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What Is the Best Nutrition Plan Before and After Surgery?

Posted on August 24, 2016 by: Dr. Rocheford

You’ve finally done it. You’ve scheduled your plastic surgery procedure with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Heather Rocheford at Rocheford Plastic Surgery.  You can’t wait to embrace your newfound body, whether it’s with an abdominoplasty procedure or a breast augmentation.

But before you start counting down the days to your plastic surgery procedure, consider this – there are steps you can take to prepare your body for the best pre- and post-op surgical experience.

Why Nutrition Matters

Nutrition plays an important role in keeping your body healthy and strong, especially when going into surgery.  Swelling, bruising, and even exhaustion levels can all be influenced by your nutrition; therefore, the better your nutrition, the more likely it is that you’ll quickly recover from your surgery, as well as minimize any swelling and bruising associated with the procedure.

At Rocheford Plastic Surgery, Dr. Rocheford works with each patient ensure they have optimized nutrition that prepares them for the best possible post-op recovery.  These recommendations tend to include the following:

  • Maintain your levels of glucose before the surgery, particularly if you’re diabetic. If sugar levels are too high, it can impair wound healing and increase the risk for an infection.
  • Increase the amount of vitamins you’re taking both before and after the surgical procedure; however, avoid taking vitamin E and fish oil, as it can increase your risk of bleeding.
  • Eat plenty of carbs the day before the surgery (it’s the best advice ever!). Surgery is similar to running a marathon, which means you need to load up on carbs to keep your energy levels steady.

Post-Op Nutritional Plans at Rocheford Plastic Surgery

During your consultation, Dr. Rocheford will work with you to develop a nutrition plan that suits your specific surgery and post-op recovery. Schedule a plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Rocheford at Rocheford Plastic Surgery in Woodbury, MN today.  Rocheford Plastic Surgery serves the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul metro areas.

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