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Pre-operative Dietary Recommendations

Pre-operative Dietary Recommendations

The healing after surgery places demands on the body’s resources beyond what is needed for the day to day living. This additional demand can be met from resources stored in the body, or nutrients added to the diet such as vitamins, minerals, amino-acids or foods or a combination of both body storage and suppliments. Both normal and delayed healing can greatly increase the demand on stored body resources and the use of supplements before and after surgery may be helpful.

To date there are not accurate ways of measuring the body’s resources. Having more resources than are needed is better than finding that there are not enough. Supplements are one of many ways to increase the body’s reserve for healing after surgery.

The following vitamins, mineral and amino acids may help the healing process. Start up to one week preoperatively and continue two weeks postoperatively as tolerated. (Best taken with meals)

Multi Vitamins without Iron once daily
Zinc (Picolinate) 30 mg
Vitamin E (Mixed Tocopherol) 200 I.U.
Vitamin C 1000 mg in morning and evening
Cod Liver Oil, Fish Oil 4 capsules
Chromium 100 mcg
Folic Acid 400mcg
B-12 1000-3000 mcg

To Increase Microcirculation:

B-3 Niacin/Niacinamide 100-200 mg 4-6 times a day (may cause flushing)
Arginine 500mg 3 grams twice a day

Dietary Focus Of:

Meat, eggs, dairy products, vegetables and fruit. The use of olive oil, high oleic safflower, high oleic sunflower oil or avocado oil for cooking. Flaxseed oil or canola oil not heated, (i.e., salad dressing) may be helpful. Fresh flaxseed meal would be an added resource. Chia may help.

Dietary Decrease Of:

Carbohydrates: pasta, beans, rice, lentils, bread, corn, potatoes, sugar, cereal. Also a decrease of vegetable oils, and avoiding hydrogenated vegetable oil (Crisco, commercial fry oils, margarine and other pre-packaged food) may also be helpful.