Surgical Transition Diet
What is a surgical transition diet?
A surgical transition diet includes foods that are soft in texture. These foods are easy to eat and
digest while providing needed nutrition. They also tend to be foods that will cause less irritation
when they are digested. This diet is used for patients who are not ready for foods of normal
consistency or with too many spices after trauma, surgery, or other treatments. Surgical soft
foods include: cooked fruit and tender vegetables; baked, roasted, and stewed meats; as well as
refined breads, cereals, and pastries.
Here is a list of foods that are okay to eat:
• mashed potatoes
• refined pasta, rice and bread
• bagels without nuts or fruit
• soft meat
• ice cream
• cottage cheese
• cooked soft vegetables
• cooked or soft canned fruit
• soups or stews
• blenderized foods such as shakes and smoothies
Here is a list of foods to avoid:
• raw foods with skin, seeds, and pulp such
as fresh fruit and vegetables
• fried foods
• spicy foods
• tomato juice and products
• orange juice
• crunchy chips
If you have any questions about the surgical soft diet while you are in the hospital, please ask
your nurse to contact the dietitian or dietetic technician.
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If you are a UW Health patient and have more questions please contact UW Health at one of the
phone numbers listed below. You can also visit our website at www.uwhealth.org/nutrition.
Nutrition clinics for UW Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) and American Family Children’s
Hospital (AFCH) can be reached at: (608) 890-5500.
Nutrition clinics for UW Medical Foundation (UWMF) can be reached at: (608) 287-2770.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 1/2017 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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