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Hi everyone! I am 8 days post op gastric bypass. I think I’m doing pretty well. However, I had a few friends tell me that drinking fluids would be difficult. They said I’d probably only be able to take small sips for the rest of my life. But, I can get fluids down really easily. I don’t gulp or chug, but I can take pretty large sips and I have no discomfort or pain… does this mean something is wrong with my pouch?

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Congrats on your bypass! No worries - thin liquids will pass easily through your pouch. I was able to drink pretty large swallows a day or 2 after surgery. Once you transition to soft foods, you WILL feel the restriction!

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I was worried about the same thing I didn’t have issues with fluids and I didn’t have any issues with food so I just progress through the stages as my doctor leave them out for me and everything was fine

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I had the sleeve 2 months ago and i can drink a decent amount of Water at a time. Thought i would only be sipping forever but so not true.

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Thank you all so much! I was feeling very anxious!

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It’s an individual thing. You may only be able to sip for months or you may be able to chug liquids in a few weeks. Neither is right or wrong. Just for the first couple of months we usually are advised to sip slowly to support & not strain our healing tummy & digestive systems. Follow the advice from your surgeon & you’ll be fine. You’ll get to what your body is comfortable with in your own time.

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I never had issues with fluids. I could always drink more than they said I might be able to, and when I told the PA at my clinic, he said that was fine - not everyone has issues drinking.

also, any drinking issues are usually normalized once people are a ways out - so it's definitely not a "life" thing.

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