Should I change my diet after intervertebral disc excision?

Your doctor will tell you what diet changes you should apply after this type of surgery.

Following intervertebral disc excision, you will need to adapt your diet to your body’s post-operative needs.

You will be given pain medication to alleviate this postsurgical symptom, and your diet will be tailored according to this medication as well.

During the first days after returning home, it is important to have someone help you with basic activities, like grocery shopping, cooking, or household chores.

Dietary recommendations after intervertebral disc excision

After this procedure, it is advised to drink plenty of fluids and eat high-fiber food because the pain medication can cause constipation.

Your recovery process can efficiently be expedited through a high-quality meal plan, which should include:

  • extra calories: grains, legumes, fresh fruits, and vegetables (especially leafy greens)
  • high-protein foods: lean meats, poultry, eggs, low-fat dairy products
  • vitamins and minerals: prescribed supplements
  • shakes and smoothies: milk, soymilk, yogurt, or another high-protein beverage as the base
  • omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids: salmon, sardines, anchovies, flaxseeds, olive oil

Avoid drinking alcohol, as it can thin the blood and increases the risk of bleeding.

Make sure to contact your surgeon or dietitian if you have any questions or encounter any trouble following your diet plan.


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