Presurgery

Give your body the ‘right stuff’ so it can heal from the inside out. The following are suggestions.

STOP

gingko, ma huang, ephedra or even supervised weight loss medications. These products can dangerously stress your heart and they can also promote muscle loss rather than fat loss.

AVOID

aspirin products other than those prescribed by your doctor, garlic supplements and vitamin E in excess of 400 IUs (268 mg) a day. These products can reduce natural clotting needed during surgery.

AVOID

cigarettes and other nicotine products. Nicotine causes the blood vessels to spasm, which prevents nutrients from getting to the surgical wound. Even smokers who quit just before surgery heal better than those who continue to smoke.

AVOID

convenience foods, which are likely high in the chemicals your body does not want: sugars (refined carbohydrates) and unhealthy fats (saturated animal fats and trans fats). They are also likely to be low in quality protein and vitamins.

DO

Tune up chronic medical conditions. Diabetes, high blood pressure, gastritis, asthma, arthritis, thyroid imbalance and many other illnesses can interfere with healing. Your primary doctor or a nutrition specialist can assist you.

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Take a quality multiple vitamin.

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Get enough protein. Surgery increases the body’s protein needs by approximately 25%. Take 5 grams of glutamine powder daily 2 weeks before and after surgery. Glutamine is a quickly depleted and replacing it protects cells, especially the ‘gut’.

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List all your medications, over-the-counter tablets, creams, sprays, drops and nutraceuticals. Keep this list with you.

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Hydrate with water. Reduce consumption of sodas and coffee. Your body may experience withdrawal symptoms from sugar and caffeine.

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Request a flu shot, a pneumonia vaccine, a bone density test and pelvic exam as applicable.

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Eat as close to surgery as permitted.