How close do you follow your dr's Post Surgery plan?


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I had RnY Surgery on Sept 6th and so far am down 42 lbs. I followed the doctors instructions to the letter for the first 2 weeks but have been deviating a little here and there. I am still eating pretty much nothing but Protein. My diet consists mainly of eggs, cottage cheese, Greek Yogurt, re-fried Beans, lunch meat, chicken breast meat and the occasional can of cream Soup. everything I eat is the Low fat or No fat variety.

Here is where I have deviated, Today I had 2 cups of coffee (I am not suppose to have caffeine until week 8), I went back to puffing on the occasional cigar about 2 weeks ago, in the last week I have started having either wine or a little whiskey with my cigar. I was told not to go to the gym until week 6 but found myself there for the first time today (4 weeks after surgery).

I feel great and healthy and strong, I have plenty of energy. I had surgery on a Wednesday and would have gone back to work on Friday if I hadn't already turned in my time card for the week. I did go back to work the Monday after surgery and never had any problems, not even any discomfort.

I think everybody is different and we can all tolerate things differently. I don't think I am doing anything wrong when it comes to my recovery or weight loss but I do feel a little guilty for not following all the instructions I was given.

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I followed mine to the letter as well. I didn't want any complications and I wanted to get rid of the weight once and for all.

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I followed mine down to the letter.

It is common to do a little experimentation after surgery. That is how we learn. Some people can tolerate anything after surgery while others have problems and can tolerate very little. Weight loss is achieved during the short weight loss phase through meal volume control. The two operative words here are short and volume. So if you want to maximize your weight loss during this phase, you need to adhere to the program guidelines. I slid into the maintenance phase at 7 months.

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I still follow the diet guidelines completely, I still can't eat more than 1 egg at a meal or 4 oz of cottage cheese. The only place I really deviated was with the coffee yesterday morning and the occasional cigar (they don't want you to smoke whether you have had the surgery or not). They never said I couldn't have a drink from time to time they just told me I would feel the effects of the alcohol a lot quicker. The reason I was told to stay away from caffeine was because it slows down the healing process and after 4 weeks I thought I was pretty much healed. As far as going to the gym, I just can't sit still I want to get up and be doing things all the time. 2 days after surgery I resumed my 1 to 2 mile daily walks. I have always been very active and to sit around and do nothing for 6 weeks would kill me.

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Your stomach is not healed. The initial scar tissue isn't completely in place until 6-8 weeks postop. Leaks can still happen until 9 weeks postop.

Smoking will slow down the healing process.

Your stomach is still tender, raw, and swollen at 3 and 4 weeks postop.

Please follow your doctor's plan for the first 9 weeks. If you wonder about the veracity of my statements, feel free to ask your team.

Edited to add... I noticed you are a bypass patient. Leaks may not be as much of a concern for you (I was thinking sleeve), but ulcers and strictures ARE a concern, so you don't want to irritate your pouch. Again, please ask your team.

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Note... you say you are eating pretty much nothing but protein... realize that the dairy products, even if unsweetened, contain naturally occurring carbs in the form of lactose which is milk sugar. And the refried Beans have carbs as well, though it's Fiber. Even eggs contain carbs and fat. Not saying they aren't good things to eat, just making sure you and others who read this are aware.

1/2 C 2% cottage cheese- 14g Protein, 4g milk sugar, 2.5 fat

1/2 c fat free cottage cheese -15g protein 5g carbs (my plan would prefer the fat to carbs)

Greek yogurt--all six oz servings

2% plain - 20g protein, 4g fat, 8g carbs

Fat free pain - 23 protein, 0 fat, 9g carbs

Oikos triple zero 15g protein 14g carbs (almost equal!)

Dannon light and fit 12g protein, 9g carbs

(The sugar added are even more sugar of course)

1/2 Fat free refried beans-

rosarita- 6g protein, 18 carb

Bush's 9 protein, 24 carb

Kroger 7 protein, 20 carb

Egg 6g protein, 4g fat, 1g carb

Why would you trust your surgical team to literally cut you open and then not follow their dietary advice? At least for a couple of months? Better yet, why not six months or a year? Alcohol, cigars, coffee will all be there in a few months. So will the gym. How do you know you can tolerate it?

Usually when we feel guilty it's because we know we are doing something wrong, even though we may say we aren't. When we are truly not doing something wrong we don't feel guilty.

But you asked a question. I followed my doctors rules to the letter for a year till I was at goal. I chose the surgeon I trusted so I trusted them to know way more than I did about weight loss surgery and how to make the best recovery and lose weight most efficiently and permanently. I still follow it most of the time and I'm four years out.

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as stated earlier, I am following the diet with the exception of having 2 cups of coffee yesterday. Other than that I have eaten exactly what they have told me I could eat. I have no plans or desire to eat out side their set plan for me.

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Smoking and drinking this soon could irritate the stomach. That's what might be off plan. I don't worry too much about the coffee (but combined with these other things, it could be "the straw").

Drinking, eventually, isn't usually a problem. Ask your team how soon you can start. The typical answer is 6 months to a year postop.

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as stated earlier, I am following the diet with the exception of having 2 cups of coffee yesterday. Other than that I have eaten exactly what they have told me I could eat. I have no plans or desire to eat out side their set plan for me.


Sorry, alcohol counts.


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