Can I Drink Coffee After Gastric Sleeve?

May 20, 2015 — by Fernando Garcia
Tags: Gastric Sleeve Coffee

A woman drinking coffee in bedDr. Fernando Garcia and Dr. David Vazquez believe that all patients who come to their Tijuana weight loss surgery center should get ample information about their bariatric surgery needs. This is why they take time to address all concerns with regard to various procedures. When patients learn about the risks and benefits of gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy), they can make informed decisions about improving their health.

With this in mind, let's answer the question: Can I drink coffee after gastric sleeve surgery?

The short answer is no. Here's why.

Caffeine and Gastric Sleeve Surgery

As we have previously noted on our blog, drinking caffeinated beverages after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery is a generally poor idea. Caffeine can make nutrient absorption more of an issue for patients, for instance, resulting in various health issues. In addition, caffeine will result in problems with proper hydration, and it also increases the risk of acid reflux in gastric sleeve patients.

Why Coffee After a Gastric Sleeve May Not Be a Good Idea

Given the issues that we mentioned above, it should come as no surprise that having coffee after you have undergone a gastric sleeve is a generally poor idea. Most bariatric surgeons will advise that their patients avoid caffeine altogether, which helps avoid all such situations.

While coffee might have been a way of life before your weight loss surgery, your life is different after weight loss surgery is performed.

However, if you miss the taste of coffee, there is a solution for that.

Decaf Is All Right If You Miss the Taste of Coffee

Decaf is all right after you have undergone gastric sleeve surgery. There is just a trace amount of caffeine in decaf, which means it will generally not increase chances of acid reflux or affect your overall health and wellness. A cup of decaf in the morning may be enough to help you get going in the morning in some instances, so it's important to keep that in mind.

Ideally, though, you should be drinking water since you will want to be hydrated and healthy throughout the day.

Other Beverages to Avoid After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

In addition to avoiding coffee after gastric sleeve surgery, it's important that patients also avoid tea, alcoholic beverages, and all carbonated beverages. This is the most ideal way to avoid any issues after your gastric sleeve and remain as healthy as possible.

Remember: Weight Loss Surgery Is About Changes to Your Lifestyle

As we noted above, your life is different after gastric sleeve surgery, and it's important to make a number of positive changes to the way to approach the world. This means dropping bad habits and making healthier choices in the long run.

During your consultation process, we can discuss all of the positive choices and changes that you can make after your gastric sleeve procedure in greater detail.

Schedule a Consultation to Learn More About Gastric Sleeve Surgery

For more information about your diet and how it will be changed by gastric sleeve surgery, be sure to contact our weight loss surgery center today. Dr. Fernando Garcia and Dr. David Vazquez will work closely with you to ensure that you understand all risks and benefits involved in bariatric procedures.