Post-surgery instructions


After your surgery, it is strongly recommended that you eat a protein-rich diet. This will aid in the healing of your surgical wounds (see table below).

To avoid constipation, you need to drink 7 to 9 glasses of water a day (unless contraindicated by your medical condition) and exercise regularly. Walking helps your intestines function. If you do not have bowel movements despite these tips, you can try products like Metamucil, which you can buy at any pharmacy. Don’t hesitate to ask your pharmacist for advice.

If it has been 3 days since your last bowel movement and you haven’t passed gas or felt any bloating, please contact a health care professional (your family doctor, a pharmacist, or /typo3conf/l10n/fr/rtehtmlarea/Resources/Private/Language/fr.locallang_accessibilityicons.xlf:external_link_new_window_altText Info-Santé at 811).

Protein-rich foods:

Fish and seafood
Fish and seafood
Chicken plate
Meat (chicken or beef), peas, dried beans, legumes, canned lentils, and tofu
Dairy products
2% or 3.25% milk, Greek yogurt, soy beverages
Seeds, nuts, peanut butter or nut butter


Do not lift weights over 10 lbs. or 5 kg for 4 to 6 weeks after your surgery. 

After your operation, you must stay active while following your surgeon’s instructions about exercise. Over time, gradually increase how much you walk until you have returned to your normal activity level. As a general rule, you should not do rigorous exercise or lift weights of 10 lbs. or more for 4 to 6 weeks after your operation. 

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