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So you know how after the diet you are suppose to be put on the liquid diet for the first 48 hours the the apple sauce Jello etc .. well is there any risk of skipping a couple steps and 4 days after the surgery you eat mashed potatoes shredded chicken? ? Honestly I have had it already and I feel good I am not throwing up or anything just feel full quick which I know is normal ..

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Felix - The vets will chime in here. My theory is that they give us this post op diet and timeline for a reason...even though we feel ok, it takes a heckuva lot more work for your stomach to process the mushies than it does the liquid and you could potentially do some damage. At the very least I would discuss it with your doc and get clearance to move on before you just do it on your own. You may feel ok now, but after a couple of days of eating mushies your band and pouch may retaliate.

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well since the insides are healing, and your still swollen, and new sutures why not just eat whatever and not listen to your dr??

be thankful nothing has happened......some arent so lucky

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Jewelsm thanks that is what I was thinking to ask the Dr first he gave me a call about 30 minutes ago I missed it but ill call him back tomorrow.

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Yes, there's a huge risk. Your stomach has been sutured and needs time to heal. If you start going against your doctor's post op instructions, you risk ripping those stitches, stomach bleeding, and your band jeopardized entirely.

I'm not saying this to be mean, I'm saying this to be honest. You will have diet rules for the rest of your life to lose weight and keep it off. You will have rules to lose weight at all and live with your band. If you can't even follow some very simple post op rules long enough to give yourself time to heal you're just setting yourself up for long term failure.

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Do not skip steps... The diet is to allow you to heal.

If you can't stick to this what will happen later? Suck it up and just do it!

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I was progressed very fast by my physician post op, by the end of one full week I was allowed soft foods. The only thing I caution you about as being one of those VETS who has been successful, is that the band will never stop you. If you want something bad enough you will figure out a way to eat it and if at 4 days post op you do not follow your doctors instructions you risk not following them later. This process is hard, I won't lie and tell you it has been easy, I have cried, been depressed, and had to rewire and rethink every relationship I have ever had with food. My band and my success with my band happened because I followed my doctors rules, was I hungry sometimes, yes. Did you hurt your band, No, did you stretch your band, No. I wish you success with your band and your journey.

Stay focused and keep your goals in site!

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I was on liquids for two weeks post op because my dr wanted me healed property. Then I went to mushies..... Solids for me were abou at 4 wks post op

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So you know how after the diet you are suppose to be put on the liquid diet for the first 48 hours the the apple sauce Jello etc .. well is there any risk of skipping a couple steps and 4 days after the surgery you eat mashed potatoes shredded chicken?? Honestly I have had it already and I feel good I am not throwing up or anything just feel full quick which I know is normal ..

Why are you spending the money for the surgery, then ignoring the sound instructions your surgeon provided for your post op healing?

Through the initial stages of your journey you will likely have to rely on willpower, to me the same as "want power", to be successful to loose weight. You will be able to eat just about anything you want, and in quantities which exceed medically recommended standards. Just because you can eat that way does not mean that you should. That mindset is what it will take for you to learn how to work with your band, and be successful with weight loss.

If you are already ignoring instructions given by your surgeon, it does not bode well minimizing the importance of these instructions. Not for your health and well being, or for your weight loss.

Another essential thing to remember is that your medical team will always be the best and most important source for answering your medical and diet compliance questions. You are paying for their expertise, utilize it.

Best wishes for your successful journey...

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You've got a lot of good advice here. I ditto all of it ;) and say best wishes to you. You can do this! It will be worth it.

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Yes, there is a risk in not following your post-op diet. That's a common cause of band slips. Here's a link to an article on why it's not a good idea to cheat on your post-op diet:

http://www.lapbandtalk.com/topic/163124-help-guys-band-or-sleeve-im-scheduled-for-band-feb1/

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