I agree with the others. It is definately a side effect of gastric bypass. The way it was explained at my support group by the medical staff is that gassiness has multiple causes after gastric bypass.
1) When you drink large amounts of water or carbonated beverages you tend to swallow more air which then enters the pouch and starts on toward the intestines.
2) Small bites that are well chewed and then swallowed tend to introduce more air than the large bites we ate before surgery and since we do not have the muscle contractions in the stomach to break up the air and force it back up the esophagus it moves on into the intestines quickly.
3) Since food passes quickly through the stomach the air does not dissolve but goes with the food and since the food does not stay long in the stomach but moves before digestion is complete the smell of the digesting food goes along with the air and food into the intestines. So the gassiness sometimes has an offensive odor. There is a tablet that is supposed to help with the odor but I have not tried it.
What to do? Well my medical team has me using a number of different things. I use gas-x if I feel bloated. My naturopath has me take a chewable acidophilus 20 minutes before eating to help with digestion. He also had me take a licorise root chewable digestive enzyme that tasted horrible but did help. The better our food is digested in the stomach and the slower we eat the less gas we will have. I have had digestive issues for a long time and before surgery had slow emptying stomach so I have taken for many years acidophilus and a papaya and pineapple chewable enzyme(chewable from Trader Joe's is cheapest I found) before meals to help with digestion. I helps breakdown the food and and dissolve the air and thereby reduces any gas.
So speak with your surgeon, doctor, and naturopath about the problem.
Cindy - A Co-Leader on Gastric Bypass Sparklers
Proximal Laproscopic RNY 9-10-10
Start Wt: 228 5-21-10
Surgery Wt: 205 9-10-10
Goal Wt: 135
| current weight: 176.0