Modified Diet: Diet Advancement after Surgery
After surgery, you will not be allowed to eat or drink a thing until your doctor decides that it is safe for you. Once you are allowed to eat, you will be moved through a series of diets to help your stomach digest foods again.
Clear Liquid Diet
Your stomach does not need to work very hard to digest liquids on this diet. This is the first step after surgery.. Foods that are allowed on this diet are:
- Italian ice
- Iced tea
- Hard candy
Your next step would be to a “full liquid” diet if you can handle clear liquids. How you handle food is based on nausea, vomiting, bowel movements, and pain.
Full Liquid Diet
This diet consists of all you can eat on a “clear liquid” diet and it adds in other liquids as well. New liquids you will be able to eat include:
- Cream of wheat/rice
- Ice cream
- Cream soups
- Food supplements (Ensure, Boost, etc)
Depending on how long you remain on a full liquid diet, food supplements may make up a large portion of your diet to make sure you are getting enough calories. Once you can take full liquids, you will be advanced to solid foods again. This is called a general diet or may be more exact if you have other dietary limits.
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If you have any questions about what to expect, contact your dietitian or doctor.
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Last Updated: 04/11/2013
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