Post Gastrectomy Diet
The post-gastrectomy diet is designed to provide food and beverages that will be well tolerated after gastrectomy. Foods should be provided in limited quantities, preferably 6 small meals per day. High sugar foods should be minimized to reduce the risk of dumping syndrome. Most liquids will need to be consumed between meals. High protein foods should be consumed with each meal.
This diet is used after gastrectomy (removal of part or all of the stomach).
This diet can be planned to meet the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) as outlined in the Statement on Nutritional Adequacy in Section 1A.
How to Order the Diet
Order as “Post-Gastrectomy Diet” under Post-Surgical Diets.
Planning the Diet
GENERAL GUIDELINES to prevent diarrhea, nausea and reflux:
- Eat 6 small meals a day.
- Chew all food thoroughly.
- Eat slowly and take small bites.
- Sit upright while eating.
- Remain in an upright position for 30-60 minutes after eating.
- Take one chewable multivitamin with minerals daily.
- Foods should be prepared so that they are moist, soft, and easily swallowed.
- Avoid high sugar foods. They may cause dumping syndrome (Abdominal discomfort, nausea, cramps, diarrhea, dizzy spells, and/or cold sweats.)
- Milk products may have to be limited temporarily, if lactose intolerance (diarrhea, cramping) is present after surgery. Lactaid milk or tablets can be used to replace regular milk.