Can I eat normally after surgery?

October 9, 2019

The mouth opens and closes normally, even on the day of surgery, but this opening is limited by the elastic bands, placed between upper and lower teeth, and swelling.

You will be encouraged to eat and drink from the first day, and gradually progress from soft, very mushy or liquid food, to a normal but soft diet over the next few weeks.

Our dietitians will give further advice, and there is a separate dietitian information sheet on managing your diet after jaw surgery, if required.

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Nicholas Lee: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Sheffield UK