Table 3: Dietary Considerations Prior to Surgical Procedures

Points to Consider Reasoning Approach
Current nutritional status Poor nutrition before surgery may not be adequate for the increased nutritional needs after surgery and may predispose patients to prolonged healing Assess food intake and advise the patient to meet the Dietary Recommended Intakes (DRI) by following Canada’s Food Guide
Consider multivitamins or other supplements, keeping in mind the Upper Tolerable Limit (UL)
Current food consumption habits Food preferences may affect adherence to food suggestions post-surgery Assess food preferences through food records
Be realistic about patient’s compliance and adapt the food suggestions to their preferences as much as possible