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How can I treat gas after having weight loss surgery?

There are different types of gas that you may experience after weight loss surgery.

Carbon dioxide gas, which the surgeon uses during weight loss surgery, can get trapped in the body. Sometimes this can be felt as a “gas pain” in the shoulders. The best thing you can do for this gas is move. Walking and movement will help the intestines wake up and move the gas out of the body.

If the food you are eating is producing intestinal gas, avoid gas-producing foods like broccoli, cabbage and cucumbers. Drink plenty of water and, again, move.

If you have had a duodenal switch, your diet will significantly impact the amount of intestinal gas. Following your surgeon’s low-fat, high-protein diet recommendations will help.

If you find that you continue to struggle with intestinal gas, you may want to consider a probiotic to promote healthy bacteria in your intestines. Talk with your surgeon if you continue to find this to be a problem.

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