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So I want to know more about this dumping thing. When I was getting ready for surgery my doctor never mentioned anything about it, and none of the information he gave mentioned it either. A couple months before my surgery I started reading about it in forums like this one, and it seems like an awfully major thing to not mention. So I brought it up to the some of my doctor's nurses and all I got was cagey non-answers. So I had the surgery, doing pretty good, getting in the Protein and Water groove and lost 45 pounds in 5 weeks. BUT I'm sacred to death of dumping and this casts a shadow over trying anything new. I ate 4 cherries the other day because they were so good, but I worried the whole time because someone on this site said they dumped on cantalope. I was fine with the cherries, btw. I'm worried that I may be at work or awya from home and have a bout of dumping which would be really bad.

What I want to know is:

1. Do ALL gastic bypass patients dump?

2. What is the riskiest thing to eat: sugary things (including fruit) or oily stuff?

3. What if you were away from home and dumped? Has anyone experienced this?

I'm not planning to binge on sweets or grease, I'm happy with my wait loss and want to continue it. I just want some answers so I don't continue to be so fearful about eating.

Thanks for any imput!!

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From what I've read, only about 30% of bypass patients and very few sleeve patients dump. Usually on sugar but also on high fat foods, for some people. From what I can tell, it's best to eat "new" foods at home the first time in case they don't agree with your new tiny tummy (this is true even if you don't dump - some things can make you throw up: I ate some dry chicken a few weeks after surgery and threw up!).

If I were you, I'd be very careful with what I ate when out of the house, and "experiment" more when I was near my own bathroom!

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Not every bypass patient dumps. It’s about 30% like lizonaplane said and not everyone of them dumps on things such as fruit. I think it’s mostly from large quantities of added sugars for most people. It’s a good idea to try anything new at home for the first time though. Just in case. And any sweet treats I would start with maybe a bite to see. Wait a few hours before trying any more than that. Or better yet. Just avoid it alltogether. Better for your weight loss.

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To repeat again, only about 30% of Gastric Bypass patients dump to any degree. Back when I had surgery 50% was the quoted rate, but back then the bypasses were a bit more distal which would make dumping more likely.

I am one of the few, the proud, the dumpers! I dump on sugar and fats. Less so on fats. Not enough to dump on cheese, thank goodness.

I am glad I dump as it takes sugar off my menu when otherwise I would abuse the crap out of it. While dumping sounds horrible, it's not quite as bad as it sounds. I don't often dump these days as I have a good sense of how much sugar I can consume when. When I am fatigued, stressed, sick, or in other ways out of sorts I dump easier, so at such times I try to be extra careful, but still misjudge and it get's me. When I'm in public I don't do sugars at all, though I don't do them much anyhow.

I asked my surgeon for a little extra bypass, a little extra restriction, and dumping. 18+ years later I still dump, my restriction is still in place. I have no clue on the extra bypass.

I have dumped on fruit but rarely. My first dumping episode, at about 3 months post-op, was orange juice.

Good luck,

Tek

Edited by The Greater Fool

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I got my revision to bypass about 6 months ago and (knock on wood) never dumped. And I eat fruit almost every day, usually either an apple or cantaloupe. If I eat something which is sugary (processed sugar, not natural) I sometimes feel a little "off" but nothing really bad or incapacitating, that's the worst it gets.

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I eat a ton of fruit every day and have never dumped. I once ate a cup of Cheerios Cereal though and my heart raced. I didn't have any other symptoms but it was a strange feeling for sure. Someone earlier said that was some form of dumping. Other than that one time, it never happened again but then again i don't eat a cup of cereal with sugar in one sitting anymore lol. It was an exception for me due to the circumstances.

My mother in law has serious dumping issues but that's because she eats Cookies, cake and more and ignores any and all bypass rules. She has to live in the bathroom (diarrhea) and then lay down for hours. She had no issues with fruit, just sweets like cookies and candy... Etc.

For the most part, most don't dump as others have said.

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Everyone is different. Some people don't have any dumping ever, some are sensitive to sugar, some to fats, some both sugar and fat (boooo!) And then everyone has different tolerences as well - one person may dump on a small amount of sugar and someone else may be able to tolerate more but can't do, like, ice cream or cake levels of sugar. Your team DEFINITELY should have talked to you about dumping and the possibility of it with gastric bypass/RNY. I'd be a little leery of a bariatric staff that doesn't want to be transparent with you...

I'm 3 months out and have yet to have an instance of dumping (knock on wood). I'm just starting now to incorporate some fruit - I also love cherries! I haven't tried them yet though, mostly because I'd never eat the entire bag before it goes bad haha. I've had some pretty fatty things, and I'm very glad I don't seem to be a fats dumper!

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Thanks for all the info. I don't know yet if I will dump or not, but I'm not going to push it. At two months cherries seem ok, but I have to spit out a little of the skin (sorry..) but 9-10 is max my stomach will allow. I have had the foamies a couple times, I have a bad habit of eating too fast, but know I watch the clock and wait a minute between every two bites, that seems to help. I'm going up to Napa for my birthday in July, I hope by then my stomach will be a little less sensitive by then.

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