Calories Needed to Heal After Major Surgery
An_253122 posted:
My father is a cancer patient and he was instructed to only take in 2800 calories per day after he had surgery for removal of the esophagus. He is about 5'7" tall, 170lbs and 59 years old at the time of the surgery, but when we started to look into another hospital for care we were advised by a nurse at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America that the calories needed to help him heal would need to be about 2 to possibly 3 times that amount. We were advised that the 2800 calories he was getting was not enough to fuel for his immune system to heal the body and would cause delayed healing. I was hoping that someone could advise us on just some basic guidelines or information about nutrition and how it affects healing in the body after surgery.