About Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastric Sleeve surgery , also known as (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy or VSG) is a procedure in which a large portion of the stomach is removed, thereby reducing the capacity for food intake and promoting long term weight loss at an accelerated rate.
This procedure has grown increasingly in popularity as people from across the globe research and learn of it’s potential benefits. However, it is important to note that this procedure does come with risks, many of which can be avoided through appropriate adherence to postoperative guidelines. This article covers the importance of adhering to dietary guidelines after surgery and the risks involved with giving in to food cravings.
Why People May Ignore Gastric Sleeve Diet Guidelines
Many who undergo bariatric surgery such as sleeve still have a deep rooted psychological component to weight loss 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.
Risks of Ignoring Dietary Guidelines After Gastric Sleeve Surgery
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:
Mild to Moderate Risks
- 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).
- 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, milk shakes, and full calorie beverages to facilitate weight loss success.
Severe and Immediate Risks
- Perforated Stomach (Leak):
- Eating solid foods before the stomach is ready can lead to serious damage. A perforated stomach can lead to sepsis (infection of the abdominal cavity). Symptoms of sepsis can include severe stomach pain, chills, fever, nausea, vomiting. This situation requires immediate medical attention.
- Septic Shock:
- This is the most common cause of death in intensive care units across the United States. Where it can originate from that particularly relates to gastric sleeve are 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 Postoperative Guidelines
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
Mexico Bariatric Center