Bariatric Surgery is not something to been taken lightly. If you’re not worried about complications, then you are certainly in a small, small minority.
One of the reasons that I chose to have a surgery with no malabsorption was because I wanted to minimize the risk of post-surgical complications.
My complications weren’t a direct result of surgery, but because I was unable to consume the amount of water that I needed to shorty after surgery.
I experienced postural hypotension. When going from sitting to standing, my field of vision would become very blurry and darkened. After a few seconds, it would slowly resolve and things would come back into focus. If you’ve never experienced it, it is a little scary.
In my case, my orthostatic/postural hypotension was causd by hypovolemia, having a reduced blood volume brought about by dehydration, rapid weight loss and blood loss during surgery. I didn’t realize that I was in trouble because I thought that as long as I was still passing urine and managing to get some water in, I was fine. Until one day I stood up and it took more than a minute for my vision to come into focus and I started shaking and experiencing panic.
It was a very scary experience and while I can’t say that it wouldn’t have happened if I was drinking more water, I do know that not pushing my water definitely didn’t make it any better.
In the first few weeks after surgery, don’t worry about protein, just make sure that you stay hydrated.