Key Concepts

Nutrition for Special Groups 3(3+0)

Lesson 41 : Surgery

Key Concepts

  • Surgical treatment requires added nutritional support for tissue healing and rapid recovery.
  • Diet management for surgery patients to ensure optimal nutritional support involves both oral and intravenous feeding methods.

Surgery requires special nutritional support?

  1. Nutritional needs are greatly increased in patients undergoing surgery.
  2. Deficiencies can easily develop.
  3. Pay careful attention to:
  4. Nutritional status pre – surgery
  5. Individual nutritional needs post – surgery.

Poor nutritional Status
Associated with

  • Impaired wound healing, immune system.
  • Increased risk of postoperative infection
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Impaired function of gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular system, respiratory system.
  • Increased hospital stay, cost, and mortality rate.
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