Posted by: SEB | 2004/09/22

Stomach Ulcers & Post Op Diet

Would Like to know what types of foods to avoid and what types to eat after having a stomach operation to repair an ulcer which perforated and bled. Quite a big op and am not sure what to eat that will not aggravate the stomach.

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Dear Seb
I am sorry to hear about your problems and the op. During this post-operative period you need to eat light, bland, but nutritious foods (milk shakes, custard, smoothies, yoghurt, pureed cooked or canned fruit that is not acid like apples, peaches or pears, soups (strain through sieve or liquidise), jelly and meal replacements such as Ensure or the Fresenius range (phone Magda at: (011) (011) 203-2000 or 083-603-2231 and ask her about Nutritional Supplements for post-op recovery). Avoid all spices and curries, all carbonated cold drinks (the gas can aggravate the stomach), excessive coffee or tea and all cola-drinks and alcohol of any kind). Once you can stomach solid food you can eat mashed potatoes, rice, white bread, boiled vegetables (puree if necessary), canned fruit, milk and milk dishes, yoghurt, cottage cheese, and cooked meat or fish which is prepared with the minimum of fat and not highly spiced. You will gradually find that you can return to a normal diet, but if there should be foods which you react to (this is an individual reaction, some people react to white bread, others to brown, etc) then you need to avoid them until you have recovered completely.
I do hope you will soon feel better.
Best regards

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