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What Foods Should You Avoid After Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery has become increasingly common over the past several decades. In fact, estimates suggest that more than 200,000 bariatric procedures are performed in the United States every year. Bariatric surgery is typically recommended for patients who are classified as being obese and who are finding it difficult to lose weight through simply making changes to their diet and increasing physical activity levels. There are several different types of bariatric surgery, and your bariatric surgeon will be able to advise you which is the most appropriate based on your individual needs.


Your bariatric surgeon will give you very specific instructions to follow after your bariatric surgery, and this will include information about what you should eat, and crucially, what foods you should avoid.


Drinks to Avoid After Bariatric Surgery


Most drinks may seem harmless enough, but there are some varieties that can irritate your stomach and should be avoided for at least a period of time following your gastric procedure.


  • Caffeinated drinks should be avoided for at least 3 months

  • Carbonated (fizzy) drinks should be avoided for at least 3 months

  • Alcoholic drinks should be avoided for at least 6 months


Every patient is different so how quickly you will be able to tolerate different drinks may vary. Some patients find that there are some drinks that are difficult to thoroughly enjoy without experiencing pain or other unpleasant symptoms- and these may need to be avoided.


Foods to Avoid After Bariatric Surgery


Unsurprisingly, you will need to make a considerable adjustment to your diet after you have undergone bariatric surgery. Your stomach will be substantially smaller so not only will you be unable to eat as much food, but there are also certain things that will be difficult to digest. This could lead to problems like bloating, acid reflux, dehydration, and even a complication known as dumping syndrome. This is where too much sugar enters the small intestine too quickly, causing nausea, pain, and vomiting/diarrhea.


Some of the more common foods that you will be recommended to adjust your consumption of, or refrain from altogether, after your gastric surgery include:


  • Rice, bread, and pasta

  • Very dry foods, i.e., nuts, dry cereal, granola

  • Fibrous fruits and vegetables

  • Raw vegetables

  • Tough meats, such as pork and steak

  • Foods that are high in fat, like bacon, butter, and whole milk

  • Heavily seasoned or spicy foods

  • Fried foods

  • Anything very high in sugar or sugar substitutes like xylitol

  • Foods that have been reheated in the microwave


All bariatric surgeons recommend that patients follow a healthy, balanced diet following their surgery. This is because this type of eating plan will further support your weight loss goals, give you energy and help your body to heal itself.


If you have any questions about the diet you will need to follow after bariatric surgery, talk with Clarity Surgical and Weight loss Solutions in Huntington Station, or Rockville Centre NY. Our team is here to help you achieve your goals.


Learn more about bariatric surgery process, contact Clarity Surgical and Weight loss Solutions in Huntington Station, or Rockville Centre NY at (516) 259-2525.