Question about caffeine after surgery

on 1/22/21 7:16 pm

I like my caffeine. How long after your weight loss surgery did you have to wait to drink coffee or caffeinated drinks?

on 1/23/21 6:58 am
VSG on 06/11/18

It very much depends on your surgeon and dietitian. I think that the first meal I was given included a cup of tea.

I suspect that coffee is a little harder on the stomach than tea is, so even if you aren't given any restrictions on caffeine, I would suggest avoiding it for the first week at least.

Carbonation is another matter, of course. Even after you have healed from surgery, carbonated drinks will be too painful to drink. Also, I realised that for me, the first sip of ice cold soda was what I really craved. So after a few months, what I did was to keep a bottle of diet soda in the fridge. I would take a sip, replace the cap, and put the soda back in the fridge. After a few days, the soda would be sort of flat, at which point I would poli**** off.

on 1/25/21 7:41 am

Coffee will be the hardest for me to stay away from but I want to do what is best for my body after surgery. I am trying to wean myself off of any soda at this time and just bought a variety of teas which I have only drank a handful of times in my life.

on 1/23/21 6:59 am
RNY on 06/03/15

I had to wait six months, but surgeons are literally all across the board on this. There seems to be no consensus at all. Some want you to never have caffeine ever again in your life, some allow you to drink it before you even leave the hospital, some say it's OK in limited quantities (like one cup of caffeinated coffee per day), some want you to wait a month, or three months, or six months. So check with your surgeon to see if he/she has a preference. They all seem to have different opinions on this.

on 1/25/21 7:42 am

I appreciate your advice and insight!

on 1/24/21 3:25 pm, edited 1/24/21 7:27 am
RNY on 02/14/18

One week. It was the longest week ever until the weeks that made up the year of the month of March 2020!

I did a week of cafe au lait with coffee and fairlife milk and then went back to my normal coffee habits.

Not counting my coffee, I drink 100 oz of water, usually 30-50 oz of that is sparkling. Just like everything else, your tolerance for the acid in coffee, carbonation, etc will be individual.

HW: 306 SW: 282 CW:144.8 GW: 145 (reached 2/6/19), next goal - 132.9


on 1/25/21 7:44 am

One week will feel like forever for me too! Thanks for your insight as well.

Janet P.
on 1/25/21 10:01 am

My surgeon recommended that I avoid caffeine for the first 6 months. I think I made it about 4 months ;)

I love coffee and drink it every morning.

Janet in Leesburg
DS 2/25/03
Hazem Elariny

on 1/27/21 5:41 am

Making it 4 months is pretty good!

Cathy H.
on 1/26/21 9:20 am
VSG on 10/31/16

Every surgeon/program is different. No matter what yours recommends, stick to the guidelines. You may be lucky and be allowed 1 cup per day from the beginning, like I was.

5'3", CW: 165 Ultimate Goal: 150 ............. Livin' La KETO Loca!!
134 lbs lost since surgery, 195 overall!! Initial goal reached 9/15/17, (10.5 months)!
SW*: 299 GW: 175 HW 3/2015: 360 PSW* 5/2016: 330 *PSW=Prog Start Wt; SW=Surgery Wt

M1 -31, M2 -10, M3 -15, M4 -16, M5 -8, M6 -6, M7 -11, M8 -8, M9 -8, M10 -4, M10.5 -7 GOAL

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