Abstract: This handout gives dietary guidelines to follow after having a gastrectomy, surgery to remove some or all of the stomach. After a gastrectomy, people usually need to eat soft foods that are high in protein and low in sugar. The handout includes an explanation of "dumping syndrome" and how to prevent it, tables listing foods that are OK and foods to avoid on a soft gastrectomy diet, special drink recipes, and a sample menu.
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