Malnutrition is a common problem among patients undergoing surgery, and it is associated with post-operative complications and increased length of stay in hospital.1 Obtaining adequate nutrition before and after surgery is therefore vitally important for a number of reasons. Undernutrition can weaken the immune system, which could lead to complications such as a chest infection. It can also cause tiredness and/or depression, which can lead to decreased mobility. Nutritional support can reduce post-operative complications and time spent in hospital.2
Oral nutritional supplements – given before admission to hospital, before and after an operation and as an inpatient – can reduce minor complications and lessen the degree of weight loss.3 Alternatively, where an individual is unable to meet their nutritional requirements from food and drink, a feeding tube can be used to deliver nutrients directly into the stomach or small bowel.
For people undergoing surgery, the following feeds may be suitable:
Ensure Plus range
Our oral nutritional supplements for adults and older children include the Ensure Plus range. Ensure Plus comes in a variety of flavours, and the range includes milkshake, yoghurt, juice and savoury styles, as well as crème (dessert-style). There are also fibre-containing products and low volume products within the range.
Abbott Tube Feeding range
Our tube feeds are designed for people who cannot take in all of the calories and nutrients they need by mouth. Tube feeding usually starts in hospital, and involves delivering a nutritionally complete, liquid feed directly into the stomach or small bowel via a narrow tube. Once the individual leaves hospital, the person, or their carer, will be trained on how to manage feeding at home as necessary.
Vital 1.5 kcal
Vital 1.5 kcal is suitable for people with disease-related malnutrition and malabsorption or for those who experience symptoms of poor feed tolerance. Vital 1.5 kcal is a peptide-based* feed that is available both as a 200 ml oral nutritional supplement, and as a 1000 ml Ready to Hang tube feed, both of which attach directly to Abbott giving sets.
Perative is a 1.3 kcal/ml, peptide-based* tube feed for the dietary management of people with malabsorption or who experience symptoms of poor feed tolerance. Perative is available in 500 ml and 1000 ml Ready to Hang bottles, which attach directly to Abbott giving sets.
PaediaSure Peptide is suitable for the dietary management of children weighing 8-30 kg with malabsorption or children who experience symptoms of poor feed tolerance. PaediaSure Peptide is a 1.0 kcal/ml peptide-based* feed that is available both as a 500 ml Ready to Hang tube feed and as a 200 ml oral nutritional supplement.
*Peptides are partially broken down proteins, which makes them easier to digest and absorb in the gut than whole proteins.
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