Barring surgery, an adult's stomach typically remains the same size regardless of food intake, according to WebMD. A person's stomach expands to absorb a large meal, reports the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, but it goes back to its normal size after passing food to the small intestine.Know More
What people perceive as a reduced stomach size is really just retraining eating habits so that a person feels fuller after eating less, reports WebMD. Weight doesn't influence stomach size, as some thin people have stomachs equal to or larger than those of others who weigh more.
Some people have stomach-reducing surgeries to reduce their stomachs to the size of a walnut. This type of surgery, called bariatric surgery, is employed when an obese person is unable to reach or maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise.Learn more about Gastrointestinal Issues
Common causes of stomach swelling and bloating include eating excessive amounts of food in one sitting, eating rich and fatty foods and eating too fast, according to WebMD. Accidentally swallowing air and bacteria in the stomach can also cause stomach swelling and bloating.Full Answer >
Researchers hypothesize that chewing gum reduces recovery time after colon surgery the same way that chewing food does, by stimulating gastrointestinal hormones and by causing pancreas and salivary gland to increase secretions, explains WebMD. A 2008 analysis of five studies concluded that gum chewing reduces recovery time by around one day.Full Answer >
Gastric bypass surgery is the procedure of cutting the stomach into large and small sections to shrink the size of the stomach, according to WebMD. The procedure allows patients to feel full faster, forcing them to eat less.Full Answer >
Following colon resection surgery for diverticulitis, hospitalization is standard for four to eight days to ensure appropriate healing and function of the colon; a nasogastric tube is generally used to keep the stomach empty, according to Oregon Surgical Specialists. Most patients are up and walking in one to two days.Full Answer >