Is it normal to get diarrhea after gastric sleeve surgery?
I had the surgery a few days ago and have definitely been suffering a bit. I am not sure if it is just a side effect from surgery but it is very tough to eat anything and when I go to the bathroom I am experiencing only diarrhea and nothing solid. Is this a concern or just something that will stop happening as the days go on?
Yes. I was told to expect loose stools following my surgery. Part of the reason my stools were lose was because of the liquid diet that I was on following the surgery. Most patients who undergo a sleeve gastrectomy state that they experience diarrhea. Diarrhea is a common side effect of gastric sleeve surgery. I was told to keep following the diet as prescribed. However, the diarrhea was only temporary. As I started eating solid foods, the diarrhea stopped occurring. Now, I was told that if my diarrhea was followed by other symptoms like fever, nausea, vomiting or stomach pain, there may be other underlying issues.
Unfortunately, diarrhea is a side effect of weight loss surgery. I experienced this for this first couple of months after my bariatric surgery. The diarrhea was mainly due to the fact that after my surgery, my diet consisted mostly of clear liquids. It's slightly annoying, but I knew that I wasn't going to have solid stools for a while. However, when my diet started to consist of more solid foods, my stools began to be normal. Diarrhea is a temporary side effect of this surgery. Following the dietary plan that comes with gastric sleeve surgery was important to ensure that I didn't experience unusual stools for longer than necessary.
The first few days post op can be particularly rough. Your body will adjust in time, but how much time depends on the person. For me, I had diarrhea the first week after my gastric sleeve surgery. It was entirely liquid like yours. Turns out it was just my body acclimating itself to life after surgery. Remember, gastric sleeves are pretty drastic and alter your digestive system. I followed the diet I was given religiously, and after a week, I was producing solid stools. However, I broke it one day and got dumping syndrome. This is the worst type of diarrhea because it forces you to go to basically live in the bathroom. Please don't be like me and break your diet, because dumping syndrome is very painful and worse than the post-op diarrhea you're experiencing.
I had gastric bypass surgery as well, and it is normal to have a change in your bowel movements. It took me some time to learn to eat for my new body. It's important to avoid greasy food, fatty foods and sweets because they can cause diarrhea. I stayed in contact with my doctor, which is really important during your post surgery recovery. If diarrhea continues, you need to see your doctor. Make sure that you are eating according to the regimen you've been provided with, and drink lots of fluids like Gatorade to replenish lost electrolytes. I wish you all the best and as much success as I've experienced.