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My program told us that we would not be able to drink from a straw after surgery. They said it caused too much air in the stomach ( new tiny tummy ). Is this what everyone else has been told? 

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Yes, everyone (most) is told this.

USE A STRAW!! You will be fine and it should help you drink enough fluids. 

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Ok, so you used a straw from the beginning and never had a problem?  I was told to drink from a " sippy cup" in order to learn to drink very slow and sips 

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Its a myth.  Use a straw.  Or a bite valve is even better yet.

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44 minutes ago, Little bird said:

Ok, so you used a straw from the beginning and never had a problem?  I was told to drink from a " sippy cup" in order to learn to drink very slow and sips 

From day 1. No issue.

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I listened to the veterans here and used a straw from the beginning!!

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This is a big relief for me.. Might sound silly.. Although I find it much easier to get my water in now if I drink from a straw.  Currently I'm drinking 6-8 cups water daily 

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Don't drink from a straw is one of the many bariatric surgery myths that are still espoused by many bariatric surgeons today. Here is a link to an interesting youtube video by a prominent bariatric surgeon on the subject.

I am only 6 months post-surgery and so am still somewhat brainwashed, so it is difficult to accept everything he says, but through personal experience, I do agree with several of his myth claims, such as the sipping on a straw and no carbonated drinks. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5nm1GXqrm4

 

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My nutritionist said to do whatever works. I started using a straw when I returned to work. I used a plastic cup with straw from the company cafeteria as a daily water bottle substitute. The ice dispenser dispensed chewblet ice (same type as Sonic), and each floor had the same type of dispenser on it. Toss a small lemon wedge in the bottom of the cup at the first fill and let it infuse throughout the day. Worked great for me.

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My surgeon, nutritionist and nurse practitioner all warned against drinking with a straw. But I first became suspicious about the warnings immediately after surgery. I woke up after surgery in the recovery room, and my mouth was very dry. So I asked for something to drink, and they brought me a cup of water with a straw. I protested that I wasn't supposed to drink with a straw, but the nurse assured me that it was OK to use the straw. So I did, and had no ill effects. Up in my room, they served me ice water with a straw. Again I protested, but the nurse told me to go ahead and use the straw. So I did with no ill effects. Once I went home, I continued following the no straw edict, but I found it very difficult to drink liquids when I am not thirsty. I learned of the Camelback bottle on these forums, and ordered one, and loved it. Once I started using the Camelback to drink most of my liquids, I had no trouble meeting my daily liquid requirement, and my pouch hasn't exploded or leaked from sipping my liquids through the straw in the Camelback!! I also usually drink 16 oz. of  sparkling Zephyrhill's fruit flavored water daily with no ill effect.

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1 hour ago, Jerry M said:

 I learned of the Camelback bottle on these forums, and ordered one, and loved it. Once I started using the Camelback to drink most of my liquids, I had no trouble meeting my daily liquid requirement, and my pouch hasn't exploded or leaked from sipping my liquids through the straw in the Camelback!! I also usually drink 16 oz. of  sparkling Zephyrhill's fruit flavored water daily with no ill effect.

I purchased a Camalback bottle a few months back (pre surgery) and just hated it!...I couldn't drink as fast as I wanted to and the whole biting thing frustrated me. Now post-op and brought it to work today (first day back since surgery) and I just LOVE it! The straw with no air is perfect and it slows me down enough I can't chug the drink! Today has got to be my most liquids in a day I've gotten since surgery too.

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9 hours ago, Jerry M said:

Don't drink from a straw is one of the many bariatric surgery myths that are still espoused by many bariatric surgeons today. Here is a link to an interesting youtube video by a prominent bariatric surgeon on the subject.

I am only 6 months post-surgery and so am still somewhat brainwashed, so it is difficult to accept everything he says, but through personal experience, I do agree with several of his myth claims, such as the sipping on a straw and no carbonated drinks. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5nm1GXqrm4

 

Thank you for this link! I watched .. And what a great video , I think I'm buying his book! 

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My surgeon's office said they no longer tell patients not to use a straw, and they also said I could drink right up until I ate and drink after eating as well. Of course, drinking too much too soon after eating can over fill your stomach.

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i was told not to use a straw.. i think it's better to be safe than sorry, especially in the beginning. with a straw it's hard to see how much water you are really sipping and you want to be taking small sips. i am speaking blindly though because i havent had my surge i bought tiny medicine cups that are maybe 2oz-3oz and i plan to drink 1 of those ever 30 min or so 

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Maybe just try a straw lil bird. And if it bothers you don't use. Think ill try the straw if I can't seem to get my liquids down.

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My doctor gave me straws.

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My personal opinion is straw use is dependent on what your drinking style is when using one.

When I drink from a straw I sip small amounts at a time, when my husband does, he slams/gulps large amounts and he sucks a lot of air when he does, which is evidenced by him belching after drinking. I think that drinking style is what the doctors are trying to prevent.

I plan on experimenting slowly after my surgery.

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I was told not to use a straw.  I am now 3 months post-op and I have had no trouble with anything.  It was a breeze.  So I decided to give the straw a try, as there seem to be mixed opinions.  I find it much more pleasurable when drinking for me to use the straw and I have had no unpleasant effects.

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Early out, I found using a straw (or better, a bottle with a bite valve) generated way less air in my intestines that all that sip-sip-sip thing that most medics recommend.

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I also have no problems using a straw.

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