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My jaw is going to be wired shut! What should I eat?

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In two months I will be having Double Jaw Surgery to correct my underbite.  My upper jaw needs to be moved slightly forward and my lower jaw needs to be moved back.  For my upper jaw an incision will be made under my upper lip.   Then a cut is made in the bone, so it can be mobilized and repositioned.  For the lower, an incision will be made near my back molars.

For about two weeks afte surgery my mouth will be banded shut with rubber bands.  I will need to be on a no chew liquid diet.  After the bands come off I will be able to eat some soft foods (eggs, mashed potatos etc..) but for the most part still just liquid based food.

I need to start coming up with some ideas of what to eat.  From what I have been told, I will receive a giant plastic syringe looking thing that I can fill up with food and shoot into my mouth. 

I already have a protein shake that I really like that i can add different stuff to such as yogurt, fruit etc... but I need some other ideas as I will get sick of drinking that all day for 6+ weeks.

I'm kind of weird when it comes to the texture of my food.  If something is meant to be in solid form it is very hard for me to eat it in liquid form regardless of the taste.  For example I knew someone who had this procedure done and they would literally blend up spaghetti and drink it.  Just thinking about drinking spaghetti makes me queasy...

Any ideas?

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ok spaghetti sounds gross... but maybe test out a few foods? try some vegetables and such, blend them and warm it up... see how it tastes and then write a 'recipe book' type thing of all your favorites! maybe have a search on google or something to find some little recipe's too.

make sure you have the right amount though, dont get unhealthy :)

I did an unhealthy diet a couple of months earlier (I'll never do it again) BUT they had various pudding, drinks that contained a lot of protein, that were very fulfilling and tasted good. I'm in Canada, so I don't know if they're available where you live but they we're called IDEAL PROTEIN... They had a really good cappucino, great juices... It might come in handy in a extreme situation like yours... Good luck.... I would also rely on liquid yogourt (yoplait) with fruits inside....

My recommendation is to get soft tofu, it blends great and it will take the flavor of whatever you put with it!  Tofu is packed with protein which is what you will need for a speedy recovery!  Try mixing fruit flavored yogurts, frozen fruit, bananas, kiwi's, whatever your pleasure.  You can even add it to your favorite icecream for a wonderful milkshake fortified with protein, fat and dairy!

Good luck, whatever you do, try not to lose more than 5 lbs, you'll need the fats and calories for your body to heal!

low fat eggnog made with egg beaters and skim milk and a little sweetner - high protein and tastes like a real treat.  Just beat the egg substitute with skim milk in a saucepan until it's hot.  Don't boil or stop stirring or it will curdle.  Add sweetness to taste and maybe a dash of vanilla or rum flavoring.

Get your veggies from low sodium V8, or pureed vegetable soup. 

Banana yogurt smoothie, thinned with milk so you can sip it through a straw

Cream soups pureed in the blender.

I wouldn't try to puree anything with meat in it, except maybe beef broth without the actual meat.  I remember from making baby food that the texture was yucky. 

It seems to me that getting enough fiber might be a problem though.  Maybe somebody has a suggestion about that.

Campbells Healthy Request soups - Cream of Chicken, Cream of Broccoli

Agreed on the tofu to get your protein.  Don't forget the fats, you can blend peanut butter into lots of things, and if you get the light flavored olive oil, it's virtually tasteless and can be added to anything.

Good luck with your surgery!

ETA - Fiber shouldn't be a problem, she'll probably be eating LOTS of pureed fruits and veggies - but if it looks like you need more, you can always blend in Benfiber - it's tasteless.  

Wow..your poor girl! Sounds like it will be tough.


Well..Kerns nectar juice..of course things like Ensure or slim fast..chocolate soy milk, maybe your own homemade you have a juicer? Might be a good investment so you can make a variety of things and hopefully get some fresh, nice tasting 'food' during that time.

You could add carrots and other vegetables to the fruit just to get some added nutrition, and you may want to look into liquid vitamin supplements you could add too.

Protein powder could probably be your friend as well.


Sorry you have to deal with this!


when we were kids mum would boil up a load of different veges (absolutely anything eg potato, sweetpotato, carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, peas, sweetcorn --literally absolutely anything you have).  You boil them all quite well until pretty soft, then mash all together. Its actually quite tasty.  You can add a little salt/butter like in mashed potato as well. 

This will be better for your soft stage rather than liquid, but its a good way to get lots of vitamins and veges in!

Good luck with the surgery!

