Post Diet for Myotomy

Post-op Dietary Instructions following Cricopharyngeal Myotomy

Diet Recommendations

The surgery has created a small raw area within the throat that needs to heal and will take about 10 days to do so.  During this time, you may experience throat discomfort or pain when eating or swallowing saliva.  Use your pain medications as you need and make sure that you drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

Your Surgeon will give you any specific advice.  The following is intended as a guide only.  If you are not sure what is appropriate to eat, then ask your Doctor.  Remember to chew well and use lubrication, e.g. Sauce, gravy, fluids.

Recommendations for diet following surgery:

Week One

Liquid or puree food only

Ideas for meals include:

  • Yoghurt
  • Soups (without lumps)
  • Blenderized food – you can essentially put anything in a stick blender or Nutri Ninja and whizz it to make it thin.  Please try to avoid hard lumps, skins, pips or stringy foods.
  • Porridge
  • Smoothies
  • Water – important to ensure adequate fluid intake through the day

At any point use of protein powder or supplement, drinks may be helpful.  These include Complan, Ensure, or Fortisip.  Protein powder may be added to smoothies and blenderized food to ensure adequate protein intake and avoid muscle loss.

Week Two

Soft food

  • Porridge, cornflakes soaked in milk
  • Soft bread with lubricated toppings (e.g. Jam, cheese
  • Egged bread
  • Blenderized vege’s
  • Soup – with legumes, bacon hock
  • Soft mashed potato

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