So many people struggle with their weight. This increase in weight can be due to various factors, especially the lifestyle of people has greatly changed than in the past. For those who have gained so much weight and diet and exercise are not enough, people resort to surgeries like gastric sleeve surgery as a solution.
But just like with other types of surgeries, there are a lot of considerations that should never be neglected as they can greatly affect the surgery. Most of these considerations happen after the surgery, especially when it comes to diet. After undergoing a gastric sleeve procedure and its recovery period, the eating habits of a person is expected to change.
- After undergoing a gastric sleeve surgery, the stomach will just have 100-150 milliliters so the patient feels full quickly. The stomach could enlarge again due to overeating.
- During the first 3-4 weeks, the patient can only eat foods low in calorie.
- Patients need to avoid sugar, especially those in liquids as they can slow down the weight loss process. This type of sugar cannot be considered as a real nutrient for the body.
- Fried and fatty foods should also be avoided as it is harder to digest these foods and they have low amounts of vitamins and minerals that the body needs.
- Patients should never eat greedily after having the surgery. Every amount of food should be properly and slowly chewed. In case the patient experiences saturation, he or she should stop eating. If vomiting happens after meals consecutively, the patient might develop a dehydrating symptom. When this happens, the patient needs to drink liquids that contain electrolytes and they can only start eating solid foods when they feel better.
- After the surgery, patients should be conscious of their daily liquid consumption. It is recommended that they drink at least 1.5 liters or more, depending on their weight and stature.
- If some symptoms occur like nausea, vomiting, headache, or the patient has dark urine, the patient should immediately inform a doctor.
- The patient should never drink fluids 15 minutes prior to his meal or 30-40 minutes after. Failure to do so can enlarge the stomach and make the dilute the digestive juices for proper digestion.
- After the procedure, the patient is not allowed to eat more than three meals a day. They should only eat when they are very hungry and have a snack in between their meals. Also, the food that should be eaten is those that are rich in nutrients. The recommended foods are cereals, fruits, and vegetables.
- It is also important to check intolerance to specific foods that may appear after the surgery. If a certain food is not well tolerated, the patient needs to take a break for at least a week.
- Different kinds of foods should be introduced gradually one at a time and should never be combined to avoid indigestion.
Being aware of these diet considerations will help avoid unnecessary complications and to make the most out of the surgery and its results.