Nutrition after removal of the stomach
When you have got the whole stomach removed, the esophagus is connected to the small intestine.
Normally the stomach is a reservoir for the food and the food is grinded into small pieces and blended with gastric juice. When the food is sufficient grinded it is let out in the duodenum in small amounts.
After this surgery the food leave the esophagus and goes directly into the small intestine.
Some patients suffer from dumping syndrome when they eat or drink
Dumping syndrome is a pain in the stomach, where you feel bloated, maybe you vomit, maybe you have nausea, maybe you will experience having a cold sweat, maybe you have palpitation, you feel the need of lying down and maybe you get diarrhoea.
If you have some of the symptoms above you should be careful with foods and drinks/liquids containing large amounts of sugar, lactose (sugar from milk) and fruit sugars (fructose).
Instructions for you
We have listed some dietary advice to follow
- Eat small meals and eat many times a day – maybe 6 to 10 meals a day (“a meal” can include both solid foods and/or drinks/liquids rich in calories and proteins)
- Chew the food carefully
- Drink only small amounts of liquid to the meal. Larger amounts of beverage and liquid meals should be taken 15 minutes before or 15 – 30 minutes after the meal
- Be careful with fruits such as oranges, grapes, plums due to the peel and skin (cut into small pieces or remove the skin)
Be careful with vegetables rich in dietary fibers such as asparagus and leeks (cut them into small pieces)
- Eat and drink plenty of protein. Foods rich in protein are especially found in meat, fish, egg, milk, cheese and leguminous fruit (kidney beans, lentils, chick peas etc.)
- Eat a variety of foods and eat foods with a high content of energy (kJ/kcal)
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