Foods to Avoid After Surgery


Surgical process usually requires a long recovery period. Some surgeries require a special diet to speed up recovery by avoiding some foods after surgery. What are they?

Although there are surgeries that do not require dietary modification, but some surgeries such as on the stomach, gall bladder, teeth and bariatric (weight loss) requires a special diet to help speed healing, reduce pain and the occurrence of complications.

Here are some foods that should be avoided after surgery, according  to Lifemojo.

1. Abdominal surgery
Diet modification after abdominal surgery allows the stomach and digestive tract to rest. Washington Hospital Center suggests that you should follow a low residue diet for two weeks after surgery.

Foods that are easily digested and leave little residue in the intestines may help recovery. Avoid high-fiber foods, spicy foods, greasy foods, sodas and alcohol. Also avoid foods that cause gas, cramps and diarrhea.

2. Gall bladder surgery
Gallbladder helps to digest fats. Without a gallbladder, the body must work harder to digest fat. As a result, you may experience symptoms such as diarrhea or bloating after gallbladder surgery.

Patients after gall bladder surgery need to avoid foods high in cholesterol, fat, fried foods and foods prepared in butter or oil should also be avoided. You should also avoid processed foods including white bread, pancakes and white rice. You may also need to avoid margarine, mayonnaise and other fats.

3. Bariatric surgery
Bariatric surgery is also known as weight loss surgery or gastric bypass surgery. This surgery also requires a change in diet. This surgery makes the stomach smaller, so eat less. Gastric bypass surgery also changes the way the body absorbs food, namely by absorbing fewer calories after surgery. For the first 2 to 3 weeks after surgery, you need to avoid solid food.

Diet will consist of liquids and pureed food. You should avoid popcorn, nuts and fibrous foods such as corn and celery, as it can cause discomfort in the stomach lining. When eating solid foods, avoid drinking because the liquid will fill the stomach faster.

4. Dental surgery
Oral surgery can temporarily change the way you eat. Tooth extraction, jaw surgery or dental implants may make it difficult to eat certain foods. A day after dental surgery, you need a liquid diet. During the first 2 weeks after surgery or at the discretion of the doctor, you should eat soft foods, like mashed potatoes or peanut butter. You should avoid foods that are hard and crunchy, like nuts, seeds, chips, apples, corn on the cob and raw vegetables.