• Clinical observations and data obtained in animal experiments indicate that the gastric partition is most susceptible to the stresses of solid food boluses between the second and sixth postoperative weeks, predisposing the operation to early failure. Tensiometer studies indicate that by the sixth to the eighth postoperative week, the staple line is as strong as uninjured stomach. Liquid diet restriction for eight weeks after gastric partitioning reduces the incidence of early operative failure. Until safe and effective methods of increasing staple line strength are established, all patients having gastric partitioning should be restricted to a liquid diet for eight weeks after operation.
(Arch Surg 115:528-533, 1980)