Does carbonation really stretch your pouch?
I was really good about no carbonation for the first few months following surgery but then I discovered Coke Zero and I love it!! I usually have one per day. I went to see my gastroenterologist about a week ago and the PA told me that it could stretch my pouch. Do you think that is really true? I don't have any discomfort after drinking one. I never drink a full one all at once. I just may sip on a small bottle throughout the day and even then I never finish one. I am 8 months out.
Thanks so much for your help!
No, it is absolutely not true. The PA apparently does not understand anatomy. There are openings at both the top and bottom of your pouch. Liquids do not stay in the pouch. How could any liquid, carbonated or not, stretch the pouch?
Please note: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. If you want medical advice, talk to your doctor. Whatever I post, there is probably some surgeon or other health care provider somewhere that disagrees with me. If you want to know what your surgeon thinks, then ask him or her. Check out my blog.
"Stretching the opening at the bottom of the pouch (not the pouch itself)" was a question that came up at this week's support group and here's what the guest speaker from the Center of Weight Management-Park Rapids, MN said..."there are two things that cause stretching #1 carbonated drinks and #2 pushing food through too fast by drinking with or too soon after food consumption." Nobody in the group challenged her answer probably cause we were all sitting there guilty of both offenses a time or two :/