I have never heard that, and I have had a hernia, gallbladder, burst appendix, and 2 ICD's put in my chest.
Of course, I DID eat slightly higher. All I did was rest, and eat after every one of these surgeries except the gallbladder one, which for me was minor surgery. I was walking laps 4 hours after surgery, and went home same day. I even kept to low carb, since I never ate at the hospital.
The other ones though, especially my inguinal hernia, which was a 5.5 hour surgery, put me out of commission for weeks. I had trouble walking for 2 weeks after hernia surgery because of swelling, so basically lay on my back, watching TV, and praying I didn't have to go to the bathroom. My brother cooked my meals.
My 2 ICD's were probably the easiest surgeries after the gallbladder, but I spent 3-4 days afterwards relaxing, and ate off plan, because my only goal at that point, was getting better, and back to work. So I didn't " diet " following surgery. Within a week, I was back on plan, and back to work.
I would ask your doctor, and follow what he/she says, and if they have no post- op dietary recommendations, I would just eat what you want till you make it through the pain, and immobility. Not meaning you should eat banana splits, but if you want an extra serving of chicken and broccoli, have it. Your body is repairing itself, so make sure it has the tools.
This is interesting. After my surgeries, no one told me to eat more, but it makes sense. Let me know if doctor concurs with eating more food, and if so how long after. I have a few surgeries coming up.. battery change/new ICD in '16-'17, and probably a heart valve replacement at around the same time.
Hope your hernias start to feel better soon. Mine hurt for weeks, but I was 330, almost too heavy for them to allow for the surgery. It made moving around a chore. Being fit has to have helped a lot, and while I don't look forward to anyone cutting on me, I hope by weighing a lot less, it makes recovery easier, and faster. Hopefully, it does so for you now.
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