After your esophageal surgery, you can expect some difficulty swallowing. If your diet is not progressing by the time of your post-operative clinic visit, your doctor may suggest an outpatient procedure to help things along outpatient endoscopy with esophageal dilation. To help you through this temporary phase, we start you out on a pureed diet. Full liquid diet means essentially anything that you can pour and pureed is usually a little bit thicker. You should have been given at least a full liquid diet by the time you left the hospital. At the end of this packet are some suggestions for your diet in the first few weeks after your surgery level Everyone is different and some take longer or shorter to heal after surgery. Use common sense, if you are having trouble swallowing a particular food then avoid it. If food is sticking when you advance your diet, go back to the previous diet for a day or two. Try to relax and let the food pass on its own.
The goal of your diet when you first go home is to maximize caloric intake while minimizing discomfort as you begin to eat. Ideally, meals should be moist in consistency. Since the capacity of your stomach is reduced after the surgery, you should eat small but frequent meals four to six times per day — for example, three main meals and two snacks. Do not force yourself to eat to the point of discomfort. Stop eating immediately when you feel full. Food should be mild in taste. Avoid foods that irritate the digestive tract, such as caffeine-containing beverages, alcohol, ground pepper white and black, chili powder, and hot, spicy foods. For ease in swallowing, select moist foods that stay together easily without falling apart, yet will not stick to the roof of your mouth or gums.
If specific foods are causing your diarrhea, try to avoid these foods. J- Tubes often show signs of local irritation some redness and drainage at the insertion site, which can often be confused with infection. Sugar-free pudding or custard, sugar free gelatin, artificially sweetened frozen yogurt, ice cream, sherbet and ice milk, sugar-free popsicles. If it is not convenient for you to come into your surgeon’s office, you can go to your local emergency room or your local physician’s office, and they can replace it for you there. Patient Instructions. Use more margarine if tolerated. Afternoon Snack. Updated by: Mary C.