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Posted August 08, 2018 in Recovery Foods

Surgery takes a toll on your body, affecting your digestive system, energy levels, and inflammatory responses. Additionally, your body needs extra fuel to promote cell regeneration and restore your energy levels. Fortunately, knowing what your body needs can help you get into your usual routine faster and feel better from the inside out. While there are supplements available, you can supply your body with the necessary vitamins and minerals by eating the right kind of foods. Consuming a balanced and healthy diet is a crucial component in the healing process after undergoing major surgery with Dr. Morales.

Healthy diet for the cardiovascular system with a heart shaped plate


Pain medication, antibiotics, anesthesia, and lack of physical activity may result in stomach upset and constipation, which can be uncomfortable or even painful. Avoiding processed foods, sweets, and dairy can help combat constipation, but patients should also eat plenty of high-fiber foods before and after surgery to prevent post-op digestive issues. Fiber can be found in the following foods:

  • Oatmeal
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains

Lean Protein

Protein is found in many different foods, but sources like red meat and dairy can contribute to post-operative constipation. Lean protein during the healing process is ideal because it is easier to digest than red or fatty protein. This type of protein also rebuilds the tissues that were disrupted during your procedure. Some excellent sources of lean protein include:

  • Eggs
  • Seafood
  • Poultry
  • Beans
  • Legumes
  • Whey protein


Making sure your body is equipped with the right kind of nutrients is essential for a speedy and comfortable recovery. Vitamin A is responsible for repairing soft tissues and is known to reduce inflammation. Vitamin C is a necessary substance for collagen synthesis, which aids healing and helps strengthen connective tissues. Vitamin K helps the blood clot and minimizes bruising and swelling. The following foods contain these essential vitamins:

  • Vitamin A:  sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, cantaloupe
  • Vitamin C: citrus fruit, broccoli, kale, berries
  • Vitamin K: leafy greens, fish, chicken, avocado


For more information about how to have a fast and smooth recovery after surgery, contact our office by calling (214) 827-8407.