Dietary Suggestions


Please keep in mind it is important to eat a soft diet for the first week after surgery. This does not always mean a liquid diet, but “mushy”.

The first day following surgery, cold/room temperature soft foods only such as:

  • Anything put through a blender/food processor
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Jell-o
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Plain ice cream
  • Milkshakes & Smoothies (DO NOT USE A STRAW)
  • Protein drinks

The second day after surgery, you may introduce warmer “mushy” foods such as:

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Broth or Creamed Soups
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Eggs any style
  • Pastas
  • Flaky fish
  • Shredded meats
  • Most steamed vegetables (i.e. Potatoes, Yams, Cauliflower, Squash, Green Beans, Carrots)
  • Avocados
  • Cheese
  • Bananas
  • Cream of wheat


  • Nuts/Seeds/Berries (strawberries, raspberries, & chia/flax seeds)
  • Chips, Pretzels, or Popcorn
  • Hard Breads (sourdough, dutch crunch, etc.)

Things to remember:

  • Avoid extremely hot foods and citrusy foods as they can irritate surgical site
  • Chew on opposite side of surgical site
  • Do not eat/drink with gauze in mouth
  • Do not use a straw until you return to the Ueno Center for post-op evaluation