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stretching stomach out

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Does anyone know..is it easy to stretch our stomach after the sleeve...is it ? I hear things eluding to that..but no one has said for sure. (plus I overate today, and feeling guilty and worried)

My surgery was a week ago today, so it isn't healed up yet...how easily can it be stretched?

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The stomach can be stretched, but I'm sure that it has to be done over a long time, one binge shouldn't do it. How cn you be eating solids a week out? Aren't you on a liquid or pureed/soft diet right now? I know that even now, if I over eat I get a totally lousy feeling in my stomach that lasts for 30-60 minutes. Its all portion control. Part of the learning process after having WLS.

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yes I am on pureed or soft stuff...I had mashed potatoes, and some very soft mushy veggies...just a few teaspoons..I eat soft eggs, applesause, yogart, cottage cheese..that's it.

.doc is on vacation and I have not seen him since the surgery..won't see him til a week from now.. :(

I am following a guide that was given to me at the hospital..

I will say that after I had those veggies, it was the first day since surgery that I didn't have a headache, so that was great ! Wonder if that was a coincidence?

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My surgeon said it was difficult due to the fact that the part of the stomach that is left is very fibrous and tough. But, it's not impossible. Measure your food, chew, chew, chew, wait a minute between bites and don't overeat. You will find you really can fill up on just 4-6 oz.

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Wow Drs around the world really do use different menu stages.

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I wouldn't worry to much I was only on a clear liquid diet for one day and then my Dr. started me back on solid food. I think every dr. has a diffrent opinion on streching the stomach mine told me it is something that happens over time from binge eating. Which I find is nearly impossible after having this surgery 4 weeks ago I can only consume like 2 oz and if I eat any more then that I feel like I am having a heart attack it hurts so bad.

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Wow Drs around the world really do use different menu stages.

I have really noticed the same thing! My doctor did have people going to full liquids on day 3 and puree then soft foods quicker for the sleeve but changed that policy back to the same for the Roux en Y because he wants the stomach fully healed. I am at the point I can introduce soft foods but can barely eat 2 oz of pureed meat and I feel too full so am happy where I am.

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Wow Drs around the world really do use different menu stages.

That's sure the truth!

My program is 1-4 days post-op clear liquids, then full liquids until 3 weeks, then soft/pureed until 6 weeks, then regular foods.

I always find it fascinating how different some of our programs can be.

That said, one meal shouldn't stretch your stomach, as long as it's not a habit and you learn from it you should be fine. During our pre-op support meeting some of the longer term post-ops mentioned that veggies (like salad) they could eat more volume of because once it's all chewed down it's mostly water vs. proteins which are more substantial.

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My surgeon said that one of the many reasons that she likes the sleeve is that the part of the stomach that is left, is resistant to stretching....not saying that it can't be done, but it would take overeating on a steady basis. I don't think it would be more prone to stretching at 1 week post-op, but I would be very concerned about ripping it open at the staple lines, as it is not healed. I was put on full liquids at 5 days and then 2 weeks later, she told me to try whatever I wanted, to just go easy, chew until it is pulverized and not eat more than 1/2 cup. At 2 months out, I still cannot eat more than 1/2 cup.

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What if you are consuming more than 64 oz of liquids a day - sugarfree liquids...will that stretch your sleeve out?

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I wouldn't think liquids would stretch it as they push us to get in that much liquids. I wouldn't think liquids would sit in your stomache like solid foods do.

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I am 3 weeks post op. Had to have incarcerated hernia repair 2 postop day. Ended up on TPN. Gained 15 lbs while in the hospital. Clear liquid diet for 2 weeks. Full liquids now. It still hurts to eat jello or a popsicle. Have to be on Fl for another week then try soft food. I'm sure my stomach is still healing. Its not a matter of stretching your stomach you want to make sure u you dont burst your staples. Don't drink sodas they will stretch your stomach and pop your s

taples.

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