Preparing for Surgery


Nutritional optimization is an essential component for improving your strength and healing before, during and after treatment. Under times of stress and illness, your nutritional demands change. In order to properly meet these demands, follow the guidelines below:

  • Include a source of protein at every meal and snack.  Good sources of protein include lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, beans, lentils, nuts and soy products.
  • Minimize daily intake of added sugars like candies, sweets, sodas
  • Try to include 6-7 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables daily
  • Choose whole-grain breads and cereals
  • Limit high-fat and salt-cured foods

Sometimes during treatments and illness, it can be hard to follow the eating guidelines. If you notice you are losing weight or having a difficult time eating enough, please be sure to visit with our Registered Dietitian for personalized recommendations. You may need to adjust your diet to manage symptoms such as poor appetite, taste changes or feeling full before finishing a meal. Our Registered Dietitian will recommend changes to your diet based on your symptoms and food preferences.

In preparation for surgery we highly recommend that you:

    • EXCERCISE as much as you can (walking for at least 30 minutes twice a day is advised).

By taking these two measures you would strengthen your body and prepare your lungs for the operation. This will optimize the chances for a faster recovery after the operation.

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