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After a hernia operation, it's essential to follow your doctor's instructions regarding diet to ensure proper healing and minimize discomfort. Here are some general dietary recommendations post-hernia surgery:

Clear Liquids: In the initial phase after surgery, you may be advised to stick to clear liquids such as water, broth, clear fruit juices (without pulp), and herbal tea. These help prevent dehydration and are gentle on the digestive system.

Soft Foods: As your tolerance improves, you can gradually introduce soft, easily digestible foods such as yogurt, pudding, mashed potatoes, oatmeal, cooked vegetables, scrambled eggs, and well-cooked pasta or rice.

High-Fiber Foods: Once you're more comfortable eating, gradually incorporate high-fiber foods into your diet to prevent constipation, which can strain the surgical site. Examples include whole grains, fruits (with skin removed), vegetables, and legumes.

Lean Protein: Incorporate lean protein sources such as skinless poultry, fish, tofu, eggs, and legumes into your meals to support tissue repair and recovery.

Healthy Fats: Include sources of healthy fats in your diet, such as avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil, to aid in nutrient absorption and promote overall healing.

Hydration: Stay adequately hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, as proper hydration is essential for healing and overall health.

Avoid Straining: Avoid foods that may cause gas, bloating, or discomfort, such as carbonated beverages, spicy foods, greasy/fried foods, and foods high in fiber that may be difficult to digest.

Small, Frequent Meals: Instead of large meals, opt for smaller, more frequent meals to prevent overeating and minimize discomfort.

Always consult with your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian for personalized dietary recommendations based on your specific medical condition, recovery progress, and any dietary restrictions or allergies you may have. Following their guidance will help ensure a smooth recovery and promote optimal healing after hernia surgery.

Dr. Mahak Bhandari’s commitment to advancing medical knowledge and delivering exceptional patient care has earned him a well-deserved reputation as a leading figure in the field of surgery.

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