Two weeks ago I had emergency surgery to correct an unusual type of bowel obstruction (cecal volvulus). An appendectomy was performed as part of the correction and one of my ovaries was removed with a large benign tumor (an "incidental find"). The surgery was done by enlarging a previous vertical opening in my abdomen (extensive hernia repair less than two years ago). I was slightly anemic before this surgery, and had struggled with anemia following the previous surgery. My question is about nutrition in general in these kinds of situations: aside from the iron supplements I obviously need, what about increased protein requirements for healing? How long will I have increased need for protein? What other kinds of nutritional considerations are there? Any other healing advise?
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