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Posted by: Andre Breytenbach | 2011/05/17

Post-operation diet

A friend''s 13yo son had an op where they had to remove a 15cm piece of his small intestine due to infection. The kid lost a lot of weight while in ICU for a week. What is the best diet for him in the short and long term

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Dear Andre
It is essential that anyone who has had surgery and has had part of the intestine removed should be under the care of a registered dietitian. The dietitian will have to calculate a high-energy diet for the 13-year-old boy which helps him to regain the weight he lost in ICU and also ensures normal growth. I deduce that you are living in the UK. Ask the doctor who performed the surgery to refer you to a local dietitian in the UK. The reason why I would recommend that the boy should be under the care of a dietitian is that someone needs to monitor his growth after this type of operation and also recommend supplements if this should be necessary.
I do hope the lad recovers fully and regains the weight he has lost.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011/05/17

Dear Andre
It is essential that anyone who has had surgery and has had part of the intestine removed should be under the care of a registered dietitian. The dietitian will have to calculate a high-energy diet for the 13-year-old boy which helps him to regain the weight he lost in ICU and also ensures normal growth. I deduce that you are living in the UK. Ask the doctor who performed the surgery to refer you to a local dietitian in the UK. The reason why I would recommend that the boy should be under the care of a dietitian is that someone needs to monitor his growth after this type of operation and also recommend supplements if this should be necessary.
I do hope the lad recovers fully and regains the weight he has lost.
Best regards
DietDoc

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