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Old 10-08-2012, 09:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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No real reason to ask this question other than curiosity! Does anyone know (roughly) what percentage of calories you eat/take in that you don't absorb after gastric bypass? Does this amount grow smaller over time the more your body adjusts and the pouch stretches a little? (I'm 4 weeks post-op!)

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Old 10-08-2012, 10:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Logically speaking, it depends on how long your bypass is. If 1/4 is bypasssed, then you absorb 3/4, if 1/3 is bypassed, then 2/3.
In 2-3 years, you will be absorbing 100% of what you eat, save for those vitamins and minerals that need specific area/condition for absorbtion, in which case you need to supplement for the rest of your life because these vitamins and minerals are vital.
It's not because your pouch stretches that you become able to absorb 100% again, but rather, because the human body is very resilent, and the membrane of your intestine increases the rate it absorbs to compensate for the bypassed route. It's the natural order of things, and this actualy prevents you from becoming premanently malnourished.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Start Weight:
333 lb
Current Weight:
190 lb
Goal Weight:
64 lb
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143 lb
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25.7658179012
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Thank you for your reply - that makes perfect sense.

If I may, I have just one more question (open to anyone who wants to answer!) I had my surgery 4 weeks ago and I seem to be able to eat and drink (in one sitting) more than I'd been led to believe I could... I'm still sticking to around 700-800 calories per day of high protein (I'm vegetarian, so getting it where I can...) foods and protein shakes, but I'm worried I might have stretched my pouch already?! I can eat 6 ounces/150g of very low fat cottage cheese and a small amount of mashed avocado in one meal, and today I had two small poached eggs and two rashers of high protein, vegan 'bacon' with no trouble. That works out at still only around 200 calories per meal, but I'm more concerned with the volume I'm able to eat than whether I'm within my calorie range... I hope this makes sense! I just wanted to know if this was 'normal'?!

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You should really check with your doctor what amounts you are supposed to eat, we're you not given those specifics by your team? Everybody's plans are different so it's most important to always check with your own doctors.
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The pouch doesn't stretch easily. At your stage, the likelyhood of one or a few staples getting loose is higher--which happens rarely, so don't get scared over that.

Actually, what is going on is that the swelling of your pouch is reducing, as the healing goes on.

It might be hard to imagine, so, think of how a cut on your skin heals.
Heck, how did the healing of the incision on your skin go? I don't know if your surgeon stiched it up, or stapled it or closed it with surgical tape or used surgical glue, but whatever method was used, the incision first was red and a tad swollen before it closed up completely and healed, though the scar is still there. The same thing is going on inside you, but on a bigger scale, since a lot more was cut up, redirected and reattached.

A lot of people do find that they can get in more than they *expected* but that's the normal order of things again. Right after surgery, you wouldn't have been able to get in much, and would have gotten sick easily, because you were trying to get stuff in while all the staple lines were still fresh and raw and irritated and all swollen up. That should have eased up a lot by now, so your pouch can tolerate a lot more things in a larger amount than before.

Don't worry about the amount you can eat. If you actually eat over the capacity of your pouch, it's going to be sure to let you know, and not in a nice way.
There is no way you will be able to get in enough of whatever to thwart your weight loss, unless it's something that is 1000 kcals per measly 2-3 grams, which, btw, I don't think exists.
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Start Date:
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Height:
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Start Weight:
333 lb
Current Weight:
190 lb
Goal Weight:
64 lb
Weight Loss:
143 lb
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45.1579861111
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25.7658179012
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Thank you again for your really helpful reply!

I have 8 tiny incisions and my scars have almost disappeared already (in 4 weeks!!) No one can believe it's been such a short time when I show them, even the nurse who removed my tiny stitches. I haven't had any nausea or sickness at all (yet!) so I'll take that as a very good sign that I'm doing ok. The only issues I have is quite severe anaemia (my hgb level was about 9 just after my surgery, but I have fibroids and have bled VERY heavily since, so I think it might be a little lower) and it's affecting my ability to do much more than stroll about very slowly and sleep! I'm having bloods done again soon and it's possible I might need a transfusion if the levels have dropped too low... I can't wait to get active (particularly weight training) again!
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