The stress of surgery on the body results in increased energy and protein utilization. Perioperative nutrition, which involves the supply of essential macro- and micronutrients and, protein, is an integral component of a speedy recovery. Nutritional therapy also plays a vital role in managing the symptoms, sustaining functional abilities, and improving the quality of life of patients under palliative care.
Some of the foods that promote healing after surgery are:
Nutritional measures to be followed prior to surgery are:
The goal of nutrition in palliative care patients is to improve their quality of life. Evidence suggests that combining appropriate nutritional therapy with palliative care enhances the quality of life and reduces symptoms. The nutrition specialist in palliative care develops customized dietary recommendations to optimize energy intake by modifying the type of food, timing and frequency of meals, and size of portions.