Healing After Surgery: Things You Need to Know About Your Diet and Nutrition
Invasive or not, a surgical procedure is a shock for your whole body and therefore, everything linked to it should be treated with utmost care and concern. The idea is that everything you do prior to and after the surgery should promote better healing, quicker results and hopefully a healthy lifestyle you’ll be happy with.
WHY IS NUTRITION IMPORTANT?
Primarily, healthy nutrition is essential to fuelling normal functioning of human anatomy. Your heart beating and your respiratory organs (lungs) will be directly influenced by the type of food and drink you consume.
When additional stress is placed on the body, including growth spurts, injuries, exercise, sickness, and pregnancy/lactation, nutrient needs are altered. Surgeries are chiefly stressful as the body actively works to heal its wounds.
To help the immune system fight against potential infection and prevent excess blood loss, sticking to high-quality and moderate pre-operative nutrition is key. Research has demonstrated that consuming particular nutrients and following supplement regimens work to your advantage. Specific nutrients are needed to repair skin, nerves, blood vessels and even muscles and bones.
WHAT TO CONSUME PRE-OPERATIVELY?
No matter how healthily you currently eat, your dietary intake may not meet all of the necessary and recommended daily dosage of vitamins, macro-nutrients and minerals.
A pre-operative period lasts 2 to 4 weeks. This is when a patient should turn to healthy lifestyle preparing for the upcoming stress of a surgery.
Here are a few nutrients that are vital during this time period.
Water is essential for all of the body’s systems, including the skin, metabolism, digestion, and hormones. It maintains skin hydration, making it plump, moist, and free of blemishes. It helps the body get rid of waste, toxins and impurities while preventing constipation and bloating. Drink a minimum of 64 ounces daily.
Protein is required for tissue building and repair, given it’s the second largest component of the body. Our hormones, organs, enzymes, red blood cells and immune system are all mainly comprised of protein. It is imperative you consume a sufficient amount of meat to help the body prepare for a surgery and post-op tissue repair.
It can be very difficult to eat a well-balanced varied diet which is why you should rely on powerful multivitamin and mineral supplements for an added effect. This will prepare the body for the upcoming tissue repair process and help your overall body condition.
Vitamin C, Zinc and Glutamine intake are essential as they (each doing their own thing) are aiding in collagen production, improving blood vessel dilation, tissue building and repair, and strengthening immunity.
Take this amino acid to help your body fight infection, help post-op tissue repair and immune function.
Taken before surgery, aids in quicker recovery after surgery.
With regular intake of probiotics, good bacteria will inhabit the gut and prevent gas, nausea, constipation, bloating or discomfort of any kind.
Food high in refined sugar as well as aspirin and all other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) should be avoided as they can suppress immune function.
WHAT TO CONSUME POST-OPERATIVELY?
The goal of a proper plastic surgery in Sydney (or anyplace else where professionalism and patient’s best interest are the guiding thought) is to leave you happy with the end result.
Post-surgery nutrition is just the added set of instructions to the pre-op supplement regimens listed above and they are often added to improve recovery outcomes.
72 hours post-op, eat food that is soft, bland, and easy to chew and digest.
Avoid food that increases inflammation (trans and saturated fats found in fried and processed foods); add food high in monounsaturated fats – blueberries, extra-virgin olive oil, avocados and tart/sour cherries.
Bromelain and Arnica Montana:
These will dramatically reduce post-op swelling and bruising by dilating capillaries, facilitating blood flow to the injured tissue to reduce pain. Take as prescribed by your surgeon.
Follow these pieces of advice as well as those prescribed by your surgeon, and you’ll be more than okay. Good luck!
Author Bio – Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.