General and Gastrointestinal Surgery

Your Diet

You can eat a normal diet after surgery without any restrictions, other than those you may have for preexisting conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. Here are some post-surgery guidelines:

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

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