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How soon can I eat after bowel cancer surgery? What are the precautions?
2023/11/06

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Many family members of patients with colorectal cancer are concerned about "How soon can I eat after colorectal cancer surgery? What can I eat to get adequate nutrition? Can I take supplements on the market? How to take enteral nutrition powder?" etc., the following is a unified explanation for everyone. one time.

1. How long should you eat in the early days after bowel cancer surgery?How long you need to eat after bowel cancer surgery and what you can eat are determined based on the location of the tumor, the method of surgery, and the patient's postoperative recovery.

Generally speaking, for patients with colon cancer and high rectal cancer, the anus can basically be preserved after surgery, and the food eaten must be expelled through the anus. In order to heal the anastomosis, it is best to wait 5-7 days after the anal exhaust before eating, such as a small amount of Water, liquid food, meat and vegetable soup, porridge, etc., and then gradually return to normal diet.

During this period, it is generally recommended to take oral enteral nutrition powder, which can provide more comprehensive nutrition, is less likely to produce stool, has less impact on anastomotic recovery, can effectively reduce the risk of anastomotic leakage, and facilitates anastomotic healing.

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For rectal cancer patients with enterostomy, if it is a preventive temporary stoma, food will not pass through the rectal anastomosis and will be discharged from the ileostomy. Generally, liquid food and enteral nutrition powder can be eaten within 1-2 days after surgery, and supplements While providing nutrition, it does not affect the anastomosis.

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