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Post-operative Nutrition Guide

Eating nutritiously and hydrating after joint replacement surgery can help with wound healing, keep your immune system strong and reduce some of the side effects of pain medications.

PROTEIN

20-30 GRAMS EACH MEAL
10-15 GRAMS EACH SNACK

Focus on high-quality Proteins:

  • 20-25 GRAMS
    • Cooked Chicken
    • Lean meat or fish (size of a deck of cards)
  • 8 GRAMS
    • 1 cup low-fat milk or yogurt
    • 6-7 GRAMS
    • 1 Egg
    • 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
    • 1 oz. cheese

Vegetarians can get quality protein from soy-based foods.

ZINC

Zinc helps the immune system work properly and may help wounds heal.

  • Lean meat
  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Milk
  • Whole Grain
  • Beans
  • Nuts

FIBER

25 GRAMS/DAY FOR WOMEN
38 GRAMS/DAY FOR MEN

Can help prevent constipation and has a natural laxative effect.

  • Prunes or Prune Juice (along with plenty of water)
  • Beans
  • Fruit
  • Whole Grains
  • Peas (fresh and dried)
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Seeds

VEGETABLES & FRUITS

Vegetables: 2 1/2 CUPS A DAY
Fruits: 2 CUPS A DAY

Helps to make collagen and is needed for repairing tendons, ligaments, and surgical wounds.

  • Citrus Fruits
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Baked Potato
  • Broccoli
  • Bell Peppers

WATER

8-10 CUPS A DAY

 

VITAMIN D & CALCIUM

Nutrients associated with healthy bones:
Low-fat dairy foods.

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What to eat after your joint replacement surgery?

The Post-operative Nutrition Guide will help you and your caregivers with the planning your meals after the surgery.

To download the flyer in PDF,
CLICK HERE.

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