Nissen Fundoplication Diet
Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication is a surgery for patients suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. After this procedure is performed, it is necessary to go on the Nissen fundoplication diet. Carefully following this diet can minimize pain and maximize the chance of the surgery's success.
The first week of the diet consists of clear liquids. Some examples of clear liquids are water, jello, broth, Crystal Light, popsicles, lemonade, water, apple juice, cranberry juice, grape juice and decaffeinated tea or coffee without cream. Caffeinated beverages, carbonated drinks, thick liquids, solids, gum, alcohol and hard candy are not advised.
In week two, you may add liquid and pureed foods to your diet. Foods that you can puree in a blender include fruit without pulp or seeds, pasta, mashed potatoes, vegetables, meat, soups and oatmeal. Ice cream, baby food, milk shakes and instant breakfast drinks are also acceptable diet choices. At this stage, avoid beverages with caffeine or carbonation, thick liquids, solids, gum, alcohol and hard candy.
Weeks three to eight
Between the third and eighth week you can slowly add soft foods to your diet. Some recommended soft foods are meat with gravy, soft cooked scrambled eggs, hot cereals, cold cereals softened in milk, soft cheeses, sushi and soft cut up pasta. During this period, you should avoid raw vegetables, steak, chips, tacos, bread, sandwiches and hamburgers.
After week eight
After the eighth week you can slowly add regular foods to your diet. Start with softer foods such as breads and cheeses, then work your way up to eating things like chips and nuts. Carbonated drinks, caffeine and alcohol are okay to consume in moderation.
While on this diet, it is best to eat six to eight small meals a day. Eating slowly and exercising lightly aid in digestion and ease discomfort. Another good rule of thumb is to stay in an upright position while eating or drinking, and remain that way 20 minutes after you are done. If pain or discomfort persists contact your physician.