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Can I Have Caffeine After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

By Fernando Garcia on March 20, 2015

A woman having a cup of coffeePatients can count on the expertise of Dr. Fernando Garcia and Dr. David Vazquez. Serving the greater San Diego and Southern California area from their office in Tijuana, patients are able to change their lives for the better thanks to bariatric procedures that promote healthy and rapid weight loss.

The gastric sleeve procedure is especailly effective at helping patients lose weight, though patients need to understand a number of changes and modifications will need to be made to their lifestyle and diet. With that in mind, let's consider what a patient's relationship with caffeine (i.e., coffee and tea) is like after a gastric sleeve.

Can I have caffeine after I undergo a gastric sleeve?

The advice from bariatric surgeons can vary from patient to patient, but in general, it's important for patients to avoid caffeine, and generally eliminate coffee and tea from their diet entirely. This is a way to help prevent major issues with a gastric sleeve patient's comfort and wellness going forward.

What are coffee and caffeinated beverages a poor idea?

There are three primary reasons why caffeine after gastric sleeve is a poor idea:

  • Potential for Acid Reflux (GERD) - The biggest reason is that coffee and caffeinated beverages promote the production of gastric acid, which in turn makes acid reflux more likely to occur. We noted previously that gastric sleeve can increase the risk of acid reflux (GERD), which is why avoiding caffeinated beverages is generally a good idea.

  • Potential Problems with Absorbing Nutrients - Another reason that caffeinated beverages should generally be avoided after gastric sleeve surgery is that the caffeine can potentially affect the absorption of certain vitamins and nutrients into your system. Rather than affect this process of nourishment, it's best to play it safe and avoid caffeine.

  • Dealing with Hydration - Caffeinated beverages are diuretics, which means that you are more likely to urinate after having these beverages. Hydration is crucial following weight loss surgery of any kind, so it's best to avoid caffeinated beverages rather than deprive your body of the water it needs.

The Best Option for Gastric Sleeve Patients: Switch to Decaf

Even though you may be used to coffee and tea to get going in the morning, it's best to switch to decaf. By doing this, you will be able to avoid acid reflux as well as any issues with nutrition and hydration. This is all part of becoming healthier and leading a better lifestyle for lasting wellness.

Gastric Sleeve Means Lifestyle Changes for Improved Wellness

While you may not have caffeine in your diet after gastric sleeve surgery, that doesn't mean that all is lost. Many people find that they are able to get by just fine without caffeine or other kinds of stimulants. By eating healthy and exercising regularly after weight loss surgery, your general energy level is likely to increase, meaning that you won't be missing that cup of coffee when you wake up in the morning.

Contact Dr. Fernando Garcia and Dr. David Vazquez

To learn more about gastric sleeve surgery and how it can help you achieve a healthier body mass index (BMI) and improved wellness, be sure to contact our bariatric surgery center today. The team at Tijuana Bariatrics will work with you to help you be as healthy as possible.

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