How Surgery for Colorectal Cancer Affects What You Can Eat
You may not be able to eat for the first few days. You may get some nutrients through an intravenous line, called an IV, that’s put into one of your veins. At first, you will begin a liquid diet. Later, you will be able to add soft foods and then normal foods. It may take your colon several months to adjust to the trauma of surgery. During that time, you will need to eat a low-fiber diet. Be sure you discuss your diet with your doctor. The doctor may refer you to a nutritionist to help you plan your meals.
Low-Fiber Foods You May be Able to Eat After Surgery
You may be allowed to eat foods like these.
Creamy peanut butter
Eggs that aren’t fried
Fruits without skin or seeds, such as applesauce, banana, melons, peaches, and plums
Ground and well-cooked meats
Refined cereals like puffed rice and corn flakes
Some fat, such as margarine, butter, mayonnaise, and salad dressing
Foods Your Doctor May Tell You Not to Eat After Surgery
You may need to avoid foods like these.
Brown and wild rice
Corn bread and corn muffins
Dried fruits, including raisins
Juice with pulp
Nuts, including crunchy peanut butter
Pickles and olives
Tough, fibrous meats