Drinking soda after gastric sleeve is not recommended due to its carbonation and zero nutrients.
Drinking soda can cause many issues including bloating, gas, acid reflux, decreased healing after surgery, decreased weight loss, possible dehydration, and decreased absorption of vitamins and minerals.
There any many healthy alternatives to soda including water (always the best choice), milk (non-fat or low-fat), decaf coffee (black if you can), and decaf tea.
Gastric sleeve surgery changes your life from how you look to how you perceive food and ultimately what your new eating habits are going to be like for the rest of your life.
One of the biggest struggles with getting a gastric sleeve is learning what foods and beverages your new stomach can handle. Many bariatric patients drink soda on a regular basis before the surgery, but it isn’t something that should be included in your new changed lifestyle.
Can I drink Soda?
If you want to look at soda on a purely technical basis you can drink it after surgery, but it is definitely not advised for multiple reasons. Regular, low-calorie and no-calorie sodas should all be avoided in favor of water after bariatric surgery.
Why is soda a bad idea after gastric sleeve surgery?
Carbonation causes gas, bloating and carries a risk of acid reflux. One of the reasons you don’t want to consume soda is due to the carbonation that is present in all forms including colas, clear-colored and no caffeine varieties.
The bubbles cause expansion of your stomach and bloating, which you can burp out to relieve discomfort under normal circumstances, but the reduced size of your stomach can make the discomfort severe and could be significantly painful.
It can also slow healing from the procedure because the bloating puts excessive pressure on the incision. The same logic applies to anything with carbonation including beer, sparkling wine, champagne, or seltzer water.
If you absolutely cannot go without, limit your intake to a few sips and allow it to get flat before consuming for less carbonation and irritation.