I had gastric bypass surgery almost 3 months ago and am still having trouble eating solid foods. Whenever I eat solid food it just doesn't feel good in my small pouch. I can't eat meat at all; it is too heavy and makes me nauseated. Foods like eggs and beans are better but really nothing feels very good. I can drink liquids and protein shakes no problem. I think it is just the sensation of food in my new pouch that is uncomfortable. I also have no appetite at all and food doesn't taste very good now after surgery. I am worried that I am not getting enough calories. I drink 2 protein shakes a day and get around 600 calories a day. Did anyone else have this problem after surgery?
05-25-2011, 04:09 PM
My pouch was much hardier at 3 mos--but yours sounds like it needs more time to heal. I wouldn't worry about the calories--it's still early. i if you can get more in-great. If not, don't push it. Just keep your surgeon/NUT in the loop.
05-25-2011, 05:41 PM
I LIVED on boiled shrimp and scrambled eggs (not together!) for a while after surgery. The shrimp were easy to break down because there's so much water in them. Scrambled eggs could be chewed down to nothing as well.
Make sure you're chewing chewing chewing. That definitely helps.
05-25-2011, 10:09 PM
Check with your surgeon as well...sometimes there is constriction of the stoma...the exit out of the pouch. It is a common complication.
Also, are you waiting the full 30 - 45 minutes to drink after you eat? Even drinking less then 10 minutes before you eat can "push" the food out of the pouch...this is a very uncomfortable feeling.
Good to ask as many questions of you dr's support staff, their NUT and here as they come up...good for you!
05-26-2011, 10:03 AM
oh happ. i sympathize. i'm nearly 10 years out and there are still times that NOTHING stays down [trust me - it's usually because i'm either eating too fast or not chewing well enough, but if i'm under stress, watch out!].
like JulieM said, some people take a little longer to heal - or, maybe the word is 'be comfortable' with the pouch. at three months, i had to be REALLY CAREFUL. i was eating thinly sliced anything - deli roast beef, chicken, turkey, very thinly sliced chicken cutlets, and so on. and they had to be REALLY moist - a little gravy or broth made all the difference.
and then, there's the whole issue of 'what's a small bite.' for me [after MUCH experimentation], it ended up that a small bite = something the size of my pinky nail.
some people find that they can't eat red meat, but tolerate chicken or turkey just fine. others find they can't eat the chicken or turkey, but red meat works for them! go figure. i'm in the red meat camp. unless the chicken or turkey is fresh and moist, it's generally NOT HAPPENING.
which brings me to the leftover problem. there's just something about eating food that's been sitting around for a couple of days that doesn't sit right with me.
is any of this sounding familiar? and now for the bottom line - at three months, your job is to be making sure you hit your protein and water goals, and that you're MOVING into other foods. take your time. as long as you're doing two protein shakes a day and are otherwise healthy, just keep trying. what works one day will not work the next. and what makes you gag today might be your best friend next week.
keep us posted!