Surgery and Nutrition

The following are lifestyle and dietary recommendations for the patient who is recovering from surgery. The trauma of surgery is expensive for the body’s nutrient reserves. One needs to remember to put back the nutrients that the body has used during surgery and the stress leading up to it. The body’s needs for nutrients increases ten fold when it is recovering from the trauma of surgery.

Lifestyle Recommendations

  1. Practice good sleep habits and get between 8-9 hours of sleep a night
  2. Ask your doctor which medications should and should not be taken after surgery
  3. Do not exercise without permission from your physician
  4. Avoid or reduce stress and extra obligations

Dietary Recommendations

  1. Avoid all high sugar foods and also avoid foods where sugar is listed as one of the first three ingredients, because sugar suppresses the immune system.
  2. It is important to consume adequate amounts of antioxidants, which can be obtained daily through 5-9 servings of vegetables/fruit.
  3. Balance intake of fish (contains omega 3’s which thin the blood) and red meat (contains arachidonic acid which acts in an opposite manner).
  4. Drink at least 64 ounces of filtered, bottled or non-chlorinated water every day.
  5. Avoid or limit caffeine, alcohol and other potentially neurotoxic compounds like aspartame and MSG.
  6. In case of GI surgery, ease fiber back into your diet slowly but consistently.

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