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Res Ipsa

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    Craftsbury, VT
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    Denise Gee, MD
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    Massachusetts General Hospital
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    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Hi.  You have answereda few of my questions in the past and I have found that your answers to me and others are always very well informed, thank you so muich for that.

    I wonder if I could ask for your help again?  I am just over 6 months post op, have lost 6st 2lbs and am very happy with that.  However I think I may be suffering from dumping but I am not really sure.  Often about 15 to 20 minutes after eating I start to feel really hot, bloated and nauseus for about an hour. I am never sick. However after about 2 -3 hours I feel hungry, I eat and then the cycle repeats itself.  I eat the same food as I did before surgery but much less of it, round about 150g.  Am I eating too much?  Is this dumping?  Please could you explain this for me.  I really appreciate your help.  Many thanks.  Suzanne.

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      Res Ipsa

      What you describe absolutely could be dumping.  In general, dumping is caused when a person with a gastric bypass eats or drinks a lot of sugar.  This sugar flows directly through their tiny stomach and directly into the small intestine, where it is rapidly absorbed by the body.  This quick blast of sugar into the blood system results in dumping.  Although dumping is sugar based, for some people dumping results from consuming foods high in fat (such as deep fat fried foods or ice cream), artificial sweeteners, and/or alcohol.

      I suggest that you try sticking to a healthy diet high in lean protein, low in fat, and low in carbohydrates (sugar and starch), while avoiding alcohol. With that diet you should avoid the risk of dumping.  If you still feel ill after every meal, your problem may be more serious (such as a hernia) and you should talk to your physician soon on it.

      Finally, if you are not taking your vitamins or are smoking, then your problems may be caused by vitamin deficiency or smoke irritated intestines.  So please be sure to take your vitamins every single day and do not smoke (in any form - tobacco, marijuana, or vaping).

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