Can You Stretch Your Stomach After a Gastric Bypass?
Weight loss surgery patients often want to know if you can stretch your stomach after gastric sleeve surgery. Medical experts are divided on whether this is an actual phenomenon, as the stomach is a muscular organ that expands and contracts. A regular-sized stomach can stretch to hold more than four liters of food and returns to normal when food exits into the rest of the digestive system.
Following surgery, your new stomach pouch continues its normal flow of expansion and contraction. Tissues within the stomach called rugae remain present in sufficient amounts to continue the process. When you overeat, even on a bariatric diet, the rugae stretch to accommodate the food you eat. When you overeat repeatedly, the sensation of fullness takes longer, and before you know it, you have lapsed back into unhealthy eating habits.