Soft Diet Instructions

No using a straw for 1 week after surgery

Rule of thumb:  Nothing to eat that is harder than a hard boiled egg

Immediatly after surgery – drink a cold smoothie (no seeds), milkshake, jamba juice, ensure type drink.  (with a spoon or straight from the cup)

Keep food/drink cold to room temp until numbness is gone

meal ideas for after surgery:

mashed potatoes

mac & cheese

omelets, scrambled eggs

oatmeal, cream of wheat

cottage cheese, applesauce, soft fruits

tuna, chicken salads, soup, pasta

well-cooked noodles & veggies except corn

warm coffee or tea (NO HOT DRINKS)

AVOID ANY BRITTLE OR CRUNCHY FOODS IE: POPCORN, PRETZELS, CRACKERS, FRENCH FRIES, CHIPS

keep head elevated, 45’angle with either pillows or a recliner for 2-3 days to help with swelling