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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Post Gastrectomy Diet

Gastrectomy Diet
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A gastrectomy is the surgical removal of all or part
of the stomach and may affect normal digestion
until the remaining pouch has a chance to expand
and adapt. The following guidelines will prevent
food from moving through the remaining stomach
too rapidly:

1. Eat fewer simple sugars: foods high in sugar
should be avoided because they pass through
your stomach quickly and may cause diarrhea.

2. Eat more foods high in soluble fiber: foods high
in soluble fiber slow stomach emptying and
prevent sugar from being absorbed quickly.
the following foods are
high in soluble fiber:
Apples, Carrot, Oats, Apricots, Dates, Pears, Barley, Dried Beans, Prunes, Beets, Dried Peas, Raspberries, Brussels Sprouts, Figs Spinach

3. Use liberal amounts of fats: foods such as
margarine, mayonnaise, gravy and oils, salad
dressings, and cream cheese should be used
frequently during meals. Fats slow the emptying
of the stomach and can help to prevent dumping
syndrome or diarrhea from developing.

4. Eat smaller, more frequent meals: eating 5 or 6
small meals more often will allow you to eat the
equivalent of 3 regular meals without feeling full
too fast.

5. Drink liquids 30–60 minutes after meals
instead of with meals.

6. If milk causes distress, try a lactose-free milk


  1. May God be with you, and protect you, and your family. You are one of the strongest and bravest women, I have ever known. It looks like our little dog also has cancer. I guess neither humans, nor animals, can escepe this horrible disease. Don't ever stop fighting, Kerry. There has to be an answer somewhere.



  2. My sister was diagnosed around the same time as your mother with advanced gastric cancer (at the time she was 28). This past summer her chemo stopped being effective, and she's tried several things since, but none seem to work well. I was wondering, what sort of treatments has your mother had?

  3. CoCo,
    I'm so sad to hear about your sister. We've blogged almost every detail since our Mom was diagnosed but so far she's completed radiation and chemotherapy. Please call Cancer Treatment Centers of America. They really are amazing and should be able to help! Please keep us updated. That's way too young to get cancer and I can't imagine what you've all be going through. Stay positive no matter what, you never know how the body will react and you may find something helpful! Don't give up!


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