Have you ever had to undergo surgery ? I have experienced a few surgeries in my life for different reasons. Last December for example, I had a rather deep (yet benign) cyst on my left foot surgically removed. I feel grateful for advancements in surgical procedures to greatly improve one’s quality of life, or potentially even save lives.
Currently, I am healing up nicely from a minor ingrown toenail surgery (so happy to have this taken care of) ! I know of many circumstances when surgery has significantly improved quality of life, and also the exact opposite. Of course, there can be possible risks when going under the knife including infection, poor wound healing, severe pain, sepsis, and more. In my private practice, I help patients prepare for surgery and offer interventions for post surgical pain reduction. There are a few key points to keep in mind when assessing your surgical risk factors:
- ) Politely ask your surgeon about their infection rate: Feel comfortable and confident with your surgeon, inquire about how experienced they are with the particular procedure you are undergoing. I also like to ask the infection rate of the entire hospital or clinic in general.
- ) Make sure your nutrition is optimal and you have a healthy immune system before undergoing surgery. This can help prepare your body quicker and easier tissue recovery! The body requires adequate amounts of zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin A for healing incisions.
- ) Eat high
fibrefoods after surgery to ensure easy bowel movements; pain medications which are often prescribed may cause constipation Plan ahead and ask your partner, family member, or a friend for assistance during the first 2-3 days
- ) Prepare healthy and nourishing meals a day or two prior and have them ready for when you are hungry post surgery.
6) Consult with your integrative medicine practitioner to put together a specific healing protocol to ensure speedy recovery! From experiencing quite a few surgeries myself, I have definitely learned A LOT about surgical recovery over the past years! Frequently, i’ll prescribe homeopathic remedies and herbs
7) Make your house nice and tidy, turn it into a healing oasis! Have your personal items easy to access, along with any prescriptions or wound care items.
8) Carefully listen to your surgeons recommendations
9) Fully understand all of the risks and benefits of your procedure, don’t let any questions go unanswered.
10) If antibiotics are required, you may want to consider using a high quality probiotics to nourish the microbiome and gut flora.
Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine can have positive effects on the bodies recovery process from surgery. I also use Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) to reduce post surgical pain and inflammation. PEMF stimulates cellular and nerve repair, increases tissue oxygenation, and blood circulation. I know first hand the effectiveness of this therapy and this particular use, it does work quite well for post surgical recovery! Acupuncture, homeopathic remedies, and moxibustion can also be very helpful for post surgical recovery.
With my ambitious health coaching clients, I set them up with specific “surgery recovery kits” so they know exactly how to deal with a variety of potential scenarios when it comes to surgeries, and to increase their chances of a flawless recovery. It’s important to be pro active and gain knowledge in specific areas of our health, especially if you are a mother or raising a family, or know that you will undergo a surgery at some point!
Contact me today if you foresee a surgical procedure for yourself or a loved one! I would love set you up with the best potential outcomes and flawless recovery