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Nutrition to Help You Heal After Surgery

Nutrition to Help You Heal After Surgery
Nutrition to Help You Heal After Surgery

Positive surgical outcomes require good nutrition. Certain nutrients activate our immune system. Reducing inflammation and speeding up tissue repair is possible with the help of specific vitamins and minerals. Preparing your body before surgery can help you heal quickly.

Knowing how surgery affects your body is crucial. Various nutrients, including proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, contribute to our cellular needs. After surgery, you can improve your immune system by eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and minerals.

We have compiled a list of foods that you can add to your diet to help you heal after surgery:

Omega-3 fatty acids have natural anti-inflammatory agents. Eat these foods to benefit your healing on a cellular level:

  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Avocado
  • Nuts
  • Dark Leafy greens

Antioxidants boost our healing by neutralizing free radicals. Eating a diet rich in these foods will help you detox while recovering:

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Kale
  • Berries
  • Pecans
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes

Proteins after surgery are essential for muscle repair and energy. Eat iron-rich proteins such as:

  • Eggs
  • Beans and Lentils
  • Seafood
  • Poultry
  • Nuts

Whole Grains support your immune system, grains contain B vitamins essential for the healing process. Incorporate these foods to help with bowel health also:

  • Oatmeal
  • Buckwheat
  • Brown Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Whole grain Pasta

As our bodies recover from surgery, they work hard to repair themselves. When our bodies are fighting inflammation and fatigue, they need more energy. Proper nutrition can aid in a faster recovery and food is the best medicine.

Dr. Daneca DiPaolo is a highly-skilled, board-certified orthopedic surgeon and hand specialist located in Grenada, Mississippi. She offers the latest orthopedic techniques and provides quality, compassionate, state of the art orthopedic care.

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - AAOS
  • Mississippi State Medical Association
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand