General and Gastrointestinal Surgery

Dietary Guidelines

You can eat a regular diet, including fatty foods, without any restrictions after discharge. This, of course, will be limited by other illnesses you may have, such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.

Some suggestions:

  • On the first day, eat small, light meals and liquids.
  • Progress to a normal diet as tolerated.
  • Nausea and vomiting from anesthesia is not uncommon for 24 hours. If you feel nauseous, take clear liquids only. Call the office if the nausea and vomiting persists for more than 36 hours.
  • Do not take any alcoholic drinks for at least 24 hours and while you are taking narcotic pain killers, such as Vicodin (hydrocodone), Tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine, etc.