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Hi everyone my surgery got delayed again for another 8 days. Yesterday I had felt really weird and it scared me, I think my blood pressure was way to low so I ate a half of a boiled egg and had a piece of candy. I’m on a liquid diet to shrink my liver and I lost 14 pounds already. Hope this isn’t tmi but I haven’t been able to use the bathroom so I was wondering would the egg and candy still be in my stomach days later.

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Typically, you stop eating after midnight before any gastric procedure (surgery, endoscopy, etc.) which allows plenty of time for the stomach to empty. For surgeries or procedures that work farther down in the intestines or colon, they will usually do a liquid diet the day before, sometimes with a laxative bowel prep, to clean out the rest of the GI tract if that is needed. So, if you continue your specified liquid diet, your cheat secret will be safe.

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57 minutes ago, RickM said:

Typically, you stop eating after midnight before any gastric procedure (surgery, endoscopy, etc.) which allows plenty of time for the stomach to empty. For surgeries or procedures that work farther down in the intestines or colon, they will usually do a liquid diet the day before, sometimes with a laxative bowel prep, to clean out the rest of the GI tract if that is needed. So, if you continue your specified liquid diet, your cheat secret will be safe.

Thank u

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1 hour ago, Slightly Less Fatty Matty said:

The stomach typically empties in just a few hours.

Thank u

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