Unlike the gallbladder, your appendix doesn’t play a big role in the digestive process of foods. However, that doesn’t mean that you can resume your normal diet immediately after appendix surgery. Below, we take a look at five diet modifications you should consider after undergoing appendix removal surgery. You should always follow your doctor’s specific instructions for eating after appendix surgery, but here are five considerations to keep in mind.
Pick Easily Digestible Foods
It makes so much sense that it seems silly to mention, but after abdominal surgery you’ll notice less discomfort if you opt for foods that are easily digested. Foods like yogurt, soups and milk can help you in your transition to larger and harder to digest foods. That being said, it can be difficult to get a range of vitamins and minerals from certain liquid diets, so mix in foods from all groups when possible.
As we mentioned above, it may be easier to stick to a soft diet for the first couple days after appendix removal, so to ensure you get all the necessary nutrients to aid in post-op recovery, consider some supplements. Ask your doctor which supplements are safe to consume, especially if you’ve been given other medications.
Some people find it easier on their digestive system if they eat 5-6 small meals each day after surgery instead of three larger meals. Although your appendix doesn’t factor into the digestive process, your abdominal area will be recovering from an invasive surgery, so larger meals can leave you feeling bloated and in discomfort.
Once you feel comfortable eating solid foods or more at a time, make sure you are getting food from all the food groups. This will help ensure your body is getting a wide range of vitamins and nutrients that play a pivotal role in helping your body recover from the trauma of surgery. Reach for proteins, carbs, beans, fruits and vegetables to give your body the best chance to bounce back after an operation.
Avoid Fatty Food and Excess Sugar
You’ll want to avoid your intake of fatty foods and excess sugar after an appendix operation. High fat foods can take a heavy toll on your digestive system while it’s recovering from an operation, and that can lead to diarrhea. Similarly, sugary foods like jello, ice cream, soda and candy can cause stool to pass too quickly through your large intestines, again leading to diarrhea.