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Food after was posted 09/22/2014 09:22 am by surgery
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I agree with previous post, anything they can get down is good.

I understand you want to do what you can to help, and preparing food is one of them. I do not know how far along after surgery your loved one is, but just wanted to offer a couple of thoughts. Your loved one will likely not have much of an appetite right after surgery, so don't take any difficulty with food personally. I don't think it is a good idea to make drastic changes or introduce lots of new foods directly after surgery, unless the patient asks for it (and I don't think most will want changes.) Try giving them their favorite foods in smaller portions, and lightened to lower fat it they are higher fat foods. You may want to avoid deep fried foods altogether for a while. Go light on seasonings for a while (even simple black pepper) because often the palate and especially the stomach can be sensitive for weeks or months. You an add seasonings as they are better tolerated. Other than sticking with low fat foods (taken with Creon to help digestion), and keeping portions smaller and meals frequent, there really is not much more one can do. The patient has to have the will to eat even when food is tasteless to them. It is calories in that counts most after surgery, particularly protein calories, to help healing and retain/gain weight. (I had Whipple surgery, the thoughts are based on my experience.) Hope you loved one has a fast recovery from surgery.

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