In the hospital you will receive 2-4 meals of clear, sugar free liquids, along with a high protein shake. It will begin immediately after surgery or after the results of your “swallow test” are back. Your surgeon will ask you to start the following diet at least 2 weeks before surgery:
After one week from your surgery date, you will progress to a diet composed mainly of milk products, low in fat and with no sugar. You will remain on this diet until you follow-up with your MD one week later.
If you tolerate the Stage 2 well, you may start Stage 3 with the consult of your MD/Dietitian one week later.
If you can tolerate the items in Stage 3, then after the third week post-surgery, you will gradually advance to soft diet and semi-solids once you meet with your MD. This is a modified diet with emphasized lean protein, well-cooked fruits/vegetables, and whole grains, while it de-emphasizes fat and sugar.