The outcome of surgical procedures is improved and complications reduced in healthy individuals compared to those whose nutritional status is questionable. Selective supplementation before and after surgery can improve the recovery rate and reduce the risk of complications.
Risk factors for Upcoming Surgical Procedure
Not having having surgery soon
Recommendations for Upcoming Surgical Procedure
Probiotic use before surgery can be helpful in maintaining a healthy colonic flora if antibiotics are going to be used after your surgery. Do not use probiotics without your doctor’s approval if your immune system is seriously compromised.
The use of Siberian Ginseng before surgery may be helpful because it strengthens the body to better withstand stress, such as the surgical procedure you will be undergoing.
Feverfew may interfere with blood clotting and increase the risk of bleeding.
Echinacea may interfere with wound healing and could possibly lead to liver inflammation when combined with certain drugs.
Goldenseal before surgery may cause complications by increased swelling or increased blood pressure.
Large doses of ginger may increase the risk of bleeding, but can be useful after surgery to control nausea. Please check with your doctor.
St. John’s wort may intensify the effects of anesthetic medications and interfere with the metabolism of some drugs used before and after surgery.
Large amounts of garlic may increase the risk of bleeding by thinning your blood.
Valerian might increase or prolong the effects of anesthesia.
High doses of licorice may elevate blood pressure or promote an electrolyte imbalance from potassium loss.
Prolonged use or large doses of kava may increase the effects of anesthesia or contribute to liver problems.
Ginkgo biloba may increase the risk of bleeding and should be stopped at least 2 days prior to surgery.
Ephedra may cause heartbeat irregularities and problems with blood pressure and/or heart rate.
Panax ginseng, also called Chinese ginseng, could increase the risk of bleeding and interfere with anticlotting medications. It has also been linked to rapid heart beat and elevated blood pressure in a surgical setting. Low blood sugar is also a potential risk.
Making sure that your protein consumption has been adequate before and after surgery can hasten recovery. Some people even use supplemental amino acids just to be sure.
Bromelain has been clinically proven to reduce tissue swelling and speed healing when used after trauma events like boxing or surgery.
If you are under the care of a homeopath, ask about homeopathic arnica, a classic first aid remedy to reduce bruising and swelling after surgery. Homeopathic arnica as well as arnica cream should be available in your local health food store.
If blood tests show your adrenal gland reserves are very low, your doctor may consider the use of natural cortisol during and after a stressful procedure like surgery. Before surgery, you should confirm that adrenal fatigue is not a problem if you suspect it may be.
If you are going to have heart or gum surgery, consider adding CoQ10 (100mg BID) before and after surgery.
Caution is advised regarding Vitamin E due to its blood thinning ability. A general recommendation would be to keep your dose below 800 IU per day and dropping it even further starting several days before surgery. Your doctor or presurgical nurse may have a specific recommendation regarding Vitamin E for you before your surgery.
|Very strongly or absolutely counter-indicative|
|May do some good|
|Likely to help|
|May have adverse consequences|