Jaw surgery diet

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Oral surgical procedures by their nature and location often affect, at least temporarily, the normal routine food intake pattern. More extensive oral surgical treatments such as orthognathic surgery, implant reconstruction, multiple tooth extraction, and oral cancer treatments directly affect the individual’s ability to take nutrition in a normal, natural way. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, I have so much contact with and exposure to these scenarios, and I am aware of the vast number of products on the market to address nutritional problems, that I often assume that patients know about the availability of these products.

Our most common usage of the jaw surgery diet is with orthognathic (reconstructive jaw) surgery patients. Hospitals and most medical clinics have staff dieticians who can consult with you to assess your dietary needs and make suggestions for options and products. Our site addresses some of these.
Proper hydration is of course a key part of dietary intake. As far as food goes, I have found, for most of our patients who have short term needs to modify their diet – up to eight weeks of modification – the liquid diet supplements offered at your local store or pharmacy along with whatever soft or liquid foods you can take in will suffice. I recommend focusing on the same products a body builder would use such as high protein, high calorie, high vitamin and mineral drinks. Next, I would focus on what flavors you like and try different products to find some that give you some satisfaction from a taste standpoint. Remember that many foods in puree form can be pretty good and may not disturb your oral site. We will work with you along with a dietician in some cases to help you through this.
Ref: J Oral Maxillofac Surg 71:1853-1860, 2013

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