Hunger/Hunger Pangs After Surgery...how did you feel?

dawnmarieNJ
on 8/13/10 7:03 pm
REALIZE Band on 08/11/10 with
Just curious what others experience was with regard to feeling hunger after surgery?  I am only 2 days post-op.  Although I wouldn't say I am hungry, I am definitely feeling some intense hunger pangs.  I did not have to do a liquid diet - or any special diet - before my surgery.  I am wondering if this is normal, and if they will subside?

I will say that I am definitely looking forward to some yogurt or a protein shake next week though!
You can't go back and make a brand new start, but you can start from now and make a brand new end. 

                    
-Mari-
on 8/13/10 7:14 pm
I wasn't hungry until about 4 days after surgery and then I still couldn't eat much. But after a week, I was starving. LOL I had to just "fight" it and follow all the band rules, read, walk, what ever it took to keep my mind off of it. It's hard but it will get easier and it is so worth it. Once you can move on to mushies and then soft foods, it helps. Hang in there.
 Mari  Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels!
Heather R.
on 8/13/10 8:27 pm - Des Moines, IA
Congrats on your surgery and starting this new chapter in your life.  Everyone gets hungry at different points but I have heard some say they stared the day after surgery.  For me I was pretty lucky I didn't start getting hungry until 4 weeks post op.  Liquids that you are on now don't provide much if any fullness.  Once you are able to start adding texture it will probably give you a full feeling for a period of time.  It gets easier! 
Heather
Strive for Progress not Perfection!
   
HW (2/1/10) 261, SW 236, CW 185.5  1st Fill 5cc, 2nd fill 1cc, 3rd Fill 0.25cc
  
teachergirl6
on 8/13/10 9:03 pm
Lap Band on 07/02/10 with
 It definitely gets easier!  Hang in there.  My hunger came about three days after surgery.  I just "ate" allowable foods every two hours or so.  Lots of broth, sugar free jello, etc.  As long as I kept filling the tank every two hours or so, I was pretty okay with it. But it gets SOOOO much easier. Hang in there, you're doing great!

dawnmarieNJ
on 8/13/10 9:29 pm
REALIZE Band on 08/11/10 with
It's weird - I don't WANT to eat at all, but the hunger pangs are intense.  My husband made dinner before and the sight and smell of the food didn't even bother me.  I guess my body just knows it hasn't had any food in 3 days now!  Our bodies are interesting little machines, aren't they?? 
You can't go back and make a brand new start, but you can start from now and make a brand new end. 

                    
whithark
on 8/14/10 3:22 am - Bristol, RI
I started getting hungry the day after surgery. I wasn't one of the lucky ones who didn't get hungry for a few days. I don't get hungry very often though, thank god, and it doesn't take a lot to make the pangs subside. And let me tell you, the hunger pangs I get are intense, they're almost painful, and come on super fast! I am hoping that once I'm on solids again, the hunger pangs will be normal again(still on liquid diet, start pureed stage next week).
Jaime 

               
grannymedic1
on 8/14/10 6:31 am - Lake Odessa, MI
Revision on 08/21/12 with
I was hungry by the second day, and the smell of food drove me wild. I really wanted to eat. By about the fourth day nothing lasted more than 1/2-3/4 hour. However, I did survive, and it did get easier. I had not anticipated that much discomfort, but it has been worth it. I told my surgeon that I knew no one had actually died from the two weeks of liquids but that I had been a pretty darned close call. He liked that one.

                    

Highest weight: 212.8 Current weight 135 Lost 77.8 pounds

    

nqevans66
on 8/14/10 7:47 am - Palisades Park, NJ
Lap Band on 03/18/09 with
I started getting hungry about 2 days after the procedure. I had to endure 3-4 weeks of liquids following the surgery and could not wait to get to the mushy stage. But once you are past all of that and you start seeing the scale go down in numbers and you start feeling better, you will forget about this whole stage. You just have to get passed it, and you will.

Congrats on your surgery! I wish you all the success! Keep us posted as to how you are doing!

Keep on....keeping on! Mimi


Ain't nothing but to do it!                                                
LadyD_C
on 8/14/10 9:11 am - Passaic, NJ
Lap Band on 08/03/10 with

I suppose everyone feels differently. Aug.3rd i had  Lap Band revision I'm still not feeling hungry. But I did start on mushie foods 1wk later. Lot of luck on your journey to new you!!!

perilloux73
on 8/14/10 11:55 am - Washington, MI
I am scheduled for the surgery for 9/25.  I am worried about being hungry and miserable.  Thanks for posting this topic as it helped me with my worry.
donnamy3sons
on 8/24/10 1:44 am - Pinetops, NC
Revision on 08/13/13
shoot I was hungry the day of surgery.....The first 2 weeks for me were miserable. I felt like I was starving to death. I drank so much water, crystal light and broth in between my protein shakes. @ the 2 week mark I was able to start on pureed....It was the best food I had ever had in my life...refried beans were the best thing in the world! Just preapre yourself for the worst and then if it's not that bad then great! Good luck!~
CindyJo24
on 8/24/10 6:29 am - Grand Blanc, MI
I'm right there with all of you.  Today is day 8 post surgery and I get to introduce yogurt and cream soups.  I've been hungry for 3 weeks.  The pre-op liquid diet turned me into a monster with my family because I never felt full.  Then I started having hunger again about 3 days post surgery and have been hungry a majority of the time since then.  I'm trying to not overeat so that the stomach has time to heal.  I can't decide if it's head hunger or real hunger.  I am getting about 1000 calories from the protein shakes and few ounces of mushy foods, and I am drinking 64 ounces of water.  But I am still hungry a big part of the time.  Plus I miss weight training/exercise which I have stopped since it makes me even more hungry.

I think the key is to remember that this phase and these feelings are temporary and following the doctors instructions at every step are vital for long term success.   We can do this!  I'm going to leave the house today and go to the library with a shake.  I hope being out will take my mind off food for a few hours.

Wishing you all the best!
                       ~ Cindy
Learning to live, no longer living to eat