Why You Get Hiccups After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

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Bariatric surgery in Mexico comes with many benefits. However, it also comes with certain side effects—some of which can be a bit annoying. One example? Hiccupping after gastric sleeve surgery.

Sure, this is a minor side effect and it goes away once you recover. But we still count it as an annoyance of gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico.

Wait, Hiccups?

Yes, you read that right. Hiccups after gastric sleeve surgery is incredibly common, but it doesn’t get as much attention as things like acid reflux and gas. Probably because it is just annoying rather than painful or embarrassing.

And as it ends up, it is usually tied to those symptoms anyway and gets overshadowed.

So, why is it that people tend to get bouts of hiccups after bariatric surgery? The truth is that we don’t completely know. The cause of hiccups after surgery hasn’t been proven, but there are theories.

The main one is that eating too much or too quickly stresses the altered digestive system. This creates gas, which builds up in the stomach, stretching it and placing pressure on the diaphragm. The diaphragm then contracts to try to reduce this pressure, causing both burping and hiccups.

However, this theory is a bit flawed. First of all, patients will experience hiccups even when they have eaten anything. Second of all, this symptom tends to resolve shortly after surgery, often well before patients are eating solid foods again.

Reducing Hiccups After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Since we aren’t clear on the cause, the effectiveness of treatment will vary. However, we do suggest you try the following:

  • Incorporate Mindfulness Into Mealtimes: Many people seeking bariatric surgery zone out during mealtimes and snacking, eating well beyond fullness without truly savoring anything. Instead, eat slowly and think about the experience.
  • Portion Control in Advance: No more eating out of larger containers. If you are going to have some chips, portion them out, then put the bag away. Also, portion control in general. Weigh and measure everything you eat.
  • Make a Food Schedule: In addition to not eating more than needed, you also shouldn’t eat more often than required. At the same time, skipping meals or snacks could lead to severe hunger and binging. Set a schedule and stick to it.
  • Know Your Triggers: If you have been getting hiccups often, think about what you did before they began that could have caused it. Then, try avoiding those triggers.

Are you ready to learn more about sleeve surgery or gastric bypass in Tijuana? Contact Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Jalil.


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