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Did anyone have to do this after bypass - my nutritionist mentioned it casually yesterday but it sounds awful - and strange for someone with a brand new egg-stomach to swallow "as much and as quickly as I can" What were your experiences? did you have one?

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Yes. But the swallow test was like one swallow. They do it to make sure you don’t have a leak. You can do it!!

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Just now, jacky0218 said:

Yes. But the swallow test was like one swallow. They do it to make sure you don’t have a leak. You can do it!!

Oh whew! I was worried - but I think I can do that! Thank you!

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I was never required to have a swallow test. Maybe it's because I'm allergic to contrast media with iodine. Then again, it was never even mentioned as a post-surgical requirement. I probably had one of the most hands-off bypasses ever.

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I'm sorry , Missouri-Lee's Summit, I just got a mental image of them doing it with long handled salad bowl tools. Okay toss that liver to the side, and pour some dressing in!
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I've had a barium swallow test before, which is how I know about my allergy. It wasn't that bad. You have to drink something chalky and then they watch the liquid (via technology that I can't recall the name for) run its course in your body. No salad tongs involved.:)

You are my hero, Frustr8! You, go, big sister! (big as in older, not big as in big).

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I had to do it, i really thought they was going to make me drink a lot. But literally they had two cups on the table not a lot in either. I think i took 4 sips in total only because of the extra small sips I was taking lol. It was all of 5 minutes. Not bad at all
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Ugh that contrast is THE nastiest tasting stuff! But you will survive.

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I had a swallow test after gastric bypass. I’m glad they did one to ensure no issues before leaving the hospital.

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It is only one shot glass size dose of nastiness. It is over before you know it.

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I did for my lap band, and because they withheld fluids for 24 hours, I actually asked for more - that's how parched I was. I don't like doing them because of the radiation involved, but I did get nuked pre-surgery to see how my lap band was working.

For the bypass revision, the doc was fine knowing that I could drink regular things and not throw up.

If there is a cool thing about the barium swallow is...how do I say this...your body cannot digest it at all...so it goes in white...and comes out white :)

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