Diet Suggestions

Until comfortable, avoid chewing on the side where surgery was completed. Avoid hot foods and liquids for approximately 1 hour following the surgery so as not to soften the dressing. A soft diet is recommended. Remember, adequate nutrition is essential for feeling better as well as for healing.  Please see the YES list below for recommendations.

 Please do NOT use a straw for the 1st 7-10 days.


  • Broth
  • Ice Cream/ Water Ice
  • Milk Shakes
  • Chopped Ground Meat
  • Ensure/Slim Fast
  • Soups- not too hot
  • Pudding
  • Rice – plain
  • Apple Sauce
  • Oatmeal
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Jell-O
  • Bananas
  • Yogurt
  • Pasta
  • Casseroles
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Pancakes/French Toast

Cut up all food into small pieces as if you were feeding a toddler.


  • Fruits with Seeds – strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, ANY berry with a seed is off limits.
  • Peanuts
  • Popcorn
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Small gritty foods
  • Nuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Gum
  • Hard Candy
  • Pretzels
  • Chips

All of the above can get lodged in the surgical area(s). 

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