Yesterday, after an upper endoscopy, my father's G.I. specialist advised him to go on a liquid diet. My father has an extremely large diverticulum in his esophagus. All food goes in there. Liquids slowly drip out into the distall esophagus, but solids stay there and need to be removed via endoscopy. We are going to see a highly recommended surgeon at a major teaching hospital next week, but Dad is 80 and a poor candidate for major surgery.
I need help in planning and preparing a liquid diet for him. Can you recommend some resources? Also,has anyone evaluated liquid soy protein supplements from a medical standpoint?
It sounds like your father will probably benefit from surgery to repair the esophageal diverticulum if he proves to be a good operative candidate. While he is waiting for surgery I would recommend that he take 4-6 cans (1500-2000 calories/day) of an oral nutritional supplement such as Ensure. Ensure has all the vitamins and minerals that he requires, is in liquid form, comes in a variety of flavors and is lactose free. If he develops constipation he should try the nutrition supplement with fiber. There are many types of nutritional supplements on the market with different metabolic components such as the soy protein which you mentioned. There are no definitive studies that show that those nutritional supplements would benefit your father more than just using the Ensure. If your father does not prove to be a good operative candidate and cannot meet his caloric requirements by drinking an appropriate nutritional supplement, he could consider the placement of a feeding tube placed into the stomach using upper GI endoscopy (PEG-percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement). I hope everything works out well for your father.
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