Modified Diet: Surgical Transition Diet
What is a surgical transition diet?
A surgical transition diet includes foods that are changed in texture. These foods are easy to eat and digest while providing needed nutrition. They also tend to be foods that will cause less irritation when they are digested. This diet is used for patients who are not ready for foods of normal consistency or with too many spices after trauma, surgery, or other treatments. Surgical soft foods include: cooked fruit and tender vegetables; baked, roasted, and stewed meats; as well as refined breads, cereals, and pastries.
Here is a list of appropriate foods:
- mashed potatoes
- soft meat
- ice cream
- cottage cheese
- cooked soft vegetables
- soups or stews
- blenderized foods such as shakes and smoothies
Here is a list of foods to avoid:
- raw foods with skin, seeds, and pulp such as fresh fruit and vegetables
- fried foods
- spicy foods
- tomato juice and products
- orange juice
- crunchy chips
If you have any questions regarding the surgical soft diet while you are in the hospital, please ask your nurse to contact the dietitian or dietetic technician.
If you are a UW Health patient and have more questions please contact UW Health at one of the phone numbers listed below.
2880 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
UW Health West Clinic
451 Junction Road
Madison, WI 53717
UW Health East Clinic
5249 East Terrace Drive
Madison, WI 53718
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 06/05/2012
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