Anticipating surgery can be stressful. Being pro-active before surgery and being prepared for after surgery care has the benefit of feeling better and healing faster as well as eliminating pain medication sooner.
In order to steer clear of the “what ifs”, you must prepare your body for the healing process by focusing on a positive outcome. An optimistic approach has shown to be a beneficial tool for healing. Your body also needs an array of nutrients to support and repair itself afterwards, including quality carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and water are all essential in the healing process. If these needs are not met, body tissues such as muscle and tendons start to break down. This will directly impact your recovery as well as your healing. A few weeks after surgery is a good time to re-visit eating habits and adjust as needed if body weight has fluctuated.
Here are some tips for pre-surgery that may help you speed up your recovery as well as make you more comfortable:
- Commit to your current weight until several weeks after surgery. It is essential to continue to consume an adequate amount of calories to support your overall energy level.
- Try moving your body every day depending on your fitness level. Even short daily walks will benefit you in the long run.
- Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages several weeks prior to surgery.
- Eliminate sugar free drinks that contain sugar alcohols (Equal, Splenda) as they can cause increase gas and bloating.
- Increase your fiber intake, which will promote healthy bowel movements.
- Strive for at least 8 (8-10oz) glasses a day. Adequate hydration is essential for your body to heal.
In order to heal properly, it is important that you choose a wide variety of nutrients to support tissue repair.
Essential nutrients include high quality:
Proteins: lean protein, poultry, fish and seafood, legumes, nuts and seeds
Carbohydrates: fruits and vegetables: organic if possible, whole grains: brown rice, quinoa,oats
Fats: expeller pressed oils: olive, canola, sunflower, organic butter, avocado, nut butter
Vitamins and Minerals including: vitamins C-D-A, calcium, zinc, iron
Every person has a different response to surgery. Being in the best possible health before surgery will assist with recovery and healing.
If you are unsure or question how to prepare for your surgery, please call the office of Dr. Mahesh and Jagruti Patel, Kaya Kalp Aesthetics and arrange a session with our qualified nutritionist and recovery coach, Mary Grazen-Browne. She will discuss the best approach for you, from support, supplementation, food prep and at home needs.
An integrated approach to healing is the best choice in being pro-active in your healing. Take time to cultivate healthy habits, not just due to surgery, but for a lifetime of healthier living.
Mary Grazen-Browne MEd. RHNP, CPHWC
Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Recovery Coach