What's the deal with straws?

on 3/23/14 3:46 am

Hi Everyone,


I am a VSG patient, 9 months out.  I struggle getting all of my water in- it has been one of the hardest parts of this journey for me.  I swear if I could use a straw I would be getting way more water in with so much more ease.  I was a straw user prior to surgery but during the education piece of this journey (pre op) I was told to never use a straw after I have the surgery.  I can't remember why- I could look back through my stuff but thought I would ask here.   Anyone using straws again, without any issues?  I swear a straw would assist me with water intake!


on 3/23/14 4:35 am - OH

Some people find they suck in too much air with a straw and it gives them painful gas.  If it does that to you, then don't use one.  Otherwise, there is no reason not to use one.

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on 3/23/14 7:45 am

I will admit I use straws all the time.I would not get the water in if I didn't.I had water bottles that I felt I got more air when I drank out of them.I love straws.

on 3/23/14 10:27 am
RNY on 11/20/13

Use the magnifying symbol at the top of the page and search for "straw".  Hopefully it will find a good discussion we had earlier this month where we told our experiences with straws.

Congrats on the surgery!!!

Pam (RNY: 11/20/2013)

on 3/23/14 10:35 am - Ajax, Canada
RNY on 04/29/13

I am RNY and 11 months out and like my water much better while sipping with a straw. I feel I get more in with small easy sips and less air than gurgling out of a bottle. Quenches my thirst better too. Whatever works for you I think. Good luck!

Referred HRRH Apr.  2012, Info. Session: Sept 12/12, Surgeon Consult: Dr L Smith Sept 19/12,  RD/SW/RN/ Nov 19/12.  Surgery Date:  April 29, 2013


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