Eating after Surgery
After some operations you will be advised not to eat for a few days to let your system heal. When your doctors are happy for you to use your mouth, you will be given water to sip followed by the gradual introduction of a
What is a light diet?
A light diet is generally soft, moist and easily digested food.
Here are some of our suggestions for a light diet:
- Porridge, cornflakes, rice crispies
- White bread and butter or spread
- Smooth apple juice or orange juice
- Soup, white bread and butter or spread,
- Mousse, custard or milky puddings ( e.g., creamed rice)
- Bananas or fruit compotes
- Jelly, mousse or yoghurts,
- Jelly beans/babies, wine gums, chocolate (no nuts or dried fruit)
Foods to avoid on a light diet:
- Spicy food
- High fat foods
- Foods that contain lots of cheese (e.g. pizza, lasagne)
- High fibre food
- Foods with bits and pips in
Avoid fizzy drinks until you are on a normal diet. This is because fizzy drinks can make you bloated and reduce your appetite. Sometimes fizzy drinks can cause pain if taken in the weeks immediately following surgery.
Some people need additional high protein or high energy supplements to help them recover from the operation. You will be advised about these by your medical team. It is important to ask your medical team before taking any other supplements or herbal remedies as these may interfere with your treatments.
The information provided in this site, or through links to other websites, is not a substitute for medical or professional care and should not be relied upon as such. Read our disclaimer.
Sources and references for this information product will be supplied on request. Please contact us quoting the Information Product number below:
Information Product No. PCA0012 v1 pgs 28 - 31 | Published: 26/01/2013 | Last Updated: 16/10/2018 | Next Review Due: 26/01/2016