Are you preparing for surgery?

The outcome of your surgery including healing the healing process can be directly linked to a healthy preparation and run up to your surgery. Patients will often ask about taking Arnica to reduce bruising but bypass the direct influencers of the healing process by not preparing well in advance for the surgery that they are about to undertake.

Following surgery there is often swelling, bruising, redness, scars and sometimes reduced movement and mobility.

Following a healthy regime beforehand and adding certain supplements can minimise many aspects of recovery. So much so that the Harley Street Skin Clinic has formatted a regime or pre-op preparation that will help you to balance your health during your post-op recovery phase.

preparing for surgery

So, what are the key features nutritionally?

  1. Drink plenty of water including a glass of water approximately 30 minutes before eating
  2. Eat more fruit and vegetables than you would normally would
  3. Eat slightly more protein and slightly less carbohydrates than you normally would
  4. Do not diet
  5. Eat smaller amounts and eat more regularly than you normally would, eating something healthy including snacks every 4-5 hours
  6. Minimise your alcohol intake
  7. Stop smoking and ideally vaping
  8. Try to fit schedule at least 30 minutes walking or exercise into each day preferably outdoors
  9. Make sure you get plenty of sleep
  10. Avoid taking Aspirin and non specific anti-inflammatory medications for 7-10 days. You will be given individual and specific instructions about medication that you have been prescribed. This screening will take place during your consultation process.

So, what supplements will help?

There is a whole list of supplements to avoid before surgery and this is usually given to patients as part of the surgical pack. Most supplements act as blood thinners and it is therefore essential to avoid these for at least three weeks beforehand.

Supplements that may help you during your pre-op preparation and postop recovery are:

  1. Arnica
  2. Bromelain
  3. Vitamin A + C
  4. B – Vitamins
  5. Zinc
  6. Selenium
  7. Copper

If you have found this blog helpful and would like to know more why not contact the clinic on 01737 247246

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