Diet Advancement after Surgery
After surgery, you will not be allowed to eat or drink until your doctor decides that it is
safe for you. Once you are allowed to eat, you may be moved through a series of diets to
help your stomach digest foods again.
Clear Liquid Diet
Your stomach does not need to work very hard to digest liquids on this diet. This is the
first step after surgery. Foods that are allowed on this diet are:
ξ Italian ice
ξ Iced tea
ξ Hard candy
Your next step may be a “full liquid” diet.
Full Liquid Diet
This diet consists of all you can eat on a “clear liquid” diet and it adds other liquids as
well. New liquids you will be able to eat include:
ξ Cream of wheat/rice
ξ Ice cream
ξ Yogurt, Plain
ξ Cream soups
ξ Oral supplements (Ensure, Boost,
Depending on how long you remain on a full liquid diet, food supplements may make up a large
portion of your diet to make sure you are getting enough calories. Once you can take full liquids,
you will be advanced to solid foods again. This is called a general diet or may be more exact if
you have other dietary limits.
What is the most important thing you learned from this handout?
What changes will you make in your diet/lifestyle, based on what you learned today?
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
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