What to expect: What to eat


When you leave the surgery you will still be numb for a few hours until the local anaesthetic wears off.

Avoid hot foods and drinks while you are numb.  When you are drinking liquids always drink from a glass and avoiding drinking with a straw.  The sucking motion when a straw is used can dislodge the blood clot and cause the bleeding to start again.

For the first day you should stick to a diet of soft foods that do not require much chewing.  Each day after you can advance your diet to what is tolerable, remembering to keep up a nutritious diet.

During your first few days after surgery your quantity of food will be limited, so it is very important to keep up a high fluid intake to prevent dehydration.  Avoid skipping meals, as you will feel better and have more strength and heal faster if you continue to eat regularly.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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