More Post Op

My name is Gaby,  I am in  charge of following up with Dr. Aceves’ patients to see how they are doing.

I hope you had a nice trip back home. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Please do not forget to take your Nexium .
Patients who fail to take the Nexium may experience nausea, reflux and swelling which may lead to difficulty in eating. We recommend you avoid complications that are very easily preventable and plan on taking the Nexium for at least 3 months.

We recommend you have your first check up 3 months after surgery. 
It will consist of an upper GI and some blood work. 

The upper GI is an x-ray examination of the pharynx, esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine (also known as the duodenum) that uses a special form of x-ray called fluoroscopy and a contrast material
called barium.

Blood work could include checking the following... CBC ( to check anemia and lack of vitamin B12 ) and
SMACK 24 (sugar, cholesterol, calcium and hepatic functioning )

If you need to take blood pressure medication, please do not suspended it.  It is important that you start taking it right away. 

Any other type of medication please let me know so I can ask the doctor when you can start taking it.

A diet consisting of 600-800 calories and about 70 grams of protein should be the goal

Protein will not only help you heal and build muscle mass but acts as a natural appetite suppressant.

Concerning protein supplements here are a few ideas:

Isopure protein drinks - 40 grams of protein per bottle. 
Isopure you mix with water - 50 grams of protein.
You can find them at GNC.  

"Protein Water" by Kellogg’s - 5 grams of protein
You can find it at WallMart

Unjury  clear protein drinks - www.unjury.com
Not so good tasting.

New Whey Nectar Protein mix tastes very good but it is kind of expensive. It is said to be one of the best tasting protein products in the market today. You can get it at GNC

Some patients enjoy making popsicles and Jell-O Jigglers out of protein liquid. Others enjoy Swanson Clear  broth that comes in a can .

But most enjoy delicious homemade broth I have a recipe here with me in case you are interested,
let me know.

You can also buy “chicken broth powder” that contains 10 grams protein per serving. You can find it on Amazon.com.

When you start on full liquids try Matrix 5.0 protein drinks. Protein shakes and mixes are very good tasking.  You will need to wait until they are allowed in you food stage.

Advocare high protein drinks called “meal replacement shakes“ have vitamins added to them and are a great option too. 

FOLLOWING THE POST OP DIET IS VERY IMPORTANT
REMEMBER  WE ARE TRYING TO PROTECT THE STAPLE LINE
THE SCAR TISSUE IS STILL FORMING AROUND IT
DO NOT OVERFILL YOUR STOMACH AND DO NOT JUMP ANY FOOD STAGES

I hope this information helps you
Let me know if you have any questions
Best Wishes
Gaby
Dr. Aceves Office