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What Can I Eat Following a Sleeve Gastrectomy?

A sleeve gastrectomy physically reshapes your stomach and changes the way that you experience hunger pangs. As a result, how and what you eat are very important to your recovery and the long-term benefits the procedure offers.

Before and for a period after your sleeve gastrectomy, Dr. Jay will advise you to stay on an all liquid diet, which should include the nutrients that your body needs. This will help with both the surgery and the healing process.

After this initial period and once Dr. Jay gives you the go-ahead, you can begin to eat soft foods as well as liquids. You will still be restricted to eating a small amount of food, however. This progressive approach is necessary because your body needs time to adapt to the new shape and functioning of your stomach.

Eating too much at once after sleeve gastrectomy can cause you discomfort because the stomach isn’t ready to digest this size portion. Eating too little can keep you from getting the nutrition your body needs to function and heal properly. Liquids are especially important during this time because your body is working extra-hard in recovery and it is easy to become dehydrated.

After a visit with Dr. Jay in which he gives approval, you can start to add solid foods back to your diet. The big challenge with solid versus soft foods is their ease of digestion: the less “broken down” your food is, the more your stomach has to work.

In addition, there will be a period of adjustment after sleeve gastrectomy. Old behaviors may tell you that you should eat much more, while your stomach may feel full and you may not actually have hunger pangs. Focusing on the way you are feeling instead of these learned behaviors can help you know when to stop eating.

Over the long-term, Dr. Jay may recommend that you visit with our nutritionist. An experienced professional can work with you to plan meals that keep you feeling full, losing weight, and staying healthy. Vitamins and supplements may be a part of his or her recommendations to ensure that your body gets the right nutrition.

If you are planning to have a bariatric procedure and are interested in learning more about sleeve gastrectomy, email or call Dallas Bariatric Center at 972-331-1111 for an appointment.

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