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After Gastric Bypass Surgery - What if I Can't Eat?

 


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For many patients who undergo a gastric bypass surgery, the concept of eating as they know will no longer be possible. From the point that the surgery is completed, the doctor starts you on liquid food usually fed through an IV before you get upgraded to liquefied shakes for meals. During the first 5 days of recovery, most if not all patients will have a very hard time eating anything at all. This can go on for several weeks but eventually the patient will be able to slowly start consuming food.

The main reason that many patients cannot eat right after the completion of the surgery is not because the pouch is only the size of an egg, but because this egg sized pouch is swollen shut. As any one knows, swelling is a natural part of any recovery process. The most important thing though is not so much the consumption of food, but the ingestion of liquids. We can go weeks without eating, but going a day without some type of liquid will cause anyone to become dehydrated.

Remember that before going into the surgery, you were overweight. After the surgery you are still overweight because it has not been burnt off yet. This fat is the body's storage of the basic building blocks. Depending on your size you would be amazed at how long you can go without having any medical issues. Just remember that even if you are unable to eat, you have to drink water to keep your body hydrated.

As time goes on the swelling will gradually decrease and the act of drinking water will also help to lower the swelling. Once the swelling of the pouch starts to go down, you will soon find yourself being able to eat pureed foods. Once you are capable of eating you will want to focus on high protein foods because as your body burns off the weight to compensate for you lack of eating, your muscle mass will burn off as well. It is important to note that although peanut butter is an excellent source of good protein, not to eat any as it has been known to clog up the bowels. No one wants to have their system clogged up as it leads to vomiting among other things.

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