Evidence-Based Practice for Diet after Surgery

You might be feeling a little more energetic than usual after having surgery. Maybe you had a minor procedure done or were in the operating room for a few hours. Maybe you even had a longer surgery and are now in the healing phase. Regardless of the reason behind your post-operative bounce back, it’s important to follow the advice of your doctor and nurse to get the most out of it.

Eat Well

The first thing your surgeon will likely tell you is to eat well. After all, your body needs a good amount of nutrition to heal properly. There are several meals your surgeon will recommend, such as the MRE (menu resource exchange) that consist of meat, rice, and vegetables. However, it’s important to look at the evidence behind these nutrition recommendations and see what type of diet actually leads to faster recovery times and better short- and long-term health outcomes.


In addition to eating well, you should also try to get some exercise. Studies show that moderate to intense exercise speeds up the recovery process after surgery and reduces the risk of complications. If possible, try to do some physical therapy exercises to regain strength and movement as soon as you can.

You might also feel a little down after surgery, especially if it was a longer procedure or if you had a more complex surgery. Some studies show that engaging in different recreational activities, such as reading or listening to music, speeds up the recovery process and improves your mood. What type of activities do you enjoy? Perhaps doing something that you always wanted to do, such as skydiving or scuba diving, can be a good way to boost your spirits and heal quickly.

Follow the advice of your doctor and nurse. They will help you recover as quickly as possible and avoid complications. Once you start feeling better, you can decide what type of diet and exercise plan will work best for you.