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POUCH RULES (wish I could follow them)
A common misunderstanding of gastric bypass surgery is that the pouch causes weight loss because it is so small, the patient eats less. Although that is true for the first six months, that is not how it works. Some doctors have assumed that poor weight loss in some patients is because they aren’t really trying to lose weight. The truth is it may be because they haven’t learned how to get the “satisfied” feeling of being full to last long enough.
HYPOTHESIS OF POUCH FUNCTION: We have four educated guesses as to how the pouch works:
1) Weight loss occurs by actually “slightly stretching” the pouch with food at each meal or;
2) Weight loss occurs by keeping the pouch tiny through never ever overstuffing or;
3) Weight loss occurs until the pouch gets worn out and regular eating begins or;
4) Weight loss occurs with education on the use of the pouch.

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