Scared of stretching pouch


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I'm three weeks out as of today and my surgeon has put me on solid food, and I'm scared to death that I'm going to stretch my pouch. I find myself sometimes over doing it and throwing up. Someone please help. What can I do to prevent this? And name some solid food that everyone is eating?

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If you have a sleeve, it's almost impossible to stretch it substantially. It would take years of systematic overeating to the point of vomiting to stretch it significantly. The fundus, or "stretchy" part of the stomach, is removed with the sleeve.

Weigh and measure everything and stop when you're finished (even before as soon as you "feel" it). That's the one sure way to keep from overeating to the point of vomiting.

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It really is difficult to stretch it much depending on how your surgeon did the procedure. As you heal and the swelling continues to go down you will be able to eat a bit more so it may feel like it's been stretched. At this point you should still be measuring your intake and taking it easy on portions. The surgery cuts into some pretty serious nerves making it hard to determine full sensation for awhile. This is another good reason to measure your food. When you know that 5 ounces makes you sick then make sure you only measure 4 for a while.

Throwing up is a sure sign that you are eating too much or too fast.

Good luck

Edited by Pam_2-06-2017

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I have found that softer foods such as chili and Soups went down much easier than harder foods such as chicken and steak, so that is what I concentrate on. I have included some recipes at the end of the following article. http://www.breadandbutterscience.com/Surgery.pdf

But at three weeks out, I would check with your guidelines about approved food groups. It still might be a little too soon. Anyways the transition to solids can be hard, so take your time, no need to rush.

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If you have a sleeve, it's almost impossible to stretch it substantially. It would take years of systematic overeating to the point of vomiting to stretch it significantly. The fundus, or "stretchy" part of the stomach, is removed with the sleeve.
Weigh and measure everything and stop when you're finished (even before as soon as you "feel" it). That's the one sure way to keep from overeating to the point of vomiting.



Thank you I had the gastric!! I'm doing better this week


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It really is difficult to stretch it much depending on how your surgeon did the procedure. As you heal and the swelling continues to go down you will be able to eat a bit more so it may feel like it's been stretched. At this point you should still be measuring your intake and taking it easy on portions. The surgery cuts into some pretty serious nerves making it hard to determine full sensation for awhile. This is another good reason to measure your food. When you know that 5 ounces makes you sick then make sure you only measure 4 for a while.
Throwing up is a sure sign that you are eating too much or too fast.
Good luck




Thank you I'm doing better this week!!!


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I have found that softer foods such as chili and Soups went down much easier than harder foods such as chicken and steak, so that is what I concentrate on. I have included some recipes at the end of the following article. http://www.breadandbutterscience.com/Surgery.pdf
But at three weeks out, I would check with your guidelines about approved food groups. It still might be a little too soon. Anyways the transition to solids can be hard, so take your time, no need to rush.



Thank you!!


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