Hydration is critical after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgery. Many bariatric patients often struggle to get in their 64 ounces, especially in the first couple of weeks after their weight loss surgery. In fact, dehydration is the number cause for rehospitalization amongst bariatric patients across the country. But, in most cases dehydration is preventable.
To help Dr. Shillingford’s weight loss surgery patients do their best to take in 64 ounces of fluid and prevent dehydration, we’ve gathered tips and tricks that other gastric sleeve patients have shared that worked for them. While this may not be an exhaustive or complete list, these tips may help some weight loss surgery patients learn how to meet their hydration needs or inspire them to find other ways to stay hydrated.
- Room temperature liquids often go down easier than cold
- If water is hard to drink, try using a noncaloric flavor enhancer (like Crystal Light)
- Decaffeinated herbal tea can add flavor without calories and can be enjoyed cold, room temperature, or hot
- Try ice chips (even if cold water is difficult)
- Don’t forget to drink your protein shakes
- Sugar free popsicles also count as a liquid
- Broth is sometimes better tolerated than water and adds variety
- Try Sugar-free Powerade or a similar product
- Sugar-free Jello counts as a liquid
- Avoid carbonated beverages and alcohol
These suggestions are offered by Dr. Shillingford, MD, PA, a Center of Excellence surgeon specializing in advanced laparoscopic and weight loss surgery. Dr. Shillingford is proud to perform gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgeries in Northwest Medical Center’s Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery, where patients are cared for by staff specially trained in the field of bariatrics. This prestigious designation attracts patients from all over Florida, including Miami, Boca Raton, Orlando, Naples, Wellington, and Jacksonville. Dr. Shillingford encourages his bariatric patients to stay hydrated as best they can, and if any of his patients are experiencing difficulty they should call his office at (561) 483-8840.