Sunday, December 08, 2019

Emergency essentials for weight-loss surgery patients

emergency weight-loss essentialsWeather disasters and other emergencies can happen anywhere at any time -- so it’s important for weight-loss surgery post-op patients to make the necessary preparations in the event of a catastrophe to avoid any adverse health complications that could occur as a result of failing to have the right supplies on hand.

The American Red Cross recommends that all individuals keep certain supplies on hand for emergencies, such as a first aid kit, water, food, flashlights, batteries, medications, cell phones, blankets, and maps -- but the list of essentials is much different for weight-loss patients who have just had bariatric surgery.

Below are emergency essentials you’ll need for each phase of your weight-loss surgery recovery program.

Essential items for new post-op patients

  • Clear broth or bouillon cubes or powder to mix in water
  • Protein supplements that can be mixed with water
  • Canned vegetable soup that contains soft vegetables and no sugar-based additives
  • Baby food jars of turkey, chicken, or beef that lacks any sugar-based additives
  • Natural sugar-free applesauce
  • Vitamin supply for multiple days
  • Can opener

Essential items for early post-op patients on solid foods

  • Canned tuna, chicken or beef with no sugar additives
  • Refried beans, fat-free
  • Canned fruits with no sugar added, no juice
  • Canned vegetables soft in texture
  • Vitamin supply for multiple days
  • Can opener
  • Any food items for new post-ops

Essential items for post-ops 1+ years after surgery

  • Beef, turkey, or chicken
  • Peanut butter and crackers made from whole wheat, high in fiber
  • Cans of beans
  • Cans of bean or lentil soup
  • Vitamin supply for multiple days
  • Can opener
  • Any food items for new and early post-ops

Malley Surgical Weight Loss Center encourages that weight-loss patients use Truestar vitamins and supplements to maintain a healthy body weight, promote weight loss, and provide their bodies with the minerals and nutrients needed to stay healthy and energetic. Contact us today to learn more about bariatric surgery and our comprehensive weight-loss program.

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