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7sandi11
on 7/7/06 10:49 am - NJ

My friend who had the surgery Feb. 8th of this year, just called me and told me last night accidentally she swallowed her gum.  She said she's been able to eat since.  She got down her protein shake this morning and a half of a sandwich for lunch.  But she's having pain in her back on the left side and she's really tired. 

Has anyone out there swalled gum?  Should she be worried.  She's at work and can't post this.   So I told her I would do it for her.   Anyone who has experienced this or knows anything about this please let me know If she should be worried.  I told her to call the doctor, but she thinks cause she's been able to keep her food down that she's ok.  I don't know Thanks  Sandi

 

peacefuldaizy
on 7/7/06 10:51 am - South of Buffalo, NY
My NUT told me not to chew gum for at least 6 months b/c the only way to get it out if we swallow it is through surgery ... Have her call her surgeon just to be safe.   Annette
Jennifer K.
on 7/7/06 10:52 am - Charlotte, NC
I havent personally done this but I *just* asked my surgeon about chewing gum yesterday. He said if I happened to swallow it it shouldnt be an issue as long as it was a "normal" piece of gum (like not hubbabubba or double bubble - you know those huge pieces). If shes having pain and is tires she should call the doc - could be something else besides the gum causing that!

First visit to surgeon - 288 ~ bmi 45.1 
2 week pre-op 252 ~ bmi 39.5
Total lost - 143   Since surgery - 107!

Goal weight - 155
Current weight - 145 ~ bmi 22.7
Holding steady at 145 since Feb 2008!


Christine X.
on 7/7/06 10:52 am - TX
What a good friend you are. And you are right, have her call her doctor. It could be fine, but until the surgeon tells her so, there is always the what if....
Christine  "Life is like a jar of jalapenos.  What you
do today, might burn your ass tomorrow".
Check out www.dsfacts.com for information on Duodenal Switch


  
LORA58
on 7/7/06 10:54 am - KOKOMO, IN
tell her not to fart, she might blow a bubble!  hahaha lora
(deactivated member)
on 7/7/06 12:02 pm - Under the Stars, MI
iluvbreeze
on 7/7/06 12:51 pm - Cherry Capital of the World!, MI
2 funny lora!
When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.
90 pds lost~Forever!!!! 
               
                                          



hanvey3252
on 7/7/06 10:57 am - Clarksville, TN
I was told by my surgeon not to chew gum.  He said that if it was swallowed, it would need to be surgically removed.

UNDER GOAL!!

(deactivated member)
on 7/7/06 10:59 am - Aberdeen, WA
I don't know what type of surgery your friend had, but I can tell you that swallowing gum with a LAP-BAND is a serious thing.  The gum can completely block the stoma, necessitating removal with an endoscope, which is why most LAP-BAND patients are advised against chewing gum.
Quinns ..
on 7/7/06 11:03 am
I chew gum every day. With that..I guess do what your doctor says..I've swallowed gum on occasion as i've swalloed a grape..an ice cube..a pea..none of which have ever gotten stuck. All the support groups I run and the 8 years i've been here on OH..never encountered anyone who had to had a scope to remove gum or anything else..it usually passes with no issue and people are fine. I dont know about different operations but do what your doctor tells you to do. Mariella
It's a girl!!!

Amelia Christine - Due 7/17/07






Charlie
on 7/7/06 11:22 am - Daytona Beach, FL
Hey....my doc told me not to chew gum...he said chances are if I swallow it, it won't get stuck, but it could...he said over the years, he's seen it surgically removed a few times....(bet it was big globs of bubble gum) I chew it occasionally....but not often.  I just don't seem to have a problem swallowing it..... Good day here......laaaazy.  Had a facial yesterday....went for latte's with a friend....then we played golf with them and I cooked shrimp creole and made a dessert with mango sorbet and strawberries marinated in wine and Splenda and lime juice and cinnamon...........OH YUM. Wore me out.....thinking of going out to play a round of golf by myself...... Hope your day is going well........... Hugs Charlie

 

                                              
    


 

 


 

Christine X.
on 7/7/06 1:32 pm - TX
Will you adopt me?
Christine  "Life is like a jar of jalapenos.  What you
do today, might burn your ass tomorrow".
Check out www.dsfacts.com for information on Duodenal Switch


  
Charlie
on 7/7/06 1:52 pm - Daytona Beach, FL
Only if you wash dishes.... Hugs Charlie

 

                                              
    


 

 


 

peacefuldaizy
on 7/7/06 11:40 am - South of Buffalo, NY
Grapes, ice cubes, and peas are digested or dissolved ... Gum does not.  Probably for most people, there is no problem, but it is a possibility.   Annette
7sandi11
on 7/7/06 11:08 am - NJ
jUST SO EVERYONE KNOWS SHE HAD THE GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY.
MercyAngel
on 7/7/06 11:31 am - Hanover, PA
I chew gum daily too!  I have swallowed it a few times, and once about a month out of surgery.  I have never had any problems.

 *~*MercyAngel a.k.a. Rose Mary*~*

Open RNY 10-26-05
272/190/147    FINALLY in ONEderland!!!

MANG0LINN
on 7/7/06 11:33 am - LOCKPORT, NY
I was also advised to NEVER chew gum after having my RNY because of problems that MIGHT occur.  That has been enough to keep me away from it and I was a HUGE chewer--lol.  Tell your friend GOOD LUCK!!!

315/178/175

~~Margo

peacefuldaizy
on 7/7/06 11:42 am - South of Buffalo, NY
It surprises me that anyone would swallow gum ... I think the last time I swallowed it I was perhaps 10 years old.  Ever since then, I've managed to chew gum and walk at the same time without any problems whatsoever.  LoL Annette
7sandi11
on 7/7/06 12:10 pm - NJ
i ALSO HAVEN'T SWALLOWED GUM SINCE I WAS ABOUT 10YRS OLD.  BUT WHEN MY FRIEND CALLED ME UPSET I DIDN'T THINK TO MAKE HER FEEL BAD ABOUT IT AND ASK HER HOW SHE MANAGED TO DO THAT.  IT WAS AND ACCIDENT AND THATS ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW AND SHE WAS SCARED.  I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE THE BEST PLACE TO ASK ABOUT THIS,  AND EVERYONE ELSE HAS BEEN SO HELPFUL. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO GAVE ADVISE!
peacefuldaizy
on 7/7/06 12:23 pm - South of Buffalo, NY
I wasn't judging anyone ... Just found it curious that people still swallow their gum!  I used to do it on purpose when I was too lazy to spit it out or was caught chewing it in school.  LOL  Hope it all works out well for her! Annette