After surgery, your body requires more energy and proteins to help in your recovery. In particular, a diet rich in protein is recommended. Foods that are rich in protein include:
Fluids are an important part of your diet. Dehydration can result in issues such as headaches, dizziness, fever, constipation and can be associated with urinary tract infections and kidney stone formation.
Ensure you are well hydrated as it aids in your recovery. The recommended daily water intake is 1500-2000ml or 4-5 syringes per hour when awake.
As fluids may fill you up easily, it is advisable to plan your fluid intake for the day by :
Avoid carbonated drinks and alcohol.
After surgery, you will need to modify your diet progressively over the next few months. This will allow for your jaw bones to heal.
In the immediate post-operative phase, you will begin with a full liquid diet as your upper and lower teeth are tied together. This may last for the first two weeks after surgery. During this period, you will rely solely on liquids for your dietary requirements.
During your hospital stay, you will be started on a liquid diet by your doctor. Feeding yourself can be accomplished with the syringes and tubes provided as mentioned earlier. Do feel free to highlight any questions/ difficulties you may have with feeding yourself to the surgical team.
What can be included in a full liquid diet?
What are Oral Nutritional Supplements?Oral Nutritional Supplements (ONS) are nutritional beverages that are available as either milk-based or juice-based in a variety of flavours. These beverages are high in calories and protein which are important to help you meet your increased nutritional needs after surgery.
Most of the supplements are nutritionally complete as they contain all three macronutrients and have added vitamins and minerals. You can take ONS on their own or with other beverages such as coffee/ tea. They can be taken iced or warmed as well.
Depending on your nutritional needs and preferences, your dietician will advise you on the appropriate type and quantity of ONS that is suitable for you.
When your jaw elastics are removed and your surgeon is satisfied with your bite, you progress to a pureed diet.This consists of foods pureed or blended into a smooth and homogenous consistency. This allows the food to be swallowed easily without the need to chew.
It is important that you are eating the correct texture, type and amount of food to aid your healing and nutritional needs.
You require a variety of foods each day and must ensure that food from all food groups is consumed so that you are receiving adequate nutrition. A selection of pureed foods from each food group will ensure nutritional balance necessary for good health.
A food blender/ processor is useful to blend food items. Many everyday foods can be blended to achieve a suitable pureed texture.
Examples of pureed foods:
Tips on preparing pureed food:
Increasing the nutritional value of pureed meals:
Your doctor may progress you to a soft diet when sufficient healing has occurred and you are able to open and chew comfortably. Do start with soft and moist foods, with dishes minced or chopped up.