Pre and Post Surgery Protocol
There are an estimated 50 million inpatient surgeries yearly in the US ranging from ACL reconstruction to hip replacement to GI surgery and beyond. This is a time that we have to 'surrender' somewhat to conventional medicine but we can also support the body pre and post surgery for best outcomes and a faster recovery using food-as-medicine and targeted nutritional supplementation.
Prior to surgery, some important areas to consider are:
- Assessment of risk: with your medical team, family or support team it is of course important to weigh out cost-benefit of any procedure and understand the risks, what you can do to prevent complications, what happens if you decline or delay surgery
- What pre-medications will be required such as antibiotics or blood thinners so that you can mitigate without interfering with goals/outcomes
- What type of fasting or special diet is required prior to surgery and how you can maximize nutritional status going into your procedure
- What will be needed for recovery and how you can have a plan in place for meal prep support, items to have on hand post procedure or pack in your hospital bag if staying overnight
- Are there any lifestyle changes that would support best outcomes such as quitting smoking, starting to exercise or losing weight
Pre-Op & Post-Op Protocol
If you have some lead time going into your surgery, it would be wise to start to prepare your body at least a few weeks ahead of time for best outcomes. This includes bringing in targeted anti-inflammatories to reduce pain and support reduced inflammation and healing as well as supplements to mitigate the impact of medications such as antibiotics and anesthesia.
Super Turmeric 1-2 twice daily with food* stop 48 hours prior to surgery
EPA DHA Extra 1-2 twice daily with food* stop 48 hours prior to surgery
Cellular Antiox 1 at rise, 1 mid day without food* if you will be going under anesthesia
*These are all part of our Anti-Inflammatory Bundle for savings!
Inflammazyme 2-3 at rise, 2-3 mid day, 2-3 at bed without food stop 48 hours prior to surgery
Rebuild Spectrum Probiotic 1 at bed starting 2 weeks prior if you will be taking antibiotics
Reset, Restore, Renew Detox Packs 1 at bed starting 2 weeks prior if you will be under anesthesia
How to shift your supplements post-op:
As soon as you feel well enough, you can start back on your supplements. Post-op will focus on reduction of inflammation, support for tissue recovery, wound healing and detox from anesthesia or any other medications you needed to take. The higher end of these ranges is recommended for at least 2 weeks.
Super Turmeric 1-2 three times daily with food, up to 6/day for pain/inflammation
EPA DHA Extra 1-2 twice daily with food, up to 4/day for pain/inflammation
Cellular Antiox 1 at rise, 1 mid day without food if anesthesia was needed
Inflammazyme 2-3 at rise, 2-3 mid day, 2-3 at bed without food (6-9/day for inflammation and tissue recovery)
Rebuild Spectrum Probiotic 1 at rise, 1 at bed
Reset, Restore, Renew Detox Packs 1 at rise, 1 at bed
Do I have to stop all supplements prior to a procedure?
Most surgeons and doctors will recommend holding all supplements for 48+ hours prior to a procedure so be sure to discuss with your trusted medical professional prior. For most surgeries, it would be important to hold any that have blood thinning effect. This includes Fish Oil, Turmeric, certain herbs like gingko and ginseng (found in our Adaptogen Boost).
If experiencing pre-surgery jitters or anxiety, consider adding on:
GabaCalm 1-2 as needed
Social CBD use code ALIMILLERRD 1 mL 1-3 times daily as needed
Supporting Your Body Through Anesthesia
Depending on the procedure, you may have local or general anesthesia. If undergoing general anesthesia, pay special attention to the recommendations for Cellular Antiox and Detox Packs above to help your body to detox after surgery. Certain genetic mutations can cause you to have a more difficult time detoxing after anesthesia. For those with a known MTHFR genetic mutation or prior adverse reaction, you may want to consider layering on:
- B Complex 1 at breakfast for at least 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks post anesthesia
- B-12 Boost 1 at rise for at least 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks post anesthesia
- 10 Day Detox using the Reset, Restore, Renew Detox Packs after your surgery
Additional Considerations for Specific Procedures
Colonoscopy Pre and Post Procedure:
For a colonoscopy, you will be on a clear liquid diet prior to your procedure. It is important to keep electrolytes balanced both prior and post. Bone broth, coconut water and gelatin gummies as long as not made with red juices can all fit into the clear liquid diet. Post-procedure, start with a light meal such as a smoothie made with Naturally Nourished Grassfed Whey or a bone broth based soup. These would also be considerations for those undergoing GI surgery.
- Redmond Real Salt use code ALIMILLERRD
- Fond Bone Broth use code ALIMILLERRD
- Further Food Gelatin use code ALIMILLERRD
- Lyte Balance Electrolyte Liquid
Take these in addition to your regular supplements for 2 weeks leading up to procedure. Hold supplements day of, then resume for at least 2 weeks afterward to support gut lining integrity and mircrobiome rebound.
- GI Lining 1 scoop at rise, 1 scoop at bed
- Targeted Strength Probiotic 1 at rise, 1 at bed
- Rebuild Spectrum Probiotic 1 at rise, 1 at bed
In addition to the pre and post op considerations above, consider adding on some antimicrobial support
- Herbal Immune 1 at rise, 1 mid day (no food) for 2 weeks prior and at least 2 weeks post procedure
- Berberine Boost 2 twice daily with food for 2 weeks prior and at least 2 weeks post procedure
- If bone is involved such as a dental implant, add OsteoFactors 1 three times daily with food
- Use Periobrite Mouthwash to disinfect the mouth
Orthopedic Surgery or Large Incision
- For a bone fracture or with known osteoporosis, osteopenia or osteoarthritis, add on OsteoFactors 1 three times daily with food and Vitamin D Balanced Blend 1/day with food
- For surgeries with large incisions, add GI Lining Support 1 scoop at rise, 1 scoop at bed as glutamine will support wound healing
- To prevent scarring and support connective tissue, add on Bio-C Plus 1-2 twice daily with food
Constipation is a common side effect of pain medications and can be worsened if not able to get up and move your body. Ensure adequate fluid and electrolyte support and consider:
Food-as-Medicine For Surgery Recovery
Nutritional Status is especially important going into a surgical procedure, in fact it is estimated that up to 40% of acutely hospitalized patients are malnourished.
A ketogenic diet can be incredibly supportive of surgical outcomes as it is muscle sparing and can support favorable body composition.
- Consider our 12 week Ketosis Program as a great way to support yourself prior and post.
Ensure adequate protein! Up to 2g/kg is needed for wound healing so if you have a large incision you may need to significantly increase your protein intake.
- Use Naturally Nourished Grassfed Whey at 1-2 scoops daily in smoothies and shakes
- Make protein muffins as a quick grab option that will pack in calories and protein for those with low appetite such as these Blueberry Banana Muffins
- Have whole food protein bars on hand such as Perfect Bar
Support Connective Tissue with collagen, gelatin and bone broth! This is helpful for virtually any procedure
- Fond Bone Broth use code ALIMILLERRD this is shelf stable so could be brought to a hospital or added to a care package! Sip on 1-2 cups of bone broth daily, more if having GI surgery or feeling queasy and unable to eat.
- Further Food Collagen & Gelatin use code ALIMILLERRD use 2-3 scoops collagen in coffee, tea, smoothies or shakes to aid in connective tissue repair and support joints, tendons, ligaments and skin. Make gelatin gummies such as these lemon lime gummies which will support electrolyte status and have added Vitamin C
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