What is dumping?
Foods high in sugar and some fats will cause the intestine to release vasoactive chemicals which cause sweating, flushing, weakness, fatigue, and sometimes abdominal cramps and diarrhea—a phenomenon called ‘dumping.’
Will I experience dumping?
Dumping will occur if a large amount of foods high in sugar and fats are consumed after the procedure has taken place. It is imperative to stick to the diet guidelines set forth by your doctor.
Will I be required to drink protein shakes?
No. The shakes ensure adequate protein and calorie intake after surgery, which is important for healing and other reasons. A liquid diet ensures that the pouch and opening will not be stretched early on when that is more easily accomplished. The shakes also interpose a significant change between the way you have eaten and the way we hope that you will eat in the future. Because the shakes are somewhat monotonous, once you switch to a low fat, more healthy diet it will be ‘tasty’ by comparison and therefore more likely to be preferred in the long run.
How can I prevent stretching out my new stomach?
Don’t eat aft er you feel full.
Does surgery affect how well I absorb my medications?
Generally speaking not, but with certain medications it may be wise to check blood levels after surgery.
How long before I can go to work? Exercise? Drive a car?
We advocate walking and light weight lifting immediately after surgery. Typically patients can return to normal activities two to three weeks after their procedure.
Will I ever eat normally again?
It depends on what you mean by normal. Many overweight people eat more and make higher calorie food choices than the rest of the population. So it is possible that you were not eating ‘normally’ to begin with. After surgery although you can eat small amounts of anything, we hope that you will choose low fat foods for the most part. Also you will in general consume fewer calories than someone your size who was not previously overweight. You could eat frequent small amounts of high calorie foods and gain your weight back.
What kind of exercise should I do after surgery?
We advocate increasing two kinds of exercise as part of a post surgical lifestyle change: 1) Increase the difficulty of unscheduled everyday activities. For example, try to walk farther—a pedometer is helpful in this regard—climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator; volunteer for small tasks that you might not otherwise choose. 2) Schedule workouts two or three or four times a week simply for the purpose of exercising. Although any activity is helpful, weightlifting is the most efficient for extra weight loss.
Will I need plastic surgery after I lose weight to remove loose skin?
Whether plastic surgery is desirable depends on how old you are (skin is less elastic with age) how much weight you lose (the more the more skin) and individual differences in elasticity. Loose skin bothers some more than others, but there is nothing shameful about wanting to look your best.
How much food can I eat after surgery?
The gastric pouch although initially very small has a hole in the bottom so that a reasonable amount of food can be eaten if taken slowly. As time passes the pouch enlarges and where initially only one or two bites could be taken without a sense of fullness, later a small adult meal can be consumed. As it becomes possible to eat more food it becomes also more important to have developed good habits with regards to food choices.
Are there specific foods or drugs that I should avoid after surgery?
Except for the tiny hormone replacement pills most tablets should be crushed after surgery. Foods high in sugar and some fats will cause the intestine to release vasoactive chemicals which cause sweating, flushing, weakness, fatigue and sometimes abdominal cramps and diarrhea—a phenomenon called "dumping".