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please confirm pop question

on 4/19/13 3:48 pm


My mom had this surgery 30 years ago and they told her not to drink pop because it would dissolve the staples.

I was told I can drink diet pop if it is uncarbonated.

Can we drink uncarbonated diet pop?

on 4/19/13 3:53 pm - OH

Yes you can but is flat pop worth it i think not!  Yuck

on 4/19/13 4:04 pm - OH

Pop will not dissolve your staples, carbonated or not.

Yes, you can drink flat diet pop if you want to.  You can drink pop that is not flat if you want to.  It will not harm your staples or anything else.  It might give you painful gas or it might not.  Doesn't bother me at all.

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jackie M.
on 4/19/13 4:39 pm - Sunbury, PA
RNY on 10/10/12

I am 6 months out from my RnY.  I have not had any soda/pop at all.  

I do not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes either.  

I am not going to take any chances with my new life by having that stuff.  

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on 4/19/13 7:26 pm - San Antonio, TX

I have been drinking fully carbonated diet soda since 20 months post-op. I have not had any issues. Other than this unhealthy habit (yes, I know all the diet soda horror stories), I eat a well balanced Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian diet. If interested, please see my profile page.

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Cicerogirl, The PhD

on 4/19/13 7:31 pm - OH

Soda is not anywhere near strong enough to start to dissolve staples AND because your pouch is basically a funnel, liquid doesn't stay in it for any extended period of time... It trickles out as soon as you swallow it... so no liquid is in the pouch for very long to cause any kind of problems.

Even if soda DID dissolve the staples, it would be the acid in it that would do so, and just letting pop go flat wouldnt change the acid content.  If you find flat diet soda appealing, sure you am drink it, but most people find that the carbonation is a big part of the attraction so flat soda isn't very appealing.  Some people find that the carbonation causes pouch discomfort; other people have no problem with it.  Some people find that soda gives them gas (burping OR flatulence); others have no problem. Personally, I have a diet soda more days than not, am maintaining me weight loss at almost 6 years out, and just pour the soa over a little bit of ice to cut the carbonation a small amount.  It doesn't cause me any discomfort, but if I drink it "straight" instead of pouring it over some ice, it can give me gas (flatulence, in my case).


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on 4/21/13 5:49 pm - MI

At what point did you try pop again? Ad do you drink caffeine or decaf?



Cicerogirl, The PhD

on 4/21/13 6:10 pm - OH

I had a single sip about 4 months out, but did not have more than that until after 6 months, and then it was just very occasionally (maybe half of a class/can per week).  I did not start drinking it again regularly until I was almost at my goal (so at about 18 months out).  I drink caffeinated (usually Pepsi Max or Coke Zero).


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on 4/20/13 5:48 am

Those staples are made out of  Titanium.  They would survive more than our bodies.  If someone digs up my grave in a couple hundred years the pile of staples will probably still be laying there. 

on 4/20/13 6:03 am - VA
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Cicerogirl, The PhD

on 4/20/13 7:09 am - OH

Yep.  Right after I had my knee replacement, it occurred to me that if I am buried when I die, what will eventually be left is the bones and teeth, the staples in my pouch, my IVC filter, and my knee joint.... and I wondered if the knee joint would survive  the heat of cremation...


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Lori F.
on 4/22/13 3:38 am - St. Clair Shores, MI
RNY on 12/27/12

Yes, it will survive.  There was actually an article about a company recycling all the metal parts left from cremation.

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on 4/20/13 8:03 am - IN

I chose not to because of the acidity since I have had an ulcer. Same thing with coffee now.  I am fully healed and do not want to chance it.  Before the ulcer I did drink soda. I really don't miss it. 

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on 4/20/13 10:09 am

I've read the pros and cons since my surgery 9/1/11 but because my instructions say to give it up to lose weight, I gave it up.  I've been carbonation free ever since and while there are times I really do want a diet coke there are more times that I have forgotten all about it.  It use to have control over me now I have the control on my side.  My advice is to ask you doctor why you shouldn't drink it.  

on 4/22/13 2:55 am

My surgeon didn't say anything about pop neither do or don't, one NUT said don't do drink diet pop cause of something about the "fake" sugar and my body still thinking its real sugar and producing insulin and it effecting the ketosis that I want my body to be in to loose the maximum amount of weight.  Then a different NUT she didn't see how a diet coke could hurt other than maybe giving me a belly ache and making me feel like I was going to explode due to the carbonation.  But my surgeon did say that the staples are stronger than my stomach and that I would it damage before the staples, but he was talking about over eating, not drinking.