This diet will begin while you are in the hospital. It is recommended to follow a clear liquid diet for 3 days after surgery.
After clear liquids are tolerated you may advance to full liquids. It is recommended to follow on this diet for 1 week. You may continue to include foods allowed on the clear liquid diet.
Once on full liquids it is recommended to add a supplement. (Boost, Ensure, Carnation Instant Breakfast etc.) Specific amount of supplement can be reviewed with your dietitian.
The next stage of the diet introduces additional food in a puree / smooth texture. Foods that are blenderized require minimum chewing to allow easier swallowing. You may continue to consume items allowed on clear and full liquid diets. It is recommended to follow this stage for 4 weeks.
Foods to add into diet:
Tips when blenderizing foods:
The final stage advances to foods that are soft in consistency and easily digested. Remember to chew food well. Continue with the soft diet until your doctor instructs on further diet advancement.
Key items to avoid:
Hernia | Breast
Diverticulitis | Colon | Gallbladder | Hiatal hernia
Vascular surgery | VNUS Closure | General
Hernia | Pilonidal disease| Gallbladder | Appendix |
Colon and rectal cancer | Diverticulitis | Anorectal | Inflammatory bowel disease
Thyroid & Parathyroid|Adrenal|Melanoma|Breast