Can I drink coffee after surgery? The stapled procedures (sleeve or bypass) are quite taxing in the beginning and thus you might struggle to maintain your hydration as coffee is a diuretic (makes you pee). Either drink de-caffeinated or avoid coffee during the first three weeks. Afterwards, you may drink it, but as always, in moderation and use artificial sweeteners and keep dairy products to a minimum. Band patients should not have issuses hydrating but should follow the same principles.
How much protein do I need per day?For sleeve and bypass patients, protein supplements are a way of life and are your primary source of nutrition during the first six to twelve months. You should aim for at least 60 to 80 grams of protein daily, the more the merrier. You should divide your protein in two servings, morning and evening as taking it all at once might limit your total absorption. You will very gradually wean yourself from you protein shakes as you increase your ability to eat solid food. However, most successful patients learn to use protein shakes/bars as meal replacements or supplements to help maintain and maximize their weight loss. Band patients are not dependent on protein supplements but succesful patients learn to use protein supplements as meal replacements (especially in the AM when the band is the tightest) to maximize and maintain their weight loss.
When can I have sex? Thanks to laparoscopy; recovery tends to be fairly quick. There will be incisional pain and band patients will have a freshly secured port that may be painful in the beginning. However, cuts are fairly small (especially in the muscles) and thus not at a very high risk for hernias. Therefore, with respect to sexual activity, you are only limited by your pain or discomfort. My rule regarding any form of physical activity is, "if it hurts, don't do it."
I'm constipated! Constipation is related to dehydration and fiber. If you don't drink enough liquids, your colon will retain water and stool will be firmer. Therefore, limit caffeine as it is a diuretic. Also, fiber is essential and often missing from bariatric diets. Take one to three daily fiber supplements such as metamucil, benafiber, fibercon, etc...
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