Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program

Patient Resources


Prior to undergoing bariatric surgery, patients in the Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program must complete a series of evaluations. They must also prepare for life after surgery by having the appropriate foods, drinks, dietary supplements and kitchen appliances on hand. The following lists will help patients in the Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program with this preparation.

Pre-surgery checklist
  • Attend the bariatric surgery patient information session with the surgeon and dietitian
  • Undergo pre-operative surgical consultation
  • Obtain pre-operative medical and/or cardiology consultation for surgical clearance
  • Complete all special pre-operative instructions
  • Obtain pre-operative tests as indicated at the initial consultation
  • Attend a pre-operative surgical education class with the program coordinator
  • Attend a pre-operative dietary education class with a registered dietitian/nutritionist
  • Undergo pre-operative psychology screening
  • Attend monthly support group meetings
  • Begin taking daily multivitamins
  • Purchase items needed for your post-operative diet
  • Begin an exercise program
  • Begin incorporating lifestyle changes
  • Consider a smoking cessation program
Pre-surgery shopping list

Equipment needed:

  • Food diary
  • Pill crusher
  • Blender or food processor
  • Measuring cup set with 1/8 and 1/4 cups and tablespoons/teaspoons
  • Strainer
  • Food scale (suggested, not required)

Groceries needed:

  • Whey or soy protein powders (refer to list in diet instruction packet)
  • Carb-conscious Carnation® Instant Breakfast (powder packets)
  • Non-fat dry skim milk powder
  • Skim milk, 1% milk or soy milk
  • Fat-free or low-fat Lactaid® milk for individuals who are lactose intolerant or who have had the Roux-en-Y procedure
  • Decaffeinated coffee and/or tea
  • Non-calorie beverages
  • Bottled water (if preferred over tap water)
  • Sugar substitute
  • Sugar-free gelatin, pudding or ice popsicles
  • Sorbet or sherbet
  • Plain or light yogurt (sweetened with NutraSweet®)
  • Unsweetened 100% fruit juice or "lite" juice
  • Clear broth or bouillon
  • Cream-based soups (made with allowed milk products and strained)
  • Chewable multivitamins
  • Calcium citrate supplements (refer to list in diet instruction packet)