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A: Please keep in mind that each individual responds to surgery and the recovery process differently. It will be through trial and error that you develop a diet approach that works best for you. In the weeks and months that follow, it will be important to reintroduce new foods slowly and monitor for intolerance.
During the first 6 – 8 weeks, this will include low fiber, low residue, low fat, and low sugar foods. All of these initial restrictions are to prevent high stool output and ensure maximal nutrient absorption. Adequate nutrition will expedite the healing and maintain your energy level, so eating regularly is important.
Some tips that might help include:
Examples of foods to include:
Adequate hydration is also extremely important. Try to drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of non-caffeinated, unsweetened beverages every day.