Why Caffeine after Bariatric Surgery Should Be Carefully Monitored

October 17, 2017 — by Liza Pompa, MD
Tags: Bariatric Surgery

Glass of caffeinated cola with striped strawBariatric surgery can provide patients with a healthy body and fresh outlook on life. Excess weight can lead to low self-esteem, poor emotional health, limited activity, and a host of medical conditions. When weight gain is severe and patients are unable to address it with diet and exercise, Dr. Liza María Pompa González and our team at LIMARP® can perform bariatric surgery to help you lose weight.

Our practice proudly provides a wide range of options and serves patients in the Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, CA area. Before undergoing surgery, it’s important to understand that there are certain foods and beverages that should be avoided. One such restriction includes the consumption of caffeine. Here are the reasons why caffeine after bariatric surgery should be limited and carefully monitored.

Caffeine Can Dehydrate

Because caffeine is a diuretic, it will cause you to urinate more frequently, flushing water quickly from your body. This can result in dehydration. Because the success of your post-surgical results is so heavily dependent on the consumption of water, it’s best to avoid consuming anything that may interfere with your water intake. This includes:

  • Carbonated sodas (can also dehydrate and stretch the stomach)
  • Black tea
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate

Caffeine Can Cause Digestive Issues

Caffeinated beverages are acidic by nature and increase the production of gastric acid in the stomach. This can result in acid reflux, heartburn, and other digestive issues, such as stomach pouch irritation. Maintaining a healthy balance of gastric acid in your body is necessary for a quick recovery and to help you lose weight effectively. Ongoing acid reflux not only causes discomfort, but can also lead to esophageal cancer.

Caffeine Can Interfere with Absorption

After bariatric surgery, the size of your stomach is significantly reduced. Because of this, it’s important to consume healthy foods so you receive the adequate nutritional benefits. Caffeinated beverages can make you feel fuller faster and interfere with the absorption of vitamins and nutrients, resulting in malnutrition.

Tips for Improving Your Results

If you find it difficult to get going without your morning coffee each day, try switching to decaffeinated coffee or at least half caffeinated and decaf while also increasing your water intake throughout the day. Because decaf coffee contains a small amount of caffeine, many patients find it to be beneficial. To receive the most nutrition in your diet, be sure and eat healthy foods first so you are not consuming caffeine on an empty stomach. This will allow you to receive the necessary nutrients in addition to preventing stomach irritation. 

You will also find that adding exercise and physical activity in your routine will help increase your energy levels. Before you know it, you will begin feeling better without the need for a midday pick-me-up.

Learn More

If you are interested in learning more about the bariatric surgeries we provide at LIMARP®, we encourage you to set up a consultation with one of our trained surgeons. We will carefully discuss what to expect before, during, and after the surgery, and provide access to a nutritionist to help you in planning your meals so you achieve the best possible results. To speak with one of our experts, please contact our office online.

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