He tells patients that immediately after surgery, they need to stock up their pantries and refrigerators with that they need to succeed.
“Immediately after surgery, and for the first two weeks, patients will eat protein shakes, sugar-free and fat-free puddings, yogurt and cream-based soups made with skim milk – not cream,” says Vince. “Then, patients can progress to a pureed diet for one to two weeks.”
Vince says it’s not as bad as it sounds.
“People can have scrambled eggs, or tuna fish – or even chicken salad, but it’s important to blend everything out,” he says. “No hard chunks of food.”
After that period of time, patients will transition to soft foods, which is almost the same thing as pureed foods, but not put through a food processor or blender.
“Then you just progress,” Vince continues. “Within a month and a half or so, patients will try new foods.” Some people go right into eating raw vegetables, and others may take more time to get to that point.
“A lot of people think they will never be able to eat foods with the same consistency and texture as before surgery, but they can,” Vince explains. “We educate a lot and everyone goes at their own pace.”