Life after weight-loss surgery
Be concern everything is going to change.
Gastric surgery can definitely change a patient’s life for the better, but there are also some serious risks and profound life changes that go along with surgery.
You may have just started to think about weight-loss surgery. Or you may have already made the decision to have surgery. Weight-loss surgery can help you:
- Lose weight
- Improve or eliminate many health problems
- Improve your quality of life
- Live longer
What Does Rapid Weight Loss Feel Like?
As you lose weight quickly over the first 3 to 6 months, you may feel tired or cold at times. You may also have:
- Body aches
- Dry skin
- Hair loss or hair thinning
- Mood changes
These problems should go away as your body gets used to the weight loss and your weight becomes stable. It is important that you follow our recommendations for eating enough protein and taking vitamins.
Do Eating and Drinking be Different?
You will be on a liquid or puréed foods diet for 2 or 3 weeks after surgery. You will slowly add soft foods and then regular foods to your diet. You will likely be eating regular foods by 6 weeks.
At first, you will feel full very quickly, often after just a few bites of solid food. The reason is that your new stomach pouch or gastric sleeve will hold only a small amount of food soon after surgery. Even when your pouch or sleeve is larger, it may not hold more than about 1 cup (240 milliliters) of chewed food. A normal stomach can hold up to 4 cups (1 liter) of chewed food.
Once you are eating solid food, each bite must be chewed very slowly and completely, up to 20 or 30 times. Food must be a smooth or puréed texture before swallowing.
- The opening for your new stomach pouch will be very small. Food that is not chewed well can block this opening and may cause you to vomit or have pain under your breastbone.
- Each meal will take at least 30 minutes.
- You will need to eat 6 small meals throughout the day instead of 3 big meals.
- You will need to avoid snacking between meals.
- Some foods may cause some pain or discomfort when you eat them if they are not chewed well. These include pasta, rice, bread, raw vegetables, or meats, and any dry, sticky, or stringy foods.
- You will need to drink up to 8 glasses of water or other liquids that do not have calories every day.
- Avoid drinking anything while you are eating, and for 60 minutes before or after you eat. Having liquid in your pouch will wash food out of your pouch and make you hungrier.
- Like with food, you will need to take small sips and not gulp.
- DO NOT use straws because they bring air into your stomach.
Weight-loss surgery can help train you to eat less. But surgery is only a tool. You still have to make the right food choices.
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Dr. Juan Arellano and his highly-skilled staff at Mexico Bariatric Team are with you every step of the way in your weight loss journey. We are committed to helping our patients achieve their weight loss goals and achieve optimum health. Learn more about some of our amazing patients and their life-changing procedures
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