LOCATIONS: Canton - Jasper - Blue Ridge - Blairsville

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(770) 345-6600

Soft Diet Post Op

Soft Diet

Our emergency after hours number is 770-345-6600 or 770-429-2553

With certain surgical procedures (ie; UPPP, tonsillectomy) it is necessary to be on a special soft diet for 2 weeks after your surgery is complete to promote healing of the surgical site and avoid complications related to post operative bleeding.

The first 24 hours after surgery you should eat ice cream, popsicles and foods high in protein, such as macaroni and cheese.

It is wise to avoid red colored foods and drinks because it may mask post operative bleeding.

Avoid spicy foods, rice, beans, grits, white and dark meat chicken, nuts, any coarse foods such as chips or pretzels, pizza, Hot dogs

Warm foods to just above room temperature. If you find that the patient does not want to eat due to pain administer pain medication 20 minutes prior to serving meals. Keep in mind that pain meds on an empty stomach can cause nausea.

If the patient does not want to eat be sure to PUSH FLUIDS!
Dehydration is the leading cause of fever in post operative cases.

Recommended foods include, but are not limited to:

  • scrambled eggs
  • mashed potatoes
  • yogurt
  • popsicles
  • ice cream
  • soft mashed vegetables
  • soft breads (not bagels and not toast)
  • canned tuna fish or canned chicken
  • fully cooked pasta
  • mac and cheese
  • soups

Remaining on the soft diet for the full 2 weeks is very important! Feel free to contact our nursing staff during regular office hours for questions.