We have just started a new poll about lactose intolerance. The reason for it stems from a discussion with a group of specialist dieticians who said that they did not see any or many patients with this problem after surgery. Which means, I think, that either nobody has trouble with drinking milk - or that it is a problem that people have solved without reference to the dieticians.
The reason we think that lactose intolerance is relevant is that lactase, that helps the body to absorb the lactose in milk / dairy products, is generated in the top part of the stomach which is quite often removed during the surgery. After the operation, we may well be eating porridge with full fat milk etc in order to put weight on, and this can create digestion problems. Trying milk that is lactose-free, or an alternative often has a really beneficial effect, we think.
We are trying to be a little bit systematic about the numbers involved, so please help us by entering the poll and adding any comments you think would be helpful.
Thanks very much