Secrets to Anxiety Free Surgery
With Optimal Surgical Results
Surgery is a huge stress on the body and if your body is not healthy prior to surgery, recovery can compromise overall health for years.
Annually over 50 million inpatient surgeries and over 35 million outpatient surgeries are performed in the US.
Before considering optimizing surgical recovery an important concept to understand is that many of these surgeries can be avoided with nonsurgical healing approaches (eg gall bladder flushing and decongestion can preempt many surgical gall bladder removals resulting in vastly improved long term health).
Surgery nevertheless is necessary and preferred in specific circumstances.
Many doctors performing surgeries will ignore the preparation before surgery and the post-surgical recovery. Yet, health oriented surgical preparation and recovery will not only enhance surgical results but minimize anxiety and post-surgical symptoms. This will ultimately improve a patient’s overall health and justify a surgical procedure.
The following are scientifically proven methods to dramatically improve surgical results while allowing the patient to sail through surgery.
Before Surgery Nutrition:
65% of surgical patients have demonstrated they are malnourished (Deren M., JBJS Reviews) while hospital food is notoriously lacking in nutrition. The patient must take responsibility for their pre and post- surgical nutrition.
Proper nutrition and nutrient absorption gives the body the building blocks to recover and repair from surgery.
- A diet high in proteins, vegetables, nuts, seeds and fish but low in carbohydrates. This is a ketogenic diet.
- Proteins should include whey protein, eggs and pea protein for immunity and tissue repair
- Improve digestion with digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid and oils
Begin this diet 2 weeks before surgery.
A new study (Brigham’s Hospital, Boston) shows better recovery with a protein drink 1-2 hours before surgery rather than fasting before surgery, aka NPO. This helps with managing anxiety and better control of blood sugar levels.
Supplements before and after Surgery:
- Broad Spectrum or multi vitamins
- Probiotics for good bacteria to overcome infections and to counter the damage from the inevitable antibiotics post- surgical
- Vitamin C and glutathione (IV) pre and post-surgical for the tissue damage from free radicals created during surgery
- Liver cleansing herbs and drainage remedies to improve the detoxification of anesthetics and other toxins
- CoQ10 should be taken pre and post-surgery for heart health and better circulation. Studies (Makhija, N) show patients taking CoQ10 have shorter hospital stays with fewer complications
- Immune enhancers including NAC, Astragalus and chlorella
Minimizing Pre-Surgical Anxiety:
- L-theanine for anxiety and better sleep
- GABA for anxiety and relaxation- 200-300mg twice a day
- Bach Flower Rescue Remedy for anxiety and depression
- 5 HTP the precursor for serotonin for depression- 3 times per day
Anxiety produces cortisol the stress hormone which interferes with healing. The less anxiety (lower cortisol) the better the overall healing.
Post- Surgical Healing:
- Arnica for decreasing swelling and pain- take for one week post- surgical
- Glucosamine and MSM for improved joint and orthopedic surgical healing and detoxification
- Glutamine to heal the gut in gastroenterology surgery
- Zinc for better wound healing (25 mg or more per day)
- Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids for better healing with less inflammation
- Chlorella, spirulina for bowel health and less constipation
- Liver and kidney drainage remedies (homeopathics and herbs) to improve overall detoxification
Countering Bed Sores:
Longer convalescence requiring long times in bed many times will result in bed sores. These are not only uncomfortable but also dangerous to overall health.
- Manuka honey topically for healing and to counter infections
- Vitamin C (1000-3000 mg three times per day), Zinc and Arginine (an amino acid for better healing of sores). These should be taken orally.
Oxygen therapies (eg Ozone or hydrogen peroxide) will be highly effective for infections. These are effective either IV or topically.
Stop the following prior to surgery:
- Ginkgo Biloba
- Fish Oils
- Vitamin E (if more than 400mg)
These supplements will increase clotting time which is undesirable during and post-surgical.
Finally, detoxification with saunas, chlorella, colon hydrotherapy (avoid with colon surgeries for at least one month) and massage will help in overall healing and tissue recovery while removing residual anesthetic.
You may have to be proactive about these measures to improve surgical outcomes. If your surgeon / MD recommends avoiding these products and strategies it is best to find a MD who will be onboard with your desire to improve your healing from the upcoming surgery while feeling less anxious about the entire event.