Originally Posted by AddieBee
Wow, I am surprised they would let you eat like that before AND after surgery. When I had my hysterectomy, I didn't eat anything for at least 12 hours after. The anesthesia can make you quite nauseous. And then it was only clear liquids and some toast.
Things have changed a great deal.
Four years ago when I went off work sick, people were not to eat or drink after midnight if their surgery was early in the morning. If it was later in the day then they could have a light breakfast and then nothing.
After their surgery they would be "NPO" (not able to eat or drink anything) until they had bowel sounds. Then they were put on a clear fluid diet (anything that is 100% clear at room temperature), then a full fluid diet (any liquids at all including milk), then diet as they tolerate it.
However, when I returned to work back in September for my back-to-work program, I found that right after surgery people can have whatever they want, no restrictions: it's basically whatever they can tolerate having. So when they come back they get a jug of water, and a snack if they want it, and then a full meal tray with the next meal.