NutritionYou may need to monitor your nutrition before and after a surgical procedure at Sacramento Surgical Arts PC. Dr. Heir and our staff can assist you with diet planning as it relates to your surgical outcome, as well as your overall oral health.
We have compiled a list of foods containing Salicylates (a substance commonly found in Aspirin). These foods should be avoided fourteen days prior to surgery.
- Tomato Juice
If you have questions regarding any foods or beverages, please feel free to ask the doctor or a member of our staff.
Proper nutrition is very important after surgery or during recovery from illness. To facilitate proper healing, you need the right fluids and food sources. For patients of oral surgery, this can present some challenges. In particular, the presence of swelling and surgical incisions may hinder your chewing ability.
For surgical nutrition, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recommends the following "rules of thumb" for patients undergoing surgery.
- Drink approximately 6 to 8 glasses of fluids per day
- Consume 15 calories per pound of body weight
- Protein intake may need to increase to promote healing
Some surgical procedures will bring increased difficulty with nutrition, especially when the jaws are immobilized. If you are scheduled to undergo procedures like orthognathic surgery, TMJ surgery or facial reconstruction, your surgeon will help you plan a manageable post-operative diet that will allow consumption of nutrients while minimizing difficulty in eating. This typically means a liquid diet made in a blender, which can be consumed through a straw or spoon.