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#1 PaulaRC

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:38 AM

I've noticed on here where a lot of people were told that they could never use straws again. My surgeon never mentioned this one way or the other. I was wondering why that is. I have an obsessive/complusive disorder about not drinking anything from a cup without a straw. I absolutely can not put my lips on a glass.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:58 AM

Surgeon's/NUT's traditionally advise us not to use straws because it's supposed to take in air. Well! .... there are many here who will tell you that's not the case.

Every time you put a cup/glass to your mouth it's instinctive to take in air before you drink. A straw, a sippy cup or water bottle reduces that considerably.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:12 PM

It is because they say that you get in air and it makes you fill up your pouch. Honesly, It does not appear to be a problem for most people. At the meetings, alot of people are drinking through a straw:)

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:20 PM

As others mentioned, the reason to avoid straws is to keep from getting lots of air in and causing discomfort or sipping too quickly and causing discomfort. It used to be a standard rule most surgeons and nutritionists gave their patients. However, professionals are realizing that straws do not cause problems like they expected and even often help patients get in more water in the early days post-op. Few give that "rule" nowadays and many don't even warn patients of potential discomfort from straw use anymore. Straws were a Godsend for me in the beginning!

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:02 PM

I use a straw and like BDM said, it actually helps me get my fluids in easier. My surgeon has the "if it works for you" attitude when it comes to using them.
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:43 AM

I've used a straw since one week post op. I just do better drinking out of a straw - I found I took in a lot more gas drinking directly from a glass.
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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:16 PM

I had straws in the hospital and have been using them ever since.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:37 AM

I just started using straws and I'm able to get my protein shakes down now. Wish doctors would not make it sound forbidden as I would have been better off earlier.
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 11:54 AM

I use straws, and the Poland Spring sippy bottles lol. Gosh, I think I just saw an article about this topic somewhere and how you don't really swallow a lot of air so the recommendation against straws has changed. Wish I had bookmarked it.

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 04:55 PM

I have very sensitive teeth and can't drink anything cold without a straw. Using one has not caused any problems for me that I am aware of. I'm 2 months post-op and have lost 27 pounds since surgery. My overall weight loss is 50 pounds as of today's weigh-in. If a straw is hurting me, I fail to see how. If you need a straw to be comfortable, then do what you need to do is my thought. Good Luck!!

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:43 AM

My program forbids straws. But I started yesterday, 6 days post op, and I just slowly sip the liquid into my mouth, make sure no air and then swallow. I figured that with a straw if you really drink fast and gulp the liquid, as I am sure I used to do, the air would get in, and I would take too big of drinks. So I just sip.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 08:24 AM

I am glad I read this topic. I cannot stomach protein shakes because of the smell. I too was told not to use straws. But I will start using them and hopefully tolerate the shakes better. Before surgery I hated to drink out if a cup without a straw.
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