What to Eat and Drink During Surgery Recovery

Plastic surgery recovery is a very important time for patients. Not only are these the most difficult days following your procedure, but the way you take care of your body during this time can play a big impact on your final results and overall health.

If you are undergoing plastic surgery, your surgeon will give you detailed post-op instructions that will guide you through your surgery recovery. You will want to read these thoroughly and ensure you have all necessary supplies before you are in recovery.

One of the most commonly asked questions by patients undergoing surgery is what they should eat and drink during to speed up recovery and healthy healing. Below is a list of foods and drinks you should consider having in stock before recovery:

1. Lots of Liquids
Drinking an abundance of fluids is necessary after surgery. Dehydration is one of the most common reasons for hospital readmission after surgery. Drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day during recovery is recommended. Many patients also opt to drink sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade for added electrolytes.

2. Whole Foods
Whole foods, rather than processed foods, are excellent to eat during surgery recovery. For example, an orange would be a whole food. Orange juice, though, would be a more processed version of that food. A baked potato is a whole food, while a French fry is more processed and less healthy, having been fried. Chicken breast is better than chicken nuggets, onions are better than onion rings, etc. Aim to obtain most of your nutrition from these whole foods, which is actually a healthy way to eat every day, not just the weeks following surgery.

3. Foods High in Fiber
Fiber is an essential ingredient during surgery recovery, as it can help ease constipation, a commonly reported condition after surgery. Constipation isn’t just a minor inconvenience during surgery recovery – it is actually a primary cause of long recoveries and can send many patients back to the hospital. Whole fruits and vegetables, certain cereals, and whole grains are all a great source of fiber.

4. Foods Low in Sodium
Lastly, patients should avoid foods that are high in sodium, or salt, during surgery recovery. Salt retains water and can increase a patient’s swelling after surgery. To avoid excessive sodium intake, patients should try sticking to whole foods instead of prepackaged foods and avoiding adding too much salt to their meals.