When it comes to bariatric surgery, patients have the option of a few different surgeries that will all achieve the same end result; but, there is one that comes with fewer dietary restrictions, fewer complications and has easier recovery after surgery. Therefore, gastric sleeve surgery is the most recommended weight loss surgery.

After surgery, there are a few significant lifestyle changes that patients need to be aware of, aside from diet and exercise. Below we’ve compiled a list of five lesser-known issues that you’ll want to be aware of and prepared for the following surgery.

  1. Food Sensitivity: One of the biggest advantages of having this particular type of surgery is that there are essentially no food restrictions following surgery. Although there are no food restrictions, there is a strong effect on the stomach that may result in new food sensitivities. One of the most common food sensitivities that people experience is from milk. While it is not always clear why these various food sensitivities develop, it is advised that you slowly introduce these foods back into your diet in small doses.


  1. Acid Reflux: While there are a number of causes for acid reflux, one of the most common is the result of an overly full stomach. With sleeve surgery, approximately 75% of the stomach is removed, which means that it is easy to overfill your stomach, therefore, putting you at risk of acid reflux. As a result, your doctor may recommend a long-term medication to prevent acid reflux from occurring.


  1. Loose Stool and Constipation: Following surgery, it is not uncommon for some patients to experience loose stools, or feeling as though they need to use the restroom frequently in order to empty their bowels. Other patients may experience constipation, sometimes severe enough that a stool softener may be necessary. Therefore, it is important to be prepared for both cases, as you’ll never know what issue you may experience.


  1. Walking: It is important to start walking right away. While you won’t be physically ready for anything more strenuous than walking right after surgery, frequent walking has two major benefits for recovery after surgery.
    • Help prevent complications by improving blood flow, to prevent blood clots and help with healing overall.
    • Walking is effective in losing weight. Walking a few hours every day can help you to burn a significant number of calories, and is a great way to jump-start your weight loss journey.
  2. Avoid Soda: Following surgery, your daily calorie intake will be limited to approximately 800 calories per day. You’ll want to avoid drinking these calories by avoiding soda, fruit juices, and sweetened coffee. It is especially important to avoid soda, beer, and carbonated water as your stomach is going to be significantly smaller and carbonation can quickly cause discomfort.

If you or someone you know is interested in having gastric sleeve surgery, contact True Self Surgical today to learn more about the procedure, and learn more about what you can expect.