When you undergo bariatric surgery, the focal point of the procedure is comprehensively on the digestive system and hence any alterations in diet or process of digestive functions directly leave it impact on the stomach.
While weight loss procedure gives numerous medical advantages, including various benefits in weight-related ailments like diabetes, it may come with some side effects. Nausea and vomiting are two of the most probable side effects of the surgery.
Here are some tips on how one can prevent nausea & vomiting after bariatric surgery:
• Follow your surgeon’s dietary guidelines:
Generally, bariatric surgeons prescribe a complete liquid diet during the early stages of the recovery from the surgical procedure. Then your surgeon will slowly introduce pureed and solid food in your diet. In case you quickly try to advance your diet, it may lead to nausea and vomiting.
• Slow down your pace:
Proper chewing will help you slow down the pace and lead to improved digestion. The resized stomach requires you to slow down your pace of eating. This will also help you realize your altered feeling of full and prevent overeating.
• Avoid foods and drinks that lead to discomfort:
You must avoid the foods that are high in fat. Rather go for the foods that are low in fat and high in protein. Deep fried or spicy food may cause irritation or discomfort in the stomach. Similarly, bariatric patients must avoid all high sugar carbonated drinks; instead try decaf tea or plain water adding a slice of lemon or strawberry to flavor it.
• Sip beverages slowly:
A major concern after bariatric surgery is the amount and the pace at which you drink various fluids. Learn to sip slowly and try to get used to the feeling of fullness.
• Food tolerance:
Food tolerance is personal, food that works for one patient might not work for the other. You need to find out foods that work for you and reintroduce the foods on your table accordingly. You must be careful in identifying the foods that cause nausea and remove them for your diet for a little while. Maintaining a record using a food diary will help you keep track.
The Bottom Line
Experiencing nausea is common & preventable after your bariatric procedure. Keeping a track on your changed food habits can keep symptoms at bay. You can also find some useful tips in our bariatric support group. To know more about any bariatric procedure, book an appointment on 08 65581901.