Surgery, Before and After

Surgery – Preparing and Recovery

Emergency operations save lives from problems such as a bursting appendix or severe accidents. Even if the effects of an illness seem serious or surgery is necessary, it is good practice to inform yourself fully about the possible consequences. Take time to think about what you are getting into and what you really want. Every operation carries risks.

Only rarely is it a true solution to a problem. Hysterectomies have often been performed in the past for problems related to hormonal imbalances and many tonsils have been removed without any reason whatsoever. Their removal leaves the body less able to cope with disease. For these reasons, surgery should never be perceived as routine, or as prevention, but should be taken very seriously. If you have made the choice that surgery is necessary then there are a number of preparations that support the body’s recovery and reduce convalescence times.

There are a few simple reasons why some people recover better from operations than others. Being psychologically prepared for surgery can speed recovery significantly. Hysterectomies or the removal of a breast are prime examples of surgery that have strong psychological impacts. The result of the operation may not have been what was expected, often due to lack of information and misunderstanding from poor communication between doctor and patient. Many people do not make an effort to really understand the consequences of an operation out of fear.

In other cases, the problem is physical. Many older people experience low resilience and find recovery difficult and slow. This is also true for young people who are run-down and suffers from a depressed immune system. Complications make the operation more risky. The Anesthesia can be problematic for some people, causing mental distractedness or nausea and vomiting afterwards. After an operation it is important to take the time for recovery and use suitable therapies to hasten convalescence.

Preparing for surgery

To prepare for a surgery, build up the body’s resilience and immunity by detoxifying the body with a juice fast approximately one month before the operation. Eat vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
Drink lots of liquids, including fresh carrot, celery and nettle juices to fortify the blood.

Foods & Supplements to aid recovery after surgery

After the operation and during convalescence, the body needs high-quality proteins to rebuild tissues.
Quest Vitamin B12 500ug (60 Tablets)Plant proteins
are the best choice. Tofu is excellent for rebuilding the body. It contains all the essential amino acids and other valuable nutrients including the essential fatty acids.

Fish is also a high-quality protein food, and a good source of Vitamin B12 and calcium, needed to rebuild blood cells.

Supplements can strengthen the body and support the immune system against infections.
Vitamin C is excellent for fighting infection and should be taken before and after surgery.

Acidophilus is often necessary, especially if antibiotics have been used, which always are used to prevent infection. Take before and after the operation to ensure quick recovery.

alus Siberian Ginseng ElixirAfter the operation it is wise to take Ginseng for at least one month to speed recovery. If you suffer from high blood pressure or diabetes and are unable to take ginseng, then try Astragalus or Reishi mushrooms to aid convalescence.
A good strength multivitamin along with the Ginseng or Astragalus will cover all bases in ones recovery.

To limit scarring use Vitamin E oil or cream or Rosehip oil directly on the scar.


David Foley
Medical Herbalist