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Post Surgery - What Type Of Diet Should You Follow?

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Dr. Manish K Gupta 90% (80 ratings)
F.I.A.G.E.S , MNAMS (Membership of The National Academy) (General Surgery), DNB (General Surgery), MBBS, FALS
General Surgeon, Delhi  •  22 years experience
Post Surgery - What Type Of Diet Should You Follow?

Your body needs proper care after a major surgery. You lose a lot of blood during the surgery, and thus your body becomes weak. It is essential to give proper nourishment to the body to recover completely. This is why you should consume enough nutrients and calories to bring back your body in good shape and order. If you know which food you should eat and which you should not, you can reduce the risk of any infection and also speed up the process of healing the incision. A proper diet not only keeps you healthy, but it gives you additional energy as well as strength.

Foods and nutrients that you should focus on: A proper diet will aid in healing the incision faster and minimize bruising, inflammation, or infections. You may also have digestive upset as a result of all the antibiotics that you are consuming. They also work wonders when it comes to preventing constipation. If you fuel your body properly, you will get back all the energy to get back to the routines of your daily life.

  1. Lean ProteinCollagen is found in the body in excess which plays a critical job of knitting the tissue. You should consume 0.8gm protein pe kg body weight, but after surgery, the protein intake should increase to 1.5gm protein per kg body weight. Proper intake of protein helps in repairing the incision faster.
  2. Fermented Dairy: There is no doubt to the fact that your doctor has prescribed you a series of antibiotics to heal fast. Antibiotics not only kill all the bad bugs, but they also destroy the useful gut bacteria that help in digestion. The digestive tract can be repopulated with gut bacteria by consuming the fermented dairy product that includes yogurt or kefir.
  3. Fiber: Pain killers, alteration in your diet, anesthetic agents used during the surgery, stress, or less physical activity work against the standard process of excretion. You should drink enough water and also pop prunes which will make the elimination of the waste products from the body regular. Prunes are very rich in not only the soluble fiber but also the insoluble fiber, which aid in adding bulk to the stool. Foods like beans, apples, oatmeal, etc. are also rich in fiber.
  4. Colored Fruits: Your body goes through a lot of stress and anxiety after surgery. This may result in the oxidative load on your body to increase, which is also referred to as the production of free-radicals. The body makes use of the antioxidants to get rid of the harmful molecules. Hence, it is vital to increase the intake of antioxidants after surgery. Colored fruits including the blueberries, raspberries, cherries, strawberries, pomegranates, and blackberries are an excellent source of antioxidants.

In some complex surgeries, you lose a lot of blood during the surgery, and thus your body becomes weak. Taking good care of your body is essential after surgery to get back to the normal life in a healthy manner.The diet that you will be maintaining will help in healing up the wound faster and make you completely fit.

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