Monday, March 15, 2010
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Good nutrition, with adequate calories and protein, is important to healing and recovery after major surgery. But the stress of surgery and follow-up care can depress the appetite, alter the taste of food and make it difficult to eat and digest food, sometimes for weeks or months. In fact, most people lose 5 to 10 percent of their body weight after a major surgery because of poor appetite and increased nutrition needed for healing.
The March issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter offers tips to address common concerns about eating post-surgery:
Post-surgery is not the time to try to lose unwanted pounds. A lack of nutrition can cause dehydration and an inability to heal. When eating problems persist, patients should check with their surgery team for options. Occasionally, nourishment provided directly into the stomach or intestines through a tube may be needed.
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