Before surgery, you need to follow an 850-1000 calorie diet to reduce the glycogen (storage form of carbohydrate), water and fatty deposits in the liver. This reduces the liver’s overall size and allows the surgeon to safely move the liver aside, reducing the risk of surgical complications. It also helps with the transition between your normal diet and the liquid diet that you will follow for the first 2 weeks post-op. The pre-operative diet is not optional it is mandatory. If the diet is not followed the surgeon may refuse to operate on you. A large liver may cause the surgeon to abandon the operation.
3 shakes/porridge + 2 soups + 5 portions fruit/veg per day
A pre-op diet of 5 days is generally required although you may have been advised at consultation to follow the diet for longer. It needs to be nutritionally balanced, low in fat, low in carbohydrates and with moderate protein and we highly recommend the Weight to Go diet outlined below. We also recommend taking a multivitamin and calcium supplement every day to ensure good concentrations of vitamins and minerals, important for post-operative recovery and healing.
Recommended Pre-op Daily Menu (follow for min 5 days before surgery)
| Breakfast || 1 Weight to Go porridge with 1 fruit portion |
| Mid morning snack || 1 Weight to Go shake with 1 fruit portion |
| Lunch || 1 Weight to Go soup + side salad |
| Mid afternoon snack || 1 Weight to Go shake with 1 fruit portion |
| Dinner || 1 Weight to Go soup with veg or side salad |