Gastric sleeve surgery (vertical sleeve gastrectomy) is a procedure in which a large portion of the stomach is removed. As a result, reducing the capacity for food intake and losing weight loss at an accelerated rate.
The gastric sleeve bariatric procedure has surged in popularity as people from across the world learn of its upside potential, health benefits, and weight loss effectiveness. However, it is important to note that this procedure does come with risks, many of which can be avoided by following the postoperative guidelines.
This article will uncover the importance of dietary guidelines after surgery and the risks involved with giving in to food cravings.
Why Do Patients Ignore Post-Op Diet After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Many who undergo gastric surgery such as sleeve gastrectomy still have a deep-rooted psychological component to obesity that may need to be addressed. Food can be used for emotional comfort to suppress feelings of anxiety and depression.
Food is often associated with joyous occasions like family gatherings, weddings, and parties. It can be a challenge to adapt to a post-op diet that starts with liquids after sleeve surgery. Dietary guidelines are important and failing to adhere to them can lead to serious consequences, some of which will be covered in this article.
Bariatric surgery is a tool. To maximize its effectiveness, it must be combined with a healthy diet and exercise.
Mild to Moderate Risks of Ignoring the Post-Op Diet
As stated, it is important that dietary guidelines be followed after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery.
If dietary guidelines are not adhered to, you run the risk of health issues which include the following:
1. Vomiting After Eating too Fast
After undergoing gastric sleeve surgery, the stomach can not take in as much and it is very sensitive. To avoid nausea and vomiting, eat slowly, and chew food to the consistency of applesauce. This may help to prevent overeating.
This is a sensation that some patients may experience as a feeling of food being stuck in the upper digestive tract (esophagus).
3. Lack of Weight Loss or Even Weight Regain from Poor Diet
After undergoing gastric sleeve surgery, it is still possible to over-consume calories. Avoid high-calorie liquids such as juice, fruit smoothies, milkshakes, and full-calorie beverages to facilitate weight loss success.
Severe and Immediate Risks of Ignoring the Post-Op Diet
1. Perforated Stomach (Leak)
Eating solid foods before the stomach is ready can lead to serious damage. A perforated stomach, or gastric leak, can lead to sepsis (infection of the abdominal cavity). Symptoms of leakage and sepsis can include severe stomach pain, chills, fever, nausea, vomiting. This situation requires immediate medical attention.
2. Septic Shock
This is the most common cause of death in intensive care units across the United States. This can result after gastric sleeve through stomach and digestive system infections. Should a patient overdo and damage the stomach, infection is a risk and can lead to septic shock. (Click here to read more about septic shock)
Benefits of Following the Post-Op Diet
Gastric sleeve surgery has great benefits that can be achieved through dedication and proper aftercare. Some benefits of gastric sleeve that can be achieved aside from long-term weight loss are:
- Overcoming type 2 diabetes
- Increased mobility
- Saying bye-bye to sleep apnea
- No more depression
- Improved sex life
- Reduced risk of certain types of cancer
If you are considering undergoing gastric sleeve surgery and have further questions, we welcome you to give us a call at 855-768-7247