Avoiding Eating After Surgery

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Avoiding Eating After Surgery
Avoiding Eating After Surgery

Determining the dishes you will eat after surgery is actually not something difficult, but it does have to be more careful. This is because the food you eat can have a big impact on your recovery and how quickly your surgical wound heals

After undergoing surgery, you are advised to eat whole or fresh foods, not processed foods. This is because processed foods tend to be higher in fat, sugar, s alt and chemical additives, with far less fiber and vitamins than whole foods.

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Choosing the right foods to eat after surgery can not only speed up recovery, but also prevent complications, such as constipation and increased blood sugar.

On the other hand, if you eat foods that should be avoided after surgery, postoperative recovery may take longer and the risk of complications will be greater.

Foods to be abstained from after surgery

In the early days after surgery, doctors will usually give pain relievers, especially opioids to relieve pain in the surgical wound. However, this drug is known to often cause side effects such as constipation.

Some foods can prevent or relieve constipation, but some can make constipation more likely or even worse. The following are some foods that can cause constipation and you need to avoid after undergoing surgery:

  • Dried and preserved foods, such as dried fruit, jerky, and some types of potato chips
  • Processed foods, such as french fries
  • Milk and dairy products, such as cheese
  • Red meat
  • Candy, pastries, confectionery and other sweets

Avoiding Eating After Gallbladder Removal Surgery

After undergoing gallbladder removal surgery, for example due to gallstones, you need to limit or avoid high-fat, oily and processed foods for a few months. This is because these foods are more difficult for the body to digest.

Eating high-fat, oily and processed foods after the gallbladder is removed can cause excess gas production. As a result, you will experience bloating, pain, and diarrhea.

The following are some foods you need to avoid after undergoing gallbladder removal surgery:

  • Fatty meats, such as sausage, pork, steak, lamb, and whole beef
  • Milk or dairy products, such as yogurt, cheese, butter, and ice cream
  • Processed foods that contain a lot of fat and sugar, such as sweetened cereals, white bread, foods cooked with vegetable oil, and pastries
  • Caffeinated foods or drinks, such as soda, coffee, and tea
  • Alcoholic drinks

Food Abstinences After Colonoscopy Surgery

To speed up healing after colonoscopy surgery, you need to avoid spicy and high-fiber foods. This is because these foods are difficult for the body to digest and can irritate your intestines.

In addition to spicy and high-fiber foods, you are also advised not to eat oily food because it can cause nausea and carbonated drinks that can make your stomach feel sick and bloated.

Some foods and drinks to avoid after undergoing a colonoscopy procedure are:

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Steak or tough type of meat
  • Wheat bread
  • Whole wheat biscuits or seed biscuits
  • Raw Vegetable
  • Corn
  • Beans
  • Brown rice
  • Fruit with skin
  • Dried fruit, such as raisins
  • Coconut
  • Spices, such as garlic, curry, and red chili
  • Strongly spiced food, such as curry
  • Fry fries

Avoidance of Eating After Gastric Cutting Surgery

After undergoing gastric bypass surgery, you should avoid the following foods and drinks because they can cause pain, nausea, or vomiting:

  • Bread
  • carbonated drinks
  • Raw Vegetable
  • Cooked fibrous vegetables, such as celery, broccoli, corn, or cabbage
  • Red meat
  • Fry fries
  • Food that is very spiced or spicy
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Popcorn (popcorn)
  • Foods high in fat and sugar, such as packaged fruit juices and sweets

If you are still confused about what food to eat after surgery, don't hesitate to discuss it with your doctor. In addition to determining the right diet, the doctor will also explain what efforts you can take to speed up postoperative recovery.

Written by:

dr. Sonny Seputra, M.Ked.Klin, Sp.B, FINACS(Surgeon Specialist)

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