Clear liquid diet (one to two days post-surgery)

This diet is the same as the pre-surgery liquid diet. The goal is to prevent dehydration. The same clear liquids as before surgery are allowed, and no foods are permitted. Keep drinking as much as you can in the hospital or if you're already at home after an outpatient procedure or one-night hospital stay.

Foods List

  • Water
  • Broth
  • Popsicles
  • Gelatin
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Sports drinks
  • Pulp-free fruit juices

Tips and Guidelines for the Clear Liquid Diet

  • Aim for at least 1.5 liters (6 8-ounce cups) of fluid per day. More is better.
  • Drink 4 to 6 ounces per hour
  • Avoid very hot and very cold beverages. They can irritate surgery wounds.