It’s been about 8 weeks since my surgery date and I’ve been eating regular foods. I’m choking more often since I had surgery. Is this normal? Does it eventually go away?
That wasn’t my experience, LAT. You really do have to eat slowly and chew your food carefully. It’s annoying at first, but you’ll eventually adapt to it. Try eating warm soupy foods. The heat will relax your throat and the texture will go down easy. Just do that to see if the choking still happens. If so, you might need to call the doctor. You shouldn’t make a habit of eating slider foods like soups though. It’s a slippery slope for gaining the weight back and your body needs to learn to digest all types of food textures too.
Dysphagia (a medical term for difficulty in swallowing) is common after surgery, but I am not sure if it still relates to choking. The narrowing of the gastric sleeve often causes this, and so can underlying medical conditions. I agree with @BeyondObesity that you’re better off with slider foods.
I have it sometimes, but it only happens when I don’t chew well enough. I am still, even a year post-op training myself to chew enough. Sometimes I think I’ve chewed enough but there are still some bigger chunks. If you don’t choke on your drinks, it means that you just didn’t chew it enough. It needs to be nearly liquified (sorry, that is gross).
Well, I have only heard of symptoms like sweating, lightheadedness, upper abdominal fullness, nausea and diarrhea (among others) but not of choking. You may want to review your choice of food because soupy foods are the best. If it persists, please consult a physician.