Yes, you can have regular coffee or tea before surgery. Limit coffee to 8-16 oz per day and avoid coffee drinks that contain a lot of sugar, such as flavored coffee drinks, frappuccino’s, etc. It is also helpful to gradually decrease your caffeine intake before surgery to help decrease the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal that can occur after surgery. The first couple of months after surgery, avoid caffeine because of its diuretic effects, which cause you to lose valuable hydrating fluids through increased urination. Around 6 months post-op, most individuals can maintain their hydration status and enjoy a small (6-8 oz) cup of coffee on a regular basis.
US-registered Bariatric Dietitian
Katelyn Mock is a US-registered Bariatric Dietitian certified by the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. With more than 8 years of experience in formulating and reviewing diet programs across various hospital settings, Katelyn has also served as the Lead Bariatric Dietitian for the Ohio State University Medical Center.