):1282-6.
2. 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.
*Campbell et al., 2010; Tice et al., 2008; and Fisher, 2004