Soft foods after NF surgery

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   Posted 2/16/2014 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Why do they say to only have soft foods for2 months? I've heard others say they were told not to eat caffiene or chocolate does anyone know why.

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   Posted 2/16/2014 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forun JessiT.

There's a pretty good diet you can read online. Just google upmc after nissen diet. They say no caffeine but give no explanation. But then in just about any hospital you can't get your coffee fix no matter what you're in for. Nursing homes too.

One reason to avoid caffeine for a while after gut surgery is to help avoid "dumping." You want to see what your gut is going to do before you whack it with stimulants (caffeine).

I didn't stay on no caffeine very long, a few days. But I only make my coffee with 1/4 regular to begin with.

Your nurse will give you the doctor's instructions after surgery. Some surgeons prescribe a visit with a dietitian before surgery. I would google that upmc diet before surgery and have soft foods on hand since you aren't going to be driving to a grocery store, or anywhere else, for a while.

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   Posted 2/16/2014 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi JessiT,

Your surgeon is concerned that you might get food stuck at the wrap site. Soft foods makes it easier to ensure that this doesn't happen. Here are a few diet resources you can check out:

My surgeon told me to eat "anything that could be chewed to a liquid/creamy consistency". My teeth were my blender, and from Day 6 post op, I was given the freedom to pick and choose my food. I took small bites and chew, chew, chewed them until a liquid. If something didn't chew completely, I didn't swallow it. It allowed me a huge amount of food variety, and worked just fine. Actually, some crispy foods chew more easily than soft foods. Toasted bread chews to a liquid really well, while bread clumps and sticks.

Caffeine and chocolate are fine after a few weeks, but start slow, and see how your tolerate them. Listen to your body, and follow its lead. It has undergone major surgery, and it takes six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest. Patience!

Happy healing,

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