What to Expect at Home
You had gastric bypass surgery. This surgery made your stomach smaller by closing off most of your stomach with staples. It changed the way your body handles the food you eat. You will eat less food, and your body will not absorb all the calories from the food you eat.
Your health care provider will teach you about foods you can eat and foods you should avoid. It is very important to follow these diet guidelines.
When you go Home From the Hospital
You will eat only liquid or puréed food for 2 or 3 weeks after the surgery. You will slowly add in soft foods, then regular food.
- When you start eating solid foods again, you will feel full very quickly at first. Just a few bites of solid food will fill you up. This is because your new stomach pouch holds only a tablespoonful of food at first, about the size of a walnut.
- Your pouch will get slightly larger over time. You DO NOT want to stretch it out, so DO NOT eat more than your provider recommends. When your pouch is larger, it will not hold more than about 1 cup (250 milliliter) of chewed food. A normal stomach can hold up to 4 cups (1 liter, L) of chewed food.
You will lose weight quickly over the first 3 to 6 months. During this time, you may:
- Have body aches
- Feel tired and cold
- Have dry skin
- Have mood changes
- Have hair loss or thinning hair
These symptoms are normal. They should go away as you take in more protein and calories as your body gets used to your weight loss.