Resumption of normal diet

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Hamsa
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   Posted 11/24/2010 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd be interested to hear how long it has taken the other members to get back to a reasonably normal diet after surgery. We have a chance to go away at Christmas but there's no point if I can still only eat very small amounts, no alcohol, etc. I can see how much progress I've made in two weeks, and of course each person is different, but if anyone can share experiences, thank you! Good luck to us all at Thanksgiving. I'm having the green beans pureed with no garlic, but that's a small sacrifice to make. The whole surgery was an investment in my future -- no more (or much fewer) reflux attacks in my larynx and the possiblity of being able some day to eat tomatoes, even in limited amounts. Best wishes, Hamsa

Alcie
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   Posted 11/24/2010 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't rush it! Recovering from any major surgery takes 3 months or more. With the "wrap" you can add "full" liquids (i.e. milk) after a few days to a week.
Soft foods a few days to a week later. Hold off on the beef for several weeks at least, but chicken and fish are considered soft foods. I'd take it easy on
anything you didn't tolerate before surgery. If you couldn't tolerate it before, you may not tolerate it ever. Food intolerances are not "cured" just by getting
your stomach tied in a knot.

Stay away from anything that causes gas - look up gassy foods. Your digestion will take weeks or months to normalize. Eat yogurt at least once a day.
Take a probiotic (good bacteria) to repopulate your gut. Avoid soluble fiber, artificial sweeteners, sugars of all types, complex carbohydrates. These
cause gas because the bacteria in the gut do eat them! This will help avoid gas and bloating.
Alcie
 
 

ZhyKitty
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   Posted 11/24/2010 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Listen to Alcie and save yourself some pain! lol

I'm on day 22 and though I physically can swallow TINY (never bigger than the size of your fingertip) bites of most anything that has been chewed to a liquid (I dont eat anything that can't be) not everything that will go down is something you ought to eat! The stomach is still fairly ticked off at day 22 and some things that will go down will leave you writhing in agony and filled with gas! lol
I learned the hard way about green vegetables causing gas - don't do that to yourself. lol
(I tried a few bites of broccoli soup and paid dearly.)
Of course, I couldn't tolerate tomatoes at all before my surgery and I can now (pureed in something else and very, very small amounts) - so it is different for everyone I guess and you'll have to experiment with TINY bites of this and that to find out what you can handle and what you cant - but go slow....like Alcie said, we're still in the early phases of healing and it's going to be a while before we're eating again the way we were eating like before the operation.

I like the fact that I can only hold a few bites of food and then I'm full as if I'd eaten a feast.
I hope that part never goes away. : )

Cat

couchtater
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   Posted 11/24/2010 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
If you're at two weeks now then you'll be at six weeks by Christmas. At six weeks all I could eat was 5 vienna sausages and a four crackers and feel stuffed.
I had my surgery 3 days before Christmas last year and I remember drooling over the Christmas dinner my mother made as I held my 1/2 cup of beef broth. I had to stay in my room during the holidays so I wouldn't be tempted to cheat.
Joy

Hamsa
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   Posted 11/24/2010 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, thank you all very much. I guess I better plan to take it easy and not think of eating too much anytime soon. The fact is that this diet is self-policing -- if you don't follow it, you suffer! I don't think I could bear to be in Paris and not be able to enjoy the amazing restaurants and the wine. This trip will have to wait for another time when I have recovered more.

Best wishes, Hamsa

dencha
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   Posted 11/24/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hamsa,
Sorry to hear you're going to have to postpone your trip. I do have to agree...something that much fun and connected to delicious eating and drinking needs to wait until you can really enjoy it.

I can tell you this. We took a vacation at four months, and I was able to go out to eat at nice restaurants without any trouble. I could eat anything I wanted, and my stomach handled normal amounts.

It's not that far off. Hang in there!
Denise

Hamsa
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   Posted 11/24/2010 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Denise! That gives me a sense of where I might be in the not too distant future!

Hamsa (BTW, for anyone who doesn't know, a hamsa is a hand-shaped charm from North Africa and the Middle East that, according to old tradition, protects against the Evil Eye. I'm not superstitious but I like traditions from the old times.)

Stormienite
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   Posted 11/28/2010 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
At a month post op I was pretty much eating whatever I wanted in small amounts. There were a few things that disagreed with me and at 2 months post op now I still can't eat raw veggies or acidic things like spaghetti sauce. Believe me, I'm dying for a salad! But I've tried to eat a few bites and it cramps me up. Also at a month I was sipping soda all day. It was better when it was flat. And also I did have a few rum and cokes at a wedding reception at a month post op.

However, I had a partial wrap so I'm not sure if someone who has had a full wrap would be able to do what I've done. Really the only thing you can do is try a little bit of food or drink and see what happens. Of course, I don't condone disobeying your surgeon's orders.

At 2 months post op my bowels are still messed up. For awhile there I was having the runs every other day. It came with cramping and a lot of pain. Right now is has been many days since I've gone although I am cramping with lots of gas. (as we speak in fact) I do have IBS so it may not even have anything to do with the wrap.

I think what I really miss is going out to eat. There's really no point in spending money on me when I can only eat small portions. Thanksgiving day I soooo wish I would have been able to eat more.

drgrcr
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   Posted 11/28/2010 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
So what I am hearing is depending on how a person stomach was prior to what ever happen to cause the hernia or what ever caused a person to have the wrap surgery, that after about 4 to 12 weeks you might be resume your normal eating habits again?

dencha
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   Posted 11/28/2010 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi drgrcr,
I can speak to my own experience. The first two weeks are challenging, although considering what has been done, not nearly as bad as I had expected. The swelling of the wrap increases and peaks at two weeks.

I started eating regular foods that could be chewed to a liquid on Day 5. In the early days, I could eat only a little, but that was because of stomach swelling that is interpreted as fullness. You don't feel hungry, so don't worry about that.

I can't tell you the exact timing, but I can say with confidence that I was eating out at restaurants without any trouble by the last week of the fourth month. We were on vacation, and did a lot of eating out.

Hope that helps.
Denise

couchtater
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   Posted 11/28/2010 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I was eating normal at the end of 2 1/2 months.
Joy
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