Staying on top of your nutrition is something you should always be doing. This simple fact is even more important after having had a surgical procedure, not matter how minor it was. Not only will this help your recovery go more smoothly but even has the potential to speed up the entire process.
The nutrient with possibly the biggest impact on your post-op state is water. Not only will being well-hydrated increase your body’s ability to heal itself but will help keep swelling to a minimum. For most adults, it is recommended to have at least 8 glasses of water a day in order to stave off dehydration. Beside staying properly hydrated, it is equally important to maintain the proper caloric input needed to keep your body functioning normally, which for most people is an average of fifteen calories per pound per day. This way your body has all the resources needed to promote healing.
Taking into account the toll surgery takes on the body it important to come up with a dietary plan that will continue to help you heal post-op while making sure not to cause any setbacks in the healing process. For patients that underwent a procedure that did not require intermaxillary fixation, it is still recommended to start out on a liquid only diet in order to allow the surgical sites enough time to properly close. This can include foods such as soups and liquid nutritional supplements in order to keep up with your dietary needs. After the recommended time proposed by your surgeon, you can move to soft foods such as food such as eggs, pasta, or blended forms of a preferred dish for the remainder of your recuperation.
Instead, if you have undergone a procedure that called for intermaxillary fixation, you will need to stay on a liquid only diet for the entirety of the healing process. This is due to the fact that when this measure is necessary, you will be unable to move your jaw due to the top and bottom sections being fixed together in order to prevent any misalignment or fracturing.
Please note that the guidance provided above is to merely serve as a general guideline. At the time of your treatment, your surgeon will provide you with more detailed instructions on what to do pre and postoperatively. This will be in addition to any information you can receive from your primary physician regarding how to best stay nourished throughout the whole process.