Your poor thing! Try ice, vanilla soymilk (my favorite is 8th Continent Light) with a frozen banana and and a little Truvia (or whatever you have on hand). I eat it all the time and never get tired of it!

My best friend got his jaw wired shut :( It is not fun

Here is a BIG tip: you can blend anything! Also, I would recommend drinking pre-made breakfast drinks, or slimfast drinks because they contain many of the days nutrients.

Just make sure you still follow your food groups!

OOooo. I had that same surgery when I was 15.  I don't really remember what I ate, except that the first night home from the hospital I tried some soup that had rice in it and it got stuck.  So be careful of chunky stuff at first.  You will get used to it, and be able to eat more things as it heals.  Puree soups like butternut, tomato, potato etc. will be good.  Oh and milkshakes!!!  I kind of remember my mom pureeing stoffers dinners, like chicken ala king, or tuna noodle casserole.  Not the healthiest stuff, but I did get really hungry, so it got the calories in there.  Good luck!  I hope your surgery goes well!

 I've been there, so I really feel your pain on this one. I had my jaw wired shut for 8 months due to an accident. Half of my bottom jaw was seperated from my skull and had both sides wired shut to heal.

 I "lived" those 8 months only "eating" cans of Chicken Broth (with Tony's for flavoring) and cans of Slim Fast/Equate for at least SOME mild nutrition. Granted, this made me lose an insane amount of weight, I was consistantly and randomly passing out. I had NO energy. When the wires were finally removed, I gained all the weight back rapidly with interest.

 My advice? Be healthy about it. You may only be having the treatment for a few weeks on a liquid style diet, but don't get lazy about preparation of your meals. Prep time was (and still is) my biggest downfall when it comes to eating right. If your jaw is going to be wired on both sides, make sure not to eat anything too thick or chunky as it will clog the "braces". Make sure you prepare your food VERY thinly blended and remember, Smoothies are a god send if made right.

my mom is a big fan of homemade soups. she made me some split pea soup before that was really tasty. Just boil dried split peas until they turn into this green mush, and add flavor. The package she got came with instructions and a seasoning packet. She also makes lentil soup that's pretty good. I think creamy soups would be good for you so you can get the satisfaction of hearty food. Plus the convenience of canned soups is great if you hate cooking.

my coworker makes an amazing celery soup and has it almost every day for lunch - it's delicious! chop and saute one bunch of celery in a couple tbsp olive oil with garlic and chopped onion. add one can low sodium chicken broth and one pack soft tofu. blend, season with s&p to taste, and enjoy. this recipe makes enough for 4 healthy servings with plenty of fiber and protein. (and you can blend in some heavy cream if you need to up your calories.)

my biggest recommendation (if you cook) would be to invest in an immersion blender. my kitchenaid works wonders, but the cuisinart smartstick 200 is on sale for $30 at amazon.

I used this recipe after I had my wisdom teeth out. Then, when someone I know had to get jaw surgery I gave her the recipe and the ingredients to make it as a get well present. I liked it since it was really filling compared to a lot of other things you can drink.

Apple Cinnamon Oat Shake

Combine in blender:

1 cup milk or vanilla soymilk

1/2 cup apple sauce

1/2 pouch plain instant oatmeal

1/2 tbsp liquid honey

1/8 tsp cinnamon.

Blend until smooth. Let stand 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup ice cubes and blend again. (I never added the ice though.)

It comes out fairly thick, which I liked since I was getting pretty sick of liquids after a few days, but if you want/need it thinner just add some extra milk.

You should send a message to CC member eerica. I remember her posting about having her jaw wired shut a few months ago.

I had a similar surgery several years ago as long as I could get it into my mouth and didn't have to chew I could eat just about anything.   My favorite was beef strogenoff.  It was made with ground beef and it was them crumbled very small  once it was all cooked the noodles were mashed with a fork.  I ended up loving this stuff.  

Right now my teeth are wired shut and I really cant get anything passed that doesnt get blended real well.  My girlfriend came up with the idea of using a $.97 squeeze ketchup type bottle at Wal-Mart.  We got a sports bottle there and took ouy tge tybe thar sucked from the bottom.  Stuck it on the end of yhe squeeze bottle.  now thick blended soups cab be sebt right to the back of my mouth and made it easier to eat.  Any soups come out pretty well if blended till stricktly soup.  I also drink 2 shakes between meals  .  Best of Luck!!!!

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Hi, sorry about your upcoming surgery. I have a Lapland and the first few weeks, I could only have liquids. My niece cooked me some beans(butter beans) and put them in the blender. They were so good, kept me full.
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