Drinking Alcohol after WLS

After having weight loss surgery with Dr. Jorge Maytorena at the Oasis of Hope Hospital in Tijuana,
Mexico, you go back home and continue with recovery and start to lose weight. Subsequently after 
you’ve stuck to the post-op diet and you feel like engaging in social activities there is a high possibility 
that alcohol becomes present in friends and family gatherings and you might want to have a drink; 
however there is some things you need to know about alcohol:

It is unrealistic to think that after having gastric sleeve or any other weight loss procedures at 
Long Term WLS, patients will never drink again. As a consequence of Weight Loss Surgery and 
abstinence prior and after the procedure your body will react differently than before.

If you would like to have a drink here is a safe way Dr. Maytorena recommends  to enjoy a glass 
of wine or a spirit in social occasions:

Tips on drinking alcohol after WLS

1.- Results first, celebrations later

First and foremost avoid drinking alcohol the first 6 months because alcohol has “empty calories” 
that do not give provide you nutrients, they just increase your weight, and since you’ve been following 
your post-op to the letter, you want the calorie intake to be moderate when you are concentrating 
on losing weight.

2. Beware of dehydration

Water is a must, since alcohol dehydrates you will need to drink enough water to compensate the loss.
Dr. Maytorena also recommends to avoid diuretic drinks like coffee, green or black tea and other 
caffeinated drinks  if you plan on having a drink.

3.- One drink will feel like 2 or 3

Alcohol goes into your bloodstream and after WLS it does it much faster as a result alcohol 
will “hit you” two or three times harder than before and will take longer for alcohol to leave your system.

4.- Try it at home first

As previously mentioned, alcohol will have a stronger effect on your body than before, therefore 
Dr. Maytorena recommends post-op patients that they try having the first drink at home and see 
how they feel rather than having it at a social gathering where you might feel the effects much more
than before.

5.- Avoid sweet tasting drinks

To avoid having what is called  “dumping syndrome” Dr. Maytorena advises to stay away from 
sweet drinks like daiquiris or margaritas that only contribute sugar intake and no nutrition.

*Dumping syndrome happens when food or drinks that contain high concentrations of sugar,
move very fast from the stomach to the duodenum—the first part of the small intestine— and 
can create a series of symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,  abdominal pain and 
other ailments.

6.- Safety first

It goes without saying that you should never drink and drive since alcohol affects your motor skills.

Dr. Jorge Maytorena is the head bariatric surgeon for Long Term WLS in the Oasis of Hope
hospital and has performed over 6,000 bariatric procedures with strong spiritual and 
professional values and is truly committed to help patients achieve their weight loss goals.

For More information please contact us at

✉️ longtermvsg@gmail.com
888 349 4769

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