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I'm only 2 1/2 weeks post op, and I'm feeling great - no issues with getting in protein/liquids, but I'm wondering if/when food will stop feeling so heavy in my stomach. Or is that feeling just something to get used to?

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I have a family member that is 10 years post op...she said she still doesn't ever really feel full...there's just a "rock" like sensation where her stomach is.

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I'm 10 months post-op today and I've just started to feel normal when I eat. I don't feel my restriction much and I don't have as much burping/gurgling/etc with food.

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23 minutes ago, ShelterDog64 said:

I'm 10 months post-op today and I've just started to feel normal when I eat. I don't feel my restriction much and I don't have as much burping/gurgling/etc with food.

Well, that's something to look forward to, I guess. Thanks!

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I'm 2 and 1\2 weeks out as well. I had complication during my surgery that forced the doc to decrease the size of my stomach more than normal. I'm just now on 1\2 liquid and 1\2 soft. But everything I eat and drink feels like that rock mentioned above. You don't have any problem s getting your fluids in? I'm getting IV liquids 2x a week so far.🤔 Any tips for that?

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Hi! It took awhile before eating was "normal" - there was a period of time where I didn't even cook for my family post op because I didn't wan to look at food, let alone have that "heavy" feeling and uncomfortableness. I can say that carbs are the worst!! They will sit heavy no matter how long since surgery....at least that's my experience. Once you are able to eat soft foods, and so on just really, NO REALLY...TAKE YOUR TIME EATING...it makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD!!! I thought I had slowed down eating and I had but you truly need to eat like a snail...lol It will help with the digestion and less heavy feeling. Good luck!!!!

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41 minutes ago, timberlands said:

I'm 2 and 1\2 weeks out as well. I had complication during my surgery that forced the doc to decrease the size of my stomach more than normal. I'm just now on 1\2 liquid and 1\2 soft. But everything I eat and drink feels like that rock mentioned above. You don't have any problem s getting your fluids in? I'm getting IV liquids 2x a week so far.🤔 Any tips for that?

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For me, it's been all about temperature. I have found that room temperature and warm liquids go down easier. I also don't drink plain Water - I've been using Crystal Light and Mio to flavor it (both are sugar free). Before surgery, I hated that stuff, but for whatever reason it makes all the difference now.

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33 minutes ago, Kimmy0926 said:

Hi! It took awhile before eating was "normal" - there was a period of time where I didn't even cook for my family post op because I didn't wan to look at food, let alone have that "heavy" feeling and uncomfortableness. I can say that carbs are the worst!! They will sit heavy no matter how long since surgery....at least that's my experience. Once you are able to eat soft foods, and so on just really, NO REALLY...TAKE YOUR TIME EATING...it makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD!!! I thought I had slowed down eating and I had but you truly need to eat like a snail...lol It will help with the digestion and less heavy feeling. Good luck!!!!

Thanks! I'm still really struggling with eating slowly. It's so much harder than I thought it would be. Luckily, I have the rest of my life to work on it...:lol:

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Thanks! I'm still really struggling with eating slowly. It's so much harder than I thought it would be. Luckily, I have the rest of my life to work on it...:lol:

I struggle with eating slowly too! It's such a hard habit to get into. I've ended up sick my last couple of meals.


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I think it is always going to depend on what your eat, the moisture content and the amount.

I can eat some things with zero restriction, other things are like a rock bu only if I eat too much. It just varies. You learn.

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Yes. Eating slowly and chewing well are lessons that hit me in the stomach. Literally. If I don't heed them..
I use a lot of Soups and stews this far out. I get liquid and my body doesn't seem to reject it. Beans and split peas. Who would have guessed? Not me
( banded 12/06)


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