Date issued: September 2021
Review date: September 2023
Ref: A-317 v2
Dietary advice for patients after Orthognathic surgery
You are about to come into hospital for surgery to correct the position of your jaws. This information will help you choose a sensible diet after your operation while your jaws heal.
If you have any concerns, or there is anything that you don’t understand, please talk to your orthodontist or surgeon. We will be seeing you every week, immediately after your operation and we are always happy to answer any questions.
While you are in hospital
For the first week after your operation you should only eat very soft or pureed food that does not need any chewing. It is unlikely that you will want to eat very much while you are in hospital. But if you do, choose something from the hospital “Puréed Menu” or choose something like a yoghurt or soup.
The most important thing to do immediately after your operation is to drink plenty of fluids so that you do not become dehydrated. We will only discharge you from hospital when we are sure that you are drinking enough.
The first week after the operation
When you first get home from hospital you should stick to a very soft or puréed diet that does not need any chewing. An electric blender will be very useful at this time.
Examples of suitable meals for your first week after surgery are:
Soup Yogurt/mousse/fruit fool
Stew processed in a blender Stewed fruit/mashed banana
Savoury mince Rice pudding/trifle/jelly/ice cream
Mashed potato Milk shakes/smoothies
Scrambled eggs Porridge
If you cannot manage to eat enough to keep your strength up, you could replace some meals with liquid nutritional supplements (e.g. Ensure™, Complan™).
From week 2 until week 6 after the operation
At this stage of recovery it is likely that you will be able to eat slightly less “sloppy” foods. You can now gradually add more foods to your diet. But any foods you choose at this early stage of healing should be edible without much chewing.
Examples of suitable meals/foods are:
Pasta and sauce Fruit crumble
Macaroni cheese Soft cakes
Rice with chilli/curry Steamed puddings
Stews with small pieces of meat/veg Cheesecake
Soft fish or fish pie
Soft meat cut into small pieces
Bread without crusts
Vegetables in small pieces
From week 7 until week 12 after the operation
A lot of healing will now have occurred and you can progress to a more normal diet. But you should still avoid hard, crunchy or chewy foods. Don’t bite hard or eat foods like crusty bread or steak which require a lot of chewing.
From week 12 after the operation
Your bones should now be fully healed and you should be able to eat normally