Post-op diet. What and what not to eat. Any suggestions?

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Ralph Alfalfa
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   Posted 1/4/2009 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys.
From what I've read I guess a greasy cheeseburger is out.  I've heard pasta, soft foods like jello(is that really food?), soup, low-sodium foods.  Is that it?  It's gonna get really boring to just eat that stuff.  If you have any suggestions that worked well for you(yeah, I know everyone's different), let me know.  Recipes will be welcome.
On a related subject.  I understand the need for keeping to a soft diet until bowel function is somewhat normal.  What have been your experiences in conjunction with stool softeners as far as how long and how often?  Have you had any problems with certain foods(red meat, fish, pork, bread, etc.)?
Thanks in advance for your time.  All the best in 2009.
 Dx: October,27(the day after my birthday)
 Psa 14.5
 Gleason:(4+3) 7 T1c
 Bone scan:Negative
 Cat scan: Negative
 Biopsy: 4 of 12 positive, left side, pre-cancerous on the right.
 Confined to prostate.
 DaVinci scheduled for Jan. 19, 2009.Dr. Scott Montgomery, KC Urology,
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   Posted 1/4/2009 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I would suggest probiotics to help getting your bowel functioning well........these are friendly bacteria that help digestion. Also limit red meat, and be sure to drink green tea and also pomigranite juice and blueberrys. Yes greasy cheeseburgers are out, and so is Kentucky Fried Chicken.....!! Good Luck, Di
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dx Jan 2001 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
Seed implant and conformal radiation and Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06 Dr. Eastham
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK Dr. Wong
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
Catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
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Activated Oct 28th Dr. Sandhu..MSK
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   Posted 1/4/2009 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   

If you are not faced with follow up radiation or other treatment, diet becomes more a choice rather than a necessity. Right after surgery, eat healthy foods that will promote bowel and urinary function.  Later on you can follow a new and hopefully better diet or go on back to greasy burgers and fries. rolleyes

As far as  stool softeners, you probably will need them for a  time right after surgery.  Unfortunately, because of chronic pain,{ unrelated to my cancer} I need to use them (stool softeners) due to my daily use of oxycodone. You probably will not need them if you have a good diet.

PSA up to 4.7 July 2006 , nodule noted during DRE
Biopsy 10/16/06
stage T2A  -  Psa 4.7
Gleason agressive 4+4=8  right side
DaVinci Surgery  January 2007
Post op confirms gleason 4+4=8
No extension or invasion identified
Few continence problems
PSA 90 day (-.01)  , (6 month -.01) , (9 month +.02) , (1 year +.02) ( 18 months +.02) (two years+.02)
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