Post-Op Stomach Phases with Gastric Sleeve
Gastric sleeve surgery is a tool that can have a profound effect on your long-term health. In the short term, gastric sleeve focuses on restriction for the patient to feel satiety, while their body utilizes the excess fat in their bodies as energy.
With this newly reduced stomach, patients will only be able to consume small amounts of food. With only a few bites, patients will be malnourished in the long run but in the short term, causes significant weight loss.
Stomach Size: Post-Op Meal Size
- 1 Month: 1 – 2 ounces of solid food
- 6 Months: 4 – 6 Ounces
- 1 Year and beyond: 6 – 8 ounces
All solid food is measured by weight, not by volume
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Stomach Response To Food Intake
Our stomach is made up of folds or mucosal lining called ‘Rugae’ which permits expansion and contraction as a direct response to our food intake. In general, the food you eat gets chewed and swallowed through your mouth and passes through the esophagus into your stomach to be broken down by acids.
The food moves relatively rapidly through the sleeve and into the intestinal tract. As you continue to eat, more food enters the stomach to be processed. Food passing through the stomach and intestine triggers stretch receptors release a chemical called cholecystokinin (CCK) to signal your brain to send signals you experience as feelings of fullness or satiety. In overweight people, the hunger and fullness signals (CCK mechanism) may not function properly.
When your stomach is overstretched, you are constantly overeating. Since it takes a longer time for your stomach to fill up and you will eat larger quantities of food before your brain can signal satisfaction and fullness.
Preventing Your Stomach Stretching
- Take small bites
- Eat slowly, pause between bites and chew your food to enjoy the taste.
- Be cognizant of your body’s response to being satisfied.
- Use a smaller plate as smaller plates hold less food.
- Avoid overeating
- Portion Control
- Do not drink when you eat. Stop all liquids thirty minutes before and thirty minutes after. This will allow fluids to not to take up space for nutrient-dense foods or push the food through faster.
- Stop mindless snacking; the only snack when you are physically hungry and chose whole food options like nuts, avocado, boiled eggs, vegetables, and fruits
- Use healthy recipes that are suitable for people who have gone through sleeve surgery.
- Remember progress, not perfection; stay focused on your “why.”
- Create a healthy routine
- Get involved in our support group – Mexico Bariatric Center via Facebook.
- Get help if need from our Nutritionist and Health Coach.
Are You Ready to Make the Life Long Commitment?
Although weight loss surgery is one of the most successful tools for long-term weight loss, it is important to understand the surgery is NOT a weight loss guarantee. People go into weight loss surgery thinking they have instant success, this for many is not the case. There is a set of bariatric guidelines that are essential for long-term success.
For long-term weight loss success, this decision is much more than just deciding to have bariatric surgery. You need to prepare and realize that changes will need to be made in many areas of your life like work, family, and social life. Remember this is a lifestyle commitment which means you are committing to changing a variety of aspects in your current life.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy)
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) performed laparoscopically has become the most prominent bariatric surgery performed today. Gastric sleeve surgery produces long-term weight loss for obese patients.
Gastric sleeve surgery reduces the size of your stomach and the hunger hormone, Ghrelin. You do not get hungry as much and feel full faster. The restrictive component of the surgery leads to weight loss in the long run.
Weight loss surgery is a very powerful tool to ASSIST you in long-term weight loss. Before you take the step to have bariatric surgery be sure to think about all the reasons you want to have surgery and is it worth the effort, it will take on your part, to make the lifestyle changes that are essential for long-term success.
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