Healing Quickly After Surgery

Any kind of surgery is traumatic for your body. Demands on your body are higher during a recovery and healing process. A healthy, nutritious, well balanced diet packed full of vitamins, minerals, protein, vegetables and fruit will help you to prepare for surgery and have a fast recovery.

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Follow Your Doctor's Instructions

Pay close attention to the instructions your doctor gives you for a fast recovery. If your doctor told you to wait to shower or not to lift anything heavier than 5 pounds for several weeks, be sure to follow those and any other instructions for and optimal and quick recovery. Be sure to attend each of your follow up appointments so your doctor can ensure you are on track and healing properly. Ask any questions you may have so you can ensure you are caring for yourself properly. Ask your doctor how to clean your incision and change your gauze, how much pain you should expect, acceptable sleeping positions, when and what kind of exercise is acceptable, when you can do strenuous activities and when you should wean off your pain medication. Ask your doctor before taking any vitamins or supplements before or after surgery as some may interact with anesthesia or affect your healing process.

Prepare Your Home for Recovery

If you won't be able to reach items that are high up on shelves after surgery, move them lower where you can reach them before you go in for surgery. Move any furniture to allow you room for therapy exercises if applicable and to prevent any obstacles. If you need to sleep in a fixed position, arrange your bed so you can get some rest after surgery. A lap desk may help you with eating or doing activities in bed.

Reduce Stress

Surgery increases demands on your body. Stress lowers your immune system which is needed for a healthy recovery. Reduce stress and think positive thoughts for a quick recovery.

Keep Moving if Possible

In the weeks following your surgery, it is importatnt to keep moving if possible to help with your blood circulation and to prevent blood clots. Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions on when you can move and what kind of movements you can do. Walking after surgery can help to prevent constipation.

Prevent Infection

Keep your Incision clean and change your gauze as instructed by your physician. Wash your hands and be sure to avoid lakes and swimming pools which may expose you to germs and bacteria. Do not swim or submerge your incisions until your incisions are healed and your physician gives you approval.

Healing Foods and Drinks After Surgery

  • Water
  • Protein including chicken and eggs helps with wound healing
  • Pineapple (especially the core) is packed with Vitamin C and Bromelain

Vitamins That Help with Healing After Surgery

  • Bromelain (1,000 mg 3 times a day) breaks down proteins, is anti-inflammatory, helps with digestion and reduces recovery time.
  • Quercetin reduces inflammation by inhibiting the production of histamines
  • Vitamin C (2,500 mg) is used for your body to make connective tissue and speeds up wound healing.
  • Iron helps provide energy, helps your immune system and helps your blood and muscles to deliver oxygen.
  • B12 is required for your body to form red blood cells. It is also required for your cell metabolism, brain and nervous system.
  • Arnica Montana helps with swelling and inflammation.