Most people have minimal appetite after the ESG procedure and become full on very small portions (eg. half to one cup of fluid). You will need to follow a liquid diet for three weeks following the procedure, however your appetite will remain minimal during this time.
After 1-2 weeks, your appetite may start to return but is typically blunted, and when you do eat, you will get full VERY easily. Our patients tell us they get full on a couple of tablespoons of yoghurt! During this time, you must eat very slowly and cautiously, as overeating can very easily occur. If you overeat, your body will give you a signal, whether it be bloating, reflux, hiccups or indigestion. It is very important to pay attention to your body signals, as the aim is to learn when you’ve had enough without developing those signals.
Over the next 6-8 weeks, you will gradually be able to increase the amount you eat, although not to what it was previously. You will be guided by your dietitian on healthy and nourishing food options and suitable portion sizes to keep you feeling well during this time.