Dr. Mathias Fobi describes how a patient’s diet will differ after having bariatric surgery and if vomiting is a common occurrence. Dr. Fobi is a highly experienced bariatric surgeon at Tri-City Regional Medical Center in Hawaiian Gardens, California.
Immediately after all of these operations, we recommend that you don’t eat solid foods. For two reasons – one, you can form a blockage because the pouch in all these operations is made to be small and if you eat any solid food and you don’t chew it well it might block or you might end up with vomiting it.
Number two, in operations where the stomach is cut, like in the gastric bypass or Fobi pouch, if you eat solid foods and it causes a lot of pressure it can rupture the pouch. So in all these operations we recommend that in the first three to six weeks you stay on pureed diet. That means all the food you eat has to be ground so that it’s like baby food and then you can eat it.
Patients come and complain about vomiting. There are two things about this surgery that patients have to understand. There is what we call vomiting, which means bringing out a lot of food that you have eaten and there’s what we call an overflow of regurgitation that means, part of the food that you took came up. They are two different things – it’s like a funnel. If you fill it up too full, there is an overflow and that’s called regurgitation. Vomiting is when everything, it comes back.
So most of the patients don’t have vomiting, they have regurgitation right after the surgery. That means they are putting more into that stomach than it can hold and so the excess flows out. In the meantime, they are getting some nutrition. So we explain that to the patients by showing them in the office how the funnel works, by pouring liquid and showing them the overflow and the fact that even though there’s an overflow, some of the liquid is still going through the hole of the funnel, and by making these demonstrations, patients understand that they have to eat slowly and chew their food well, not eat and drink at the same time, eat and then drink later so that they don’t have this problem with overflow.
About Dr. Mathias A.L. Fobi, M.D., F.A.C.S.:
Dr. Mathias A.L. Fobi, is an internationally recognized bariatric surgeon, who has changed the shape of Hollywood heavyweights such as Etta James and American Idol’s Randy Jackson. MAL, as he is known among friends, was born in Nkwen, a small village in Cameroon, West Africa. He is a member of the first batch, class of 1965, 0f Sacred Heart College in Mankon Bamenda in Cameroon. He came to the USA through the African Scholarship Program for American Universities (ASPAU) in 1966. This was a scholarship program that was inaugurated by President Kennedy along with the Peace Corps Program.
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Condition: Obesity, Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese
Related Terms: StomaphyX™, Weight Loss, Bariatric Surgery, LAP-BAND®, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, Nutrition, Overweight, BMI, Body Mass Index, Decreased Mobility, Comorbidities, Diabetes, Hypertension, REALIZE®, GERD, Bariatric Seminars, REALIZE® Band, Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery, StomaphyX™
Health Care Provider: Tri-City Regional Medical Center, Tri-City Hospital, Tri-City Medical Center,The Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence at Tri-City Regional Medical Center
Location: West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, Oceanside, Torrance, Lakewood, Long Beach, Orange County, Irvine, California, Hawaiian Gardens, 90716
Expert: Dr. Mathias A.L. Fobi, Mathias A. L. Fobi, M.D., Dr. Fobi, Doctor Fobi, Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Fobi
Expertise: Incisionless Bariatric Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, LAP-BAND®, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Fobi Pouch