VSG & Bowel Movement

on 1/11/19 5:39 am
VSG on 02/20/19

Good Morning Everyone,

I'm about to have my VSG surgery next month, February 2019. I'm 56 years old, post-menopausal, and have experienced issues with constipation the past 2 years while going through menopause. Up until menopause my bowels have been very regular, never an issue. After speaking with a few local people who've had VSG surgery (ranging from one to five years post-surgery), I was told that constipation could be a side effect and something you learn to live with, maneuver around. Would like to hear from as many folks as possible what your experience has been, what I should be prepared for, etc. Thanks for your input!


on 1/11/19 7:26 am
RNY on 06/03/15

a lot of us deal with that (both VSGers and RNYers). A capful of Miralax every day helps a lot of us. Others take stool softeners, etc - you just have to find something - or a combination of things - that works for you and keep on top of it.

RNY 06/03/15 by Michael Garren (Madison, WI)

Plastic Surgery 08/10/18 and 03/29/19 by Lawrence Zachary (Chicago, IL)

HW: 373 SW: 316 GW: 145 LW: 138 CW: 150

Gwen M.
on 1/11/19 8:05 am
VSG on 03/13/14

Constipation can be a side effect of a high protein diet. It's super important to stay hydrated and to ensure you're getting enough healthy fats in your diet. Aside from that, as said above, many of us use Miralax. It's not habit-forming, so safe to use longterm unlike other solutions. I'm 4 years post-op and I will add a capful or half capful to my breakfast protein shake if I haven't had a bowel movement the previous day. These days I probably use it 1-2 a week.

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 42 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

TrendWeight | Food Blog (sort of functional) | Journal (down for maintenance)

on 1/11/19 9:10 am
VSG on 10/05/17


I have found (after I went to solid foods) that 2 prunes eaten slowly with breakfast are a big help. They have potassium and iron, and I do like the way they taste.

I've really not had any problem.

HW: 240 lbs CW: 205 lbs: SW: 199 lbs GW: 130 lbs
1 MO = 167.0 2 MO = 156.4 3 MO = 148.4 4 MO = 140.6
5 MO = 136.0 6 MO = 130.0 (GOAL) 20 MO = 133
"At the evening of our life, we shall be judged by our love."

Kristi T.
on 1/11/19 9:44 am - MT
VSG on 02/09/16

Hi Julie! I started to go through menopause about 2 years ago and began HRT. Along with the VSG and menopause constipation worsened. My PCP suggested Natural Calm, it is a magnesium powder drink that I mix in water everyday. It has been a lifesaver for me. Of course check with your PCP or surgeon first:-) It is in every natural health food store I have been in!

on 1/12/19 8:31 pm
VSG on 12/27/18

I haven't had too many problems with constipation pain, though I didn't have a bowel movement for about 4 days after I was released from the hospital. Just as it started to worry me, it came and was regular. I also didn't take many pain meds and drank a lot of protein shakes, which have a lot of fiber in them, so perhaps that helped. I would check with your surgeon after surgery if it becomes a problem or concern because he/she can give or recommend something that will help. Good luck on your journey! I'm very excited for you!


5'6" Female 31 years old

HW: 273 / SW: 261 / GW:140

on 1/22/19 7:22 am
VSG on 01/27/14

I'm five years out and still have constipation issues. Miralax is my best friend! I have it in my morning coffee a few times a week.