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Nutrition &
Weight Optimisation

Being overweight makes the surgical journey more difficult. Reducing excess weight before surgery might help you to have a smooth recovery after surgery. See your GP to plan for some weight loss before surgery if your BMI is > 30.

A healthy diet with a wide variety of foods, the right amount of carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals, healthy fats and protein will promote: 
  • Good wound healing 

  • Getting back on your feet quicker 

  • Fighting infections more effectively  

  • Maintaining your strength 

Optimising weight and eating well before surgery will give you the best chance of a smooth post-op recovery.

Depending on your weight, it may be appropriate for you to follow a Very Low Energy Diet for a short period of time. Please discuss this option with your GP before starting this on your own.

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