Nutrition Tips for Recovery After Your Joint Replacement
Advanced Joint Care
& Replacement Center
Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
1501 Trousdale Drive
4th Floor East
Burlingame, CA 94010
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To speed your recovery, it’s important to eat nutritious foods. Some people lose their appetite right after surgery and while taking pain medications. However, surgery increases the body’s need for calories. You need more calories to heal.
- Eat smaller meals more often if you find that your appetite has decreased.
- For fiber, choose fruits, vegetables, cooked beans and whole grains. Fiber helps normal bowel movements.
- Plan to have protein at each meal. Protein is a very important building block for muscle and bone. It is found in meat, fish, eggs, poultry, nuts, dairy products, soy products and cooked dried beans.
- Calcium is an important component of bone. Drink milk or calcium-fortified juices, and eat yogurt or cheese for calcium. Your doctor may recommend a calcium pill and vitamin D for you if you don’t get enough from your food.
- Vitamin C helps the body heal wounds and form bone. Get vitamin C from citrus fruits, green and red peppers, collard greens, broccoli, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes and potatoes.
- Remember to drink plenty of water. To avoid constipation, you need to drink at least six to eight cups of fluid a day.
Here is a Sample Nutritious Meal Plan:
- Breakfast: Whole-wheat toast and peanut butter, raisin bran cereal with low fat milk, orange juice.
- Lunch: Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread with lettuce and tomato, cantaloupe, soy milk.
- Dinner: Grilled steak, baked beans, coleslaw, raw carrot sticks, and iced tea.
- Snack: Fruit yogurt, dried fruit, nuts, and fresh fruit