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What to Eat During Your Recovery After Surgery


Updated March 26, 2014

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Foods that Can Cause Constipation
While some foods can help prevent or treat constipation, there are other foods that can make constipation more likely. Constipation can increase your pain level and can place additional stress on your incision, so it is important to avoid whenever possible.

Foods likely to cause constipation:


  • Dried or dehydrated foods - These include dried fruits (prunes are an exception, they can help to ease constipation), beef jerky and some types of potato chips.


  • Processed Foods


  • Cheese


  • Milk and Dairy Products


  • Red Meat


  • Sweets - including pastries, candies, cakes and other sugary foods
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