Laparotomy recovery diet

Laparotomy recovery diet

Diet after Laparotomy


Try to eat a healthy balanced variety of foods with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Introducing high fiber food including wholemeal bread, bran flakes, beans and pulses along with plenty of fluids will help prevent constipation. You should drink at least eight glasses of water (or non-sugary drinks) every day.

Protein rich foods including fish, eggs, meat, hearty green vegetable and beans and pulses will help with the healing process.

Avoid fatty foods, excessive alcohol, cakes and sweets if you do not want to gain weight.

Your operation won’t make you put on weight but you must control your calorie intake whilst you are less active.

Some patients have a poor appetite following surgery which can be for many reasons. If this applies to you consult your GP who can refer you to a dietician or prescribe supplements.

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Painkillers, reduced activity, having an operation and changes in your appetite can all affect your bowel function. If you are constipated following discharge from hospital it is important that you try to address it before it becomes a problem.

Try to increase your fluid intake and eat a well-balanced diet with foods rich in fiber for example: wholemeal bread, bran flakes, beans and pulses.

If you have not moved your bowels for three days please contact your GP or district nurse who may give you some medication to help.

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10 common questions about laparotomy recovery diet

1What can you eat after a laparotomy?
These include any whole grain product such as whole wheat bread, pasta, beans, vegetables and fruit. During the six week recovery period after surgery, choose light brown or white breads, cook vegetables and keep servings sizes to ½ cup per meal, and peel raw fruit or used canned versions instead
2What should you avoid after surgery?
To prevent constipation, avoid foods like dried or dehydrated foods, processed foods, cheese and dairy products, red meats and sweets. The amino acids in protein help with wound healing and tissue regeneration. Protein can also help with strength and energy following surgery
3How do you poop after surgery?
Constipation treatments to try after surgery After surgery, you should also plan to take a stool softener, such as docusate (Colace). A fiber laxative, such as psyllium (Metamucil), may also be helpful. Purchase a laxative or stool softener before your surgery so that you have it available when you return home
4What helps bones heal faster?
Collagen is a protein that's an important building block for bone. Vitamin C helps your body make collagen, which helps your bone fracture heal. You can get it from many tasty, fresh fruits and veggies. Aged or heated produce can lose some of its vitamin C, so go for fresh or frozen
5Is laparotomy major surgery?
A laparotomy is a major surgical procedure that involves an incision being made in the abdominal wall.
6Is laparotomy considered major surgery?
A laparotomy is a surgical procedure through an opening (that is larger than that used for laparoscopy) into the abdomen. ... The risk of developing a problem that is related to having a laparotomy is low compared to other major surgery. However, problems can occur.
7How long after laparotomy can I exercise?
HEAVY LIFTING AND STANDING FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. You can usually begin more strenuous tasks such as vacuuming, so that by week 12 you are back to normal! Please discuss getting back to more strenuous forms of exercise with your GP or Surgeon. You should not drive for 6 weeks after your surgery.
8How long do you stay in hospital after a laparotomy?
How long you will need to stay in the hospital will depend on the reason you needed the laparotomy, your treatments, and how well you recover. This is often 5 to 10 days after you have the procedure.
9How long before I can drive after laparotomy?
We advise you avoid penetrative intercourse for about six weeks. This will allow everything to heal and prevent infection. If you have any concerns, refrain from sex until after your six week post operative check
10How long does laparotomy swelling last?
You will probably notice that your belly is swollen and puffy. This is common. The swelling will take several weeks to go down. You may take 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover.

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