Hi everyone, welcome to Mexicali Bariatric Center. Today I would like to talk to you about drinking coffee after surgery. I get asked a lot, “will I be able to drink coffee after surgery?” The answer is yes… but not right after surgery. There are two reasons why. The first one is that coffee has caffeine, and as you know caffeine is a diuretic. So right after surgery remember that our main concern is that you don’t get dehydrated, getting all your liquids in daily is very important. So by drinking coffee you are working against what we are trying to do. The second thing is that coffee makes your stomach produce more acid. As many of you know, with the gastric sleeve one of the “side effects” is acid reflux. For all our procedures (except the lap-band), we ask our patients to take acid inhibitors to regulate the amount of acid in your stomach. By trying to achieve that with medication, drinking coffee means going directly against what we’re trying to do. But again: you may drink coffee just not right after surgery.
Our recommendation at MBC is to wait at least 3 months. After that you can start introducing coffee into your daily routine, just two things: moderation and quantity. Don’t start with 5 or 6 cups a day, try one or two and see how it goes. If you see some negative effects such as nausea or acid reflux then stop. Also be really careful on what you put into your coffee. Sometimes we receive calls telling us that their weight loss has stalled, and when we go over what has changed, some patients make a stop at the coffee shop and add sweet flavors and cream to their drinks… when you check, sometimes it is 600 calories in just one drink. It won’t make sense cutting portions on food and then drinking it all in your coffee. Remember, the word is moderation.