Post-op Instructions

POST-OP Food Recommendations

Day One:

Clear liquids (DO NOT USE A STRAW) are recommended as soon as possible following surgery. This includes: 7-up, water, apple juice, grape juice, cold coffee or tea. If the patient handles clear liquids well, they may begin to eat soft foods such as: Jell-O, pudding, plain yogurt, ice cream, milk shakes and mashed potatoes. Motrin may be taken during this time.

Day Two — the day following surgery:

A soft food diet is recommended beginning the day after surgery. Steamed vegetables, well-cooked pasta, mashed potatoes and Cream of Wheat are suggested. Continue to take Motrin as prescribed to control swelling.

Food & Drinks to be avoided:

  • Spicy foods
  • Hard or chewy foods (such as chips, cracker, ice)
  • Acidic foods and drinks (such as orange juice and lemonade)
  • Food or drinks that have small particles (such as seeds and broccoli florets) — may get trapped in the sockets and cause irritation

The patient should remain on this soft food diet until they are seen for their follow up visit.