20 August 2008

  • This surgery usually involves a 4- to 6-day hospital stay (2 to 3 days for a laparoscopic approach). Most people can return to their normal activities within 3 to 5 weeks.
  • As with a gastric band operation, you must make a life long commitment to making the necessary changes in diet, starting with fluids only for the first week, then progressing to puréed food for the next three weeks and mashed food for the next two weeks.
  • You will eat considerably less food after the surgery than you are accustomed to eating now. For some time, you will not consume a normal diet, but eventually, you will be able to eat small amounts of almost any food. While it is possible for the newly-created stomach pouch to stretch some over time, it only holds about an ounce of food. The small pouch you are left with following gastric bypass makes overeating a thing of the past. If you eat more than the pouch can hold, you will feel pain and discomfort. You may even vomit up what you have eaten.
  • You will also need to take vitamin and mineral supplements for life as the surgery affects the absorption of these nutrients; including a multivitamin, B12, iron, calcium and avoiding sweets and fatty foods. You may need to work with a dietitian to plan meals.


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