Drinking Soda and Gastric Sleeve Doesn't Mix
By Fernando Garcia on March 28, 2015
We at Tijuana Bariatrics always want to ensure that patients know what to do and what to avoid after they undergo a bariatric procedure. By understanding what to expect before and after gastric sleeve surgery, patient satisfaction is improved and better overall surgical results can be achieved.
A patient's diet changes a great deal after weight loss surgery. We get a lot of questions about soda after a bariatric procedure, which is why we want to look into the matter in a bit more detail right now.
Can I drink soda after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery?
Technically you can drink soda after you have undergone a gastric sleeve surgery or any kind of bariatric procedure.
Is it a good idea, though?
No. In fact, gastric sleeve patients will want to avoid drinking sodas as much as possible.
What happens if I drink soda after gastric sleeve?
The main issue to consider is the sensation of bloating caused by the bubbles in the soda. You will burp the gas out, sure, but a number of patients have reported abdominal discomfort given the smaller stomach size.
It's also important to keep in mind that soda has no nutritional value whatsoever since it's just sugar water. The empty calories aren't worth the discomfort, as much as you may have enjoyed the taste in the past.
In addition, sodas with caffeine will also lead to a number of issues with regard to nutrient absorption, hydration, and potential acid reflux. (In fact, we discussed caffeine after weight loss surgery in a blog post earlier this month.)
Are any carbonated beverages okay to drink after gastric sleeve surgery?
Carbonation in general should be avoided following a bariatric procedure for the sake of comfort and a sense of wellness. This goes for seltzer water, beer, sparkling wine, and champagne.
Some patients have had carbonated beverages and been fine, but they usually have it in very small quantities and wait until the carbonated beverage is a little flat.
Remember: Losing Weight Means Losing Those Bad Habits
We mentioned above that soda has empty calories and practically no nutritional value. Sodas are one of the many things that you can cut from your diet after gastric sleeve since they are of no benefit to your overall wellness.
One of the best things about gastric sleeve is that it allows you to reconsider your diet and your health decisions so you can make smarter choices about your wellness. By dropping bad habits like consuming soda and junk food, you're doing yourself a favor for the years to come.
Other Tips When it Comes to Beverages and Bariatric Procedures
There are many changes to keep in mind after you undergo bariatric surgery. In addition avoiding soda, it's important that you avoid nuts, dried fruits, seeds, popcorn, granola, friend foods, and tough meats with lots of gristle.
A full list of do's and don'ts will be provided to patients during the consultation process so that they understand what to expect on the road to better health and total wellness.
Schedule a Consultation at Tijuana Bariatrics
For more information about your dietary needs after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery, it's important that you contact our weight loss surgery center today. The team here at Tijuana Bariatrics looks forward to answering all of your questions and addressing your various concerns.