How will my diet change after the nephroureterectomy surgery?

After a nephroureterectomy, patients need to comply with certain rules and restrictions both in diet and in lifestyle. Your doctor will tell you what the best diet is after this type of surgery.

Right after the nephroureterectomy, you will have an intravenous catheter for hydration. At first, you will be able to tolerate liquids and you will gradually resume a normal diet. The process of resuming a typical diet might be a slow one. Based on how well your body is adapting to the surgery, you will start tolerating solid food again. You will have a decreased appetite right after the surgery, but it will return to normal as you start recovering.

What you can and cannot eat after the nephroureterectomy surgery

Following nephroureterectomy surgery, patients invariably ask their doctors what to eat to protect the remaining kidney. However, the effect of dietary approaches, such as a low-protein and low-salt diet, for lowering the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) have not been studied in a controlled clinical trial. There are extensive data, however, suggesting that higher protein intake is associated with glomerular hyper-filtration and a higher risk of CKD.

A healthy diet is very important because it provides sufficient energy and nutrients to prevent a deficiency in any particular nutrient, helps to optimize health, and reduces the risk of disease. Talk with your doctor about referring you to a registered dietitian if you have questions about the basic makeup of a healthy diet.

Those suffering from renal dysfunction during the entire period of postoperative rehabilitation should avoid:

  • alcohol
  • fatty and fried foods
  • smoked meats
  • canned meat
  • confectionery sweets
  • bakery products with added salt
  • salty snacks
  • strong tea, coffee, cocoa

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