Why You Should Consider A Multivitamin Before Surgery
When you are about to undergo surgery, you are usually given a pre-operation checklist for certain things to do or avoid as you prepare for your procedure.
This can include things like a round of preemptive antibiotics, not eating certain foods or fasting 12-24 hours before your surgery, etc.
It’s important to take your surgeon’s advice while you’re preparing for your surgery. Not only are surgeons skilled enough to understand the science behind these procedures, they are also experts in the science behind healing. Nutrition is a key factor in repairing tissues affected by surgery, and starting a supplement regimen is a great way to make sure your body is optimized and ready to begin the healing process.
The healing process after your surgery centers on the building of collagen – which is the main component in many tissues, such as your skin, tendons, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, blood vessels, bone, and more.
Basically, any tissue that can be affected by surgery – “surgically traumatized tissue” – needs collagen to rebuild. The production of collagen, and the overall healing process, happens in three stages after surgery:
- Inflammatory phase (up to 5 days): Right after surgery, the body forms a blood clot to stop bleeding. Infection-fighting cells and debris-cleaning cells are sent to the surgical site. Redness, swelling, and inflammation ensues.
- Proliferative phase (2 days – 3 weeks): Fibroblasts, specialized collagen-forming cells, start building tissue at the surgical site.
- Remodeling phase (3 weeks – beyond): Over time, the body slowly replaces the collagen that was initially formed at the surgical site with stronger collagen – to strengthen the tissue at the surgical site and promote better function over time.
Without proper nutrition, this healing process can take longer and may even encounter complications. A balanced diet, including essential vitamins and minerals, is extremely important for your healing experience to go smoothly. This is why many surgeons will recommend a multivitamin or specialized supplement regimen before and after surgery.
The right amount and combination of supplements can greatly impact your surgical recovery in a positive way. But you shouldn’t start a supplement regimen without guidance.
While most supplements should be safe and beneficial to take as you’re preparing for surgery, there are some supplements that could actually harm your recovery process.
For example, certain herbal supplements and over-the-counter drugs can reduce your body’s ability to clot blood – an essential component of a smooth recovery. Other supplements can interact negatively with other medications your surgeon may recommend for your healing process.
Your doctor would be more than happy to recommend certain vitamins and minerals to promote healing, and can tell you which supplements to avoid or discontinue while leading up to surgery. You should bring up supplements during your pre-op consultation to make sure there are no delays, as it can take a week or more for any medications to fully leave your system.
For tips on post-surgery recovery, read our blog about why active physical therapy is often a better choice for recovery than bed rest: Recovery And Rehabilitation.
If your doctor prescribes many different vitamins and minerals, your pre- and post-op supplement routine can get expensive, and complicated, very quickly. It’s far easier to carefully choose an inclusive multivitamin and have your doctor confirm that none of the ingredients would interfere with your procedure.
In her years of practice, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner found herself prescribing many different supplements and multivitamins to help her patients prepare for surgery. She specializes in surgical procedures impacting the foot – which contains nearly one-fourth of all bones in the human body. The foot is a complex, flexible structure that contains bones, joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments… all working together to enable movement and balance.
For procedures as high-stakes as these, she believes that proper preparation is essential for ideal outcomes for her patients.
This is why she created a multi to support the connective tissue in your body.
It contains highly fortified ingredients ideal for pre- and post-surgery recovery, including Calcium Citrate, Magnesium Oxide, Full Spectrum Hemp Powder, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid),Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), Zinc Gluconate, and more.
These ingredients work best together – while each is a necessary supplement on its own, together they pack a powerful punch.
Full Spectrum Hemp Powder
Hemp interacts naturally with your endocannabinoid system to add a long-lasting anti-inflammatory, tons of antioxidants, and a pain-relieving component.
Vitamin C promotes proper collagen formation and helps with wound healing, supports the joints, and contributes to healthy bones & teeth.
Calcium Citrate helps promote healthy bone growth, and is integral to nerve signaling & muscle contractions.
Vitamin D3 aids in your body’s ability to absorb calcium and supports nerve health. Important to almost every human system.
Magnesium Oxide also regulates magnesium levels to reduce muscle cramps, fortifies the bones, and is essential for nerve and muscle function.
Zinc Gluconate is an awesome assistant for wound healing and connective tissue - and also promotes tissue growth and development.
Promoting balance + health at a cellular level is key to maintaining function for many years to come, and recovering from any procedures you may need in the future.
Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.
She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.
At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:
- Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
- Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
- Fill the gaps in our daily diets
- Manage pain associated with inflammation
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