I had some pretty major complications after my gastric sleeve surgery (I blew out some staples in my stomach, probably from rushing my solid food choices) and was very ill for months.
I had a stent put in my stomach to allow me to eat without food leaking out the injured areas where the staples had blown. It was in place for 3 months, and I was unable to eat because of nausea for much of that time. Consequently, I lost a LOT of weight fast and didn’t have a very typical post-surgery experience.
After 3 months, the stomach had healed and the stent was removed. My appetite immediately returned and I felt great. I was able to regain my energy and strength, but although it was a severe way to do it, my appetite was definitely reduced by the experience.
Six months later, I can’t remember the bad part of my post-surgery experience. My energy and spirit have returned full time! I feel great and love the changes to my life. I have a new body image and no longer “hide” from being viewed in social situations.
I had a hard time giving up my favorite clothes, but as I gradually replaced them with new clothes (DO give thrift shops a try….you’ll be amazed at the great bargains and clothes you’ll find there) I was able to donate them and feel great that someone else would be enjoying my old favorites.
It’s impossible to really describe that your emotional health and cravings will be changed after surgery. You really will feel differently about food. You might mourn your old relationship and pleasure of eating food, but honestly, you probably won’t miss it as much as you think. Even if you think you’re going to go all out on a special treat, your new small tummy will keep it in check. So gradually, the anticipated pleasure of eating gets a new perspective.