SADI-S Diet: Before and After Surgery
Patients often feel as if they must choose between a restrictive bariatric surgery (like a gastric sleeve) or a malabsorptive bariatric surgery (like gastric bypass) to lose weight. But, why choose? Bariatric surgeons can combine restrictive and malabsorptive techniques with Single Anastomosis Duodeno-Ileal Bypass with Sleeve Gastrectomy (SADI-S) surgery.
At Tijuana Bariatrics, our team of qualified bariatric specialists in Tijuana, Mexico, have years of experience helping patients reclaim their life and health with transformative weight-loss surgeries. From start to finish, our team is here to help you reach your goals.
Preparing for SADI-S surgery requires a commitment to a healthier lifestyle, particularly through diet and exercise. In this blog post, our team discusses the importance of implementing the SADI-S diet before and after surgery to prevent complications and enhance your weight loss efforts.
Preoperative SADI-S Diet
The day that a patient decides to proceed with SADI-S surgery is the day that they must commit to a preoperative SADI-S diet.
For many patients, pre-surgical weight loss is mandatory before our team can operate. Otherwise, an enlarged liver and excess fat in the abdomen can make the surgery dangerous. The SADI-S diet helps shrink the liver and reduces fat in the abdomen, which safely prepares the patient for a successful surgery.
Additionally, research indicates that following a strict preoperative diet before bariatric surgery reduces the risk of complications during and after the procedure. It also helps patients recover faster and increases the rate of weight loss.
A preoperative SADI-S diet includes:
- High protein: Patients should strive for approximately 50 to 175 grams of protein daily. Our bariatric surgeons recommend prioritizing lean proteins, like chicken, fish, eggs, and tofu.
- Reduced carbohydrates: Reducing carbohydrates, particularly sugar, increases fat loss in the abdomen.
- Low fat and calories: Patients should consume nutrient-dense foods that are not high in unhealthy fats or calories. Cutting out junk food and fast food are two ways to reduce fat and caloric intake.
- Avoid caffeine, carbonation, tobacco, and alcohol: Some of these products contain harmful chemicals, empty calories, or both. Avoiding them also prepares patients for their postoperative lifestyle changes.
Postoperative SADI-S Diet
Patients must adhere to a strict postoperative SADI-S diet immediately following their surgery. The postoperative SADI-S diet is similar to the preoperative diet, but patients should implement the diet in weekly stages according to the recovery process:
- Weeks 1 and 2: For the first week, patients should stick to clear liquids only, such as water, non-acidic juices, and non-fat broths. During the second week, patients can include more nourishing liquids, such as skim milk, protein shakes, and low-fat soups.
- Weeks 3 and 4: Patients can begin eating pureed foods, such as finely ground fruits, vegetables, or egg whites. Patients should continue to prioritize a high-protein diet that is low in carbohydrates, fats, and calories.
- Week 5: Patients should continue to eat a high-protein diet, but they may try incorporating more solid foods at this stage.
- Week 6: At this point, most patients can return to eating solid foods.
After SADI-S surgery, patients should always avoid carbonated beverages, fast food, and foods high in carbohydrates, fat, and calories. Patients should also eat mindfully, which means choosing nutrient-dense foods, chewing slowly, and drinking plenty of water between meals.
Schedule a SADI-S Consultation Today
If you’re ready to explore your candidacy for SADI-S surgery, schedule a consultation with the compassionate team at Tijuana Bariatrics. New and existing patients can contact our team by sending us a secure message online.