Laparoscopic Associates of San Francisco

Getting Ready for Surgery: Shopping List

July 6th, 2011 Posted in Bariatric surgery, post weight loss surgery tips, Post WLS tips, Protein and calories, weight loss surgery, Weight loss surgery results

If you are in the process of preparing for weight loss surgery, making a shopping list and getting the necessary items are two things you can do ahead of time to make the post-op period smoother. Utilize your LapSF Postoperative Weight Loss Manual to help formulate a list.


Some common “must haves” are:

  • Vitamins: a liquid or chewable multivitamin (with folate and iron), chewable calcium, ADEK supplement, Vitamin B12 supplement
  • Protein supplements
  • Protein-packed chicken or beef broth 
  • Sugar free jello
  • Sugar-free popsicles
  • Non-fat milk
  • ½ cup measuring utensil (1/2 c = 4 oz)
  • Water bottles or measuring glass to keep track of fluid intake

Please note your LapSF Postoperative Weight Loss Manual (according to your weight loss surgery) will have the specific supplement/vitamin requirements. When purchasing protein supplements aim at getting a variety of flavors so you don’t become bored with one taste. Supplements should be at least 15 grams of protein per serving. The more protein per serving the better, though you want to stay low on the carbohydrate and calories. If you haven’t already, take a look at our online eStore to see the protein supplements, soft foods, and vitamins & minerals that we have available. Getting these things ahead of time is one less thing to worry about so you can focus on your weight loss surgery results!


If you have any questions about stocking up before your weight loss surgery journey, please don’t hesitate to email Alisha, our dietitian, at

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