ANGELA’S ANGELS HOME HEALTH AGENCY

There is no diet to adhere to  before or after the procedure but it is important to maintain a healthy and

nutritious diet to ensure the best possible results and maximize  a speedy recovery. Its important to

follow your surgeon’s instructions and maintain good health in the days and weeks prior to the procedure.

Preparation

The doctor will ask you to stop all medications and supplements including aspirin, herbal supplements

and anti inflammatory  that could increase bleeding.

For those who smoke stop at least two weeks prior to the procedure.

Smoking increase the chances of complications, including heart attack and stroke . It also decreases blood flow and heightens the chance of infection.

No crash diets. Maintain your weight prior to the procedure by sticking to a healthy diet. Trying to lose 10 to 15 pounds prior to the procedure can lead to complications

Vitamin C rich fresh fruits and vegetables like kiwi, kale, guavas, parsley and broccoli are just some of the foods that  should be added to your diet. Studies show that Vitamin C speeds up recovery time  for bone  fractures, diabetic wounds and  the healing process of surgical wounds and of course abdominoplasty.

Avoid Processed foods and  minimize carbohydrate intake  since they can  increase inflammation. So try to cut back on breads, rice, pasta and potatoes. Also avoid foods high in sugar  including  sugar sweetened beverages which can cause swelling and a spike in blood sugar and has been shown to  increase inflammation.

Add Omega 3 rich foods including mackerel, salmon , chai seeds, turmeric root and walnuts  to fight inflammation.

 Electrolyte rich drinks  two or three days prior to the procedure have been shown to help prepare your body for the procedure such as Smart water, Gatorade,  Powerade,  and Pedialyte can

be added.

During this time its so important that you prepare not only for the procedure but also the period during which you recover.  Remember high protein and low fat foods are the key to a great recovery.

Prepare and freeze high protein low fat meals so that you and your care givers  just need to reheat or microwave meals. Also remember no one can cook like you.  You  should also have high protein shakes on hand because there are times when you don’t feel like eating solid foods for several hours or even days.

Similar to the pre surgical diet, make sure you get  enough Vitamin C, Omega 3 while staying away from foods high in sugar and sodium. Your daily intake  should be high in protein, so eat fresh eggs, almonds, chicken breast, cottage cheese and lean beef and fish as well as peas and beans,  Incorporate  fruits and vegetables and whole grains.

ALWAYS………………

  1. Consult your doctor before changing your diet. He knows what’s the best meal plans for your body to ensure that you do everything  to ensure the optimal results and enjoy  a smooth and speedy recovery.
  2. Amnesia  takes time to wear off. Be careful with quickly resuming activities like driving or daily activities of living. Your reaction time  is going to be slower
  3. Make arrangements in advance for help at home that will allow you to focus on healing so you don’t have to worry about getting medication or something  out of the fridge.
  4. Assign different  responsibilities  to the people who are your support system to do these things:

. Grocery shopping

. Picking up prescriptions

. Meal preparation

. Paying bills

. Caring for pets

. Housework

  • Get detailed instructions about wound care, medications or symptoms to watch for. Some patients suffer from what’s  called “threshold amnesia”. Once they walk out the hospital door, they forget doctors’ and the nurses’ directions and have trouble understanding the discharge documents.
  • Keep up your spirits.Having any surgery is challenging and the road to recovery can be rough and your ability to do anything physical is limited. Listen to music… look at funny movies… get a few good books…… stocking up on puzzles and games…. Chatting with old friends….art…crafts or a project you always wanted to do. Depression is common after surgery so look out for  signs of depression and reach out to a professional for help.

Like a butterfly  you will emerge out of the cocoon of surgery stronger, beautiful and ready to taste the nectar of your world again.

I hope this article will help as you embark on your journey of recovery…….

Thank you for your time and best of luck.

Ruth

CEO

Angela’s Angels Home Health Agency

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