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foods after surgery

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Created November 29, 2011 at 5:23 AM

I'm wondering what foods are recommended post-knee surgery. Unfortunately, I'll probably be doped up on lortab or oxy, but only as needed and not necessarily as prescribed. I'll also be limited in the amount of time I can spend upright, so cooking time is an issue. The simpler, the better.

My concern is appetite and digestion - getting proper amounts of lean meat protein and fibrous carbs. I've had surgery like this prior to going Paleo and I had very little appetite. With the medications, digestion proved to be, uh, interesting.

I make Paleo veggie cookies, so they will likely be my pill-popping food to ease digestion, but are there any specific food(s) or drink(s) recommended?

Thanks,

BJ

Similar post about post-oral surgery here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/62306/hack-my-post-surgery-recovery-diet#axzz1f46tUEr5

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on December 02, 2011
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That's good to hear. You can put meat in to make them tastier ... and onions and celery ... and don't forget the salt! Best wishes for your recovery.

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on December 01, 2011
at 06:30 AM

Good to know. I'll definitely make some protein smoothies. Thank you.

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I actually had my first bone broth last night. It was a little rough at first, but I'll continue experimenting with it and I'm sure it will make an appearance during recovery. Thanks!

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on November 29, 2011
at 08:15 AM

In the first few days after surgery I would opt for cans or cartons of casein/whey blends such as

http://www.amazon.com/Labrada-Nutrition-Vanilla-17-Ounce-Containers/dp/B001AQVQL0/ref=pd_sim_hpc_4

or

http://www.amazon.com/Met-Rx-Peanut-Bttr-Cups-drinks/dp/B000OQ49T8/ref=pd_sim_hpc_4

In addition to a more normal diet...

If you feel up to a normal MRP, this is very good:

http://www.nutraplanet.com/product/dorian-yates-approved/pro-m-r-20-packs.html

Make sure you keep the protein high post-surgery. These are often very catabolic events.

D2db41500a9385fafe0f50e178717e80

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on December 01, 2011
at 06:30 AM

Good to know. I'll definitely make some protein smoothies. Thank you.

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on November 29, 2011
at 02:24 PM

In principle, bone broths (stock) with plenty of gelatine should be good for healing, and easy to eat (drink) if you are tired after the op. They take a while to cook initially but are very simple and easy, and one batch can do several meals. If bones are difficult to get hold of, chicken wings make amazingly delicious broth/stock.

D2db41500a9385fafe0f50e178717e80

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on December 01, 2011
at 06:28 AM

I actually had my first bone broth last night. It was a little rough at first, but I'll continue experimenting with it and I'm sure it will make an appearance during recovery. Thanks!

559a1bf85bfe38a0fbbf56377c7278b4

(1548)

on December 02, 2011
at 12:56 AM

That's good to hear. You can put meat in to make them tastier ... and onions and celery ... and don't forget the salt! Best wishes for your recovery.

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