Post Surgery Diet Guide

Do you have an upcoming surgery with us? One of the most frequently asked questions is, “what can I eat afterwards?”. We have made a quick list of suggestions and rules to follow.

1. Avoid the 3 S’s. No sucking, swishing, or spitting. To avoid a dry socket, the blood clot that forms in the wound following the surgery needs to stay in place. Vigorous suction, swishing or spitting during the day of surgery can cause the blood clot to dislodge leaving the socket dry. This causes a more intense pain while healing. Make sure to avoid straws, water bottles you have to suck on, cigarettes, & e-cigarettes.

2. Avoid These Foods: crunchy foods like pretzels, chips, apples, popcorn, nuts, sunflower seeds and toasted breads; they can cause additional trauma to the wounds. Avoid fruits with a small seed such as strawberries, kiwi & pomegranate; seeds of this size are easily trapped in an open socket and later cause infection.

3. Enjoy the following foods: applesauce, pudding, jello, yogurt, popsicles, ice-cream, smoothies, milkshakes, Ensure, Carnation Instant Breakfast, cooked vegetables, cooked pasta, shredded meats & soft breads.

4. Avoid Alcoholic beverages for 3 days. The alcohol can dissolve the blood clot causing a dry socket, and depending on the Rx pain medication prescribed, it may be un safe to consume alcohol while on that medication.

5. Enjoy the following beverages: water, fruit juice, milk, & sports drinks. Coffee and tea are ok as long as they are not too hot. Carbonated beverages are permitted as well but remember no straws with fountain drinks.