A good diet will promote both the healing in the area of surgery and the way you feel. We suggest that you maintain a high protein diet. We also recommend that you drink at least 8 large glasses of liquid a day for the first two weeks following surgery.
Avoid foods that are hard, sticky, or spicy during the week after surgery. We suggest that you avoid: popcorn, nuts, and seeds of any variety, pizza, candy, gum, dried fruits, peanut butter, and hot peppers.
Milk – plain whole milk, skim milk, buttermilk, yogurt,
Soup – all soups including vegetable soups, “cream” soups made with milk and bouillon
Eggs/Cheese – in any form, especially soft boiled, poached, scrambled, and omelets, etc. Use cheese in scrambled eggs and or omelets.
Chicken/Turkey – boiled, broiled, or baked until tender (broth can be used for chicken rice/noodle soup)
Fish – creamed tuna, salmon, shellfish (minced), broiled haddock, and cod
Vegetables – mashed potatoes, pureed vegetables, or vegetable juices such as tomato juice, etc. Potatoes should be mashed with milk or cheese
Fruits – mashed bananas, stewed fruits, and pureed fruits
Fruit Juices – any desired (except those with sugar added), use liberally
Cereal – oatmeal or any high fiber HOT cereal
Supplements – Ensure® and Slim Fast®
Pureeing foods ordinarily eaten, in a blender or food grinder, makes a near normal diet possible. Canned baby foods are a good source of pureed vegetables, fruits, and meats, if a blender or food grinder is not available.
Powdered skim milk is an excellent source of protein, minerals, and some vitamins. It can be added to soups, gravies or whole milk. The high protein powdered or liquid preparations such as Metrecal® (recommended in weight reduction programs) can be used in liberal amounts.