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Pre & Post Surgery

People who have had major surgery need extra protein, calories, and other nutrients to help the body repair and recover afterwards. Depending on the reason for surgery, some people may have had problems eating and drinking before their operation due to swallowing problems, difficulty with digestion or poor appetite. This, as well as the time around surgery when patients are unable to eat, can lead to undernutrition.

People who are well nourished are likely to recover from illness and surgery better and more quickly than those who are undernourished.

Patients who are in hospital and who are undernourished should have nutrition support (extra high calorie foods, oral nutritional supplements) before and after the operation in line with the requirements of the operation. Undernourished patients having an operation on their gut – that is the stomach or intestine – may be given a liquid feed through a tube before the operation to help build them up.

Even before going into hospital patients themselves, family and carers can help by talking to a health professional if food intake is less than normal or clothes, dentures or jewellery become loose, a sign of weight loss.

HCP Information for Pre & Post Surgery

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