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My doc said to avoid fruits in the first 4 weeks after surgery and then after I can have berries. I know fruit can be high in sugar I get why only berries but why can't I have berries now? I'm dying for a smoothie from tropical smoothie and I can add weigh and get sugar free. I can't stand these Protein Shakes anymore and while I can eat mushie foods I just really want something refreshing like that. I'm 7 days post op.

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For me fruit goes down VERY slowly because of the consistency. It's filled with so much Water that it's almost like eating and drinking at the same time depending on the fruit. Something that is heavy like meat, cheese, eggs, etc. all tend to drop right through the stoma stretching it just enough. Fruit however, can sometimes almost 'float' slowly down and even be uncomfortable at times.

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The reason he is withholding fruit for the first month is because they are high in acidity. Bandsters are prone to GERD/reflux, especially immediately after surgery because the stomach is already acidic due to the lack of solids. it's a good idea to avoid the fruits for now. It's also important to remember that if you start to develop GERD like symptoms to avoid other foods/drinks that increase acidity (so remember our fruit conversation, but things like coffee and alcohol are also culprits). Once you are past the first month, experiment because some fruits can be hard to eat. Fibrous ones are the most difficult (ie oranges).

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And the fruit skins if not peeled (apples) tends to pulp up above the band opening and stay for long periodss before dropping further into the stomach. This prevents you from eating the good foods and getting the nutrients needed.

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Besides healing from surgery, fruit is a complex carb. Yes, it's good for you, but it's a carb. Eat more Protein and veggies.

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