General and Gastrointestinal Surgery


You can eat a normal diet without any restrictions after surgery other than those you may need for preexisting conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease or hypertension.

  • 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 after surgery.
  • If you feel nauseous, take clear liquids only. Call the office if the nausea and vomiting persist for greater 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.