Patient Tips

Before Surgery

Test-drive the diet.

Start by taking smaller bites (try using a baby spoon) to prepare yourself for eating after your procedure.
Set down your utensil between bites. This will help to ensure that you have chewed your food completely. If you don't put your utensil down, you will go into "auto pilot" and be ready with the next spoonful before your food is thoroughly chewed. If you have to, put your utensil down and go in another room until you are done chewing. Then come back for the next bite.
Learn to drink smaller mouthfuls, so as not to overfill your pouch. Use a cup with a float device that will only allow you to drink 15 cc or ½ oz of liquid at one time.