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I'm hearing different things...... so can you eventually drink carbonated drinks after your surgery?

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Yes you can! But slowly. I haven't and don't intent to return to carbonated soft drinks. However I've had some very lightly sparkling wine and, drinking as slowly as ever, it was fine.

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You should always follow YOUR surgeon's recommendations. They have them for a reason. That being said, my plan does not prohibit carbonation after 6 months. I am 7 months post-op and I tried one sip of a carbonated drink a few weeks ago and it immediately came back up. For whatever reason, the fizz did NOT agree with me and it just sort of foamed its way out. For me, its not a big loss as I was never much of a soda drinker, but I know a lot of people who enjoy carbonated drinks and would prefer not to give them up. Definitely wait until you are fully healed, well established with your eating and Water habits, and its cleared by your surgeon. But it definitely CAN work for some folks post-op!

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it depends on the surgeon. Some say never again, some say it's OK once you're a ways out and your stomach can tolerate it.

my surgeon is in the "never again" camp, but I tried it when I was about three years out. Never again for me -- not only did my stomach not tolerate the carbonation, but it'd been so long since I'd had it that it tasted like chemicals to me. Gag.

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I'm not a big soda drinker but there are occasions that I like to drink a coke or Dr Pepper. I was just curious if it's a forever thing.

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I gave up diet cokes four years prior to my sleeve but my surgeon is no on carbonation too. I’m almost four years out so I’m like almost 8 years out from cokes!
But no Coors Light or Sparking Water for me.
I also don’t do straws. That is of debate among some based on surgeons recommendation. My surgeon is no straws too so I stick with that. I don’t miss carbonation or straws.
Like everyone here has said each surgeon has their set of rules of dos and donts. I was of the mind set of what ever his plan is for me I’m doing it. So this is his and I’m doing it. Works for me.

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My doctor said "never" and soda is not a big deal for me, so I haven't had any. But you'll find a lot of folks on here who do have soda sometimes (usually people whose surgery was quite a while back).

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It’s also not just a case of whether you’re allowed or not on your plan but also whether you are physically able. Some find they struggle with the gas - tightness, feel full & bloated, excessive belching, etc. Some drink them without issue.

Carbonation has always been an issue for me, terrible hiccups & discomfort, & that hasn’t changed. I didn’t drink a lot but also gave them up years ago because of the sugar content & artificial sweeteners. Didn’t & don’t miss them.

I will drink the occasional tonic or soda Water as a mixer or glass of champagne about once a month or less. I sip slowly &/or stir regularly so the bubbles abate. I do have a glass of sparkling water every day but I deliberately let it go flat.

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I asked my surgeon and he said straws are fine as long as I sip but never again on carbonation. I'm one that gets my caffeine from diet soda so it's gonna stink, but it'll be worth it, so I'll deal with it.

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My surgical team are in the "if you can tolerate it" camp. I'm 7 months out, and enjoy the occasional fizzy Water.

Soft-drink/sweet-sodas are a different thing entirely, but I've never been a fan of them, even pre-surgery. I had two little sips of lemonade/spite the other night (friend bought it for me thinking it might be ok for me) and it was absolutely revolting. Pure sugar, and so fizzy it was practically foam. So I'm missing nothing cutting that rubbish out completely.

Fizzy water/soda water/mineral water/whatever-it's-called-in-your-country, however, is something I have no trouble with and enjoy. Not to guzzle or drink quickly, but to sip on slowly.

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I have been trying to remember whether my surgeon's rules were no carbonation for the first six months or no carbonation ever again. That being said, I've been having two carbonated beverages a week for two years now, so I guess it's okay? I can only drink a couple of ounces at a time because the carbonation bloats me.

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9 hours ago, Arabesque said:

It’s also not just a case of whether you’re allowed or not on your plan but also whether you are physically able. Some find they struggle with the gas - tightness, feel full & bloated, excessive belching, etc. Some drink them without issue.

Carbonation has always been an issue for me, terrible hiccups & discomfort, & that hasn’t changed. I didn’t drink a lot but also gave them up years ago because of the sugar content & artificial sweeteners. Didn’t & don’t miss them.

I will drink the occasional tonic or soda Water as a mixer or glass of champagne about once a month or less. I sip slowly &/or stir regularly so the bubbles abate. I do have a glass of sparkling Water every day but I deliberately let it go flat.

Ok this is kind of what I was asking. (I just didn't word it correctly.) Is it physically possible. I'm ok not drinking them.but there are occasions I like to drink a good Carbonated soda. Especially when I have a cold 🤷🏼‍♀️ I was just wondering if the carbonation had side effects after surgery in the future. Thanks for this info

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When I was getting ready for surgery, my surgery center said no carbonation ever again. HOWEVER: right after surgery they announced that based on new research, we could have carbonation starting one month after surgery. I had been a huge diet soda drinker before surgery and was so excited, but I have to say I don't drink much anymore because it has to be a little flat for me to drink it, plus I really liked drinking it with my meals, and I definitely can't drink with my meals anymore.

I do have maybe two diet sodas a week. I basically switched to iced coffee, diet juice, and drink packets, because now plain Water is hard for me to drink.

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Isn't it funny what my stomach will tolerate, but yours won't--and vice versa? I did a bad thing, I ate something that was not on the list--grits--and never again, not for a long, long time... Soda is not good for me. Iced tea-my mainstay all my life--not now.

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I was enjoying a ball game and the stadium restricts bringing in Water. The venders ran out of water and I shared a diet soda with my son. I know why it’s restricted by doc, felt full of chemicals and air after two sips. If you can tolerate it great, I couldn’t. I used to love DC, divorced now 🥲

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