Pre and Postoperative Nutrition for Speedy Healing – Part Three

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In case you missed out on either part 1 or part 2, check out each blog for more of the back story.

As we got into week three post-surgery, mobility, movement and independence were all improving so quickly. As did the swelling. All over his leg from ankle to groin. It was easing after having acupuncture three times in the first two weeks.

Roger was still using crutches, standing tall and trying to make new muscle memories so that the habitual old walk that favoured his right knee, changed to moving with strength and straightness.

Week three meant it was time to have the staples removed. I was really keen to start slathering on healing creams, caster oil and more, however, the doctor said to wait a few days first. So we did.

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Pre and Postoperative Nutrition for Speedy Healing – Part Two

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Leaving the hospital after surgery is full of mixed feelings. The longing for a good night’s sleep in your own bed, no beeping from machines or hearing other patients and frequent visits from nurses and doctors. On the other hand, knowing that there’s someone at the end of the hall to ask if something doesn’t seem right; swelling, sweating, pain or tweaks, is reassuring!

Two days after knee replacement surgery, patients are sent home with a list of exercises, blood thinners, pain medication (morphine in this case), and notes on making appointments for physiotherapy and to see the surgeon in six weeks for the post-op check in.

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Pre and Postoperative Nutrition for Speedy Healing – Part One

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Surgery in any form is invasive and comes with risks. Whether it’s an elective surgery or emergency situation, what’s done before–if possible, and after can make a huge difference to how you feel and heal.

Two weeks ago, my partner had knee replacement surgery. He’s young to have it done, so is aware of doing everything right so that his replacement lasts as long as possible as they typically have a life of about 15 years. He’s going to live longer than 15 years!

He was a very willing patient with an openness to what I had planned and had researched to support his body to a speedy recovery.

 

 

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Is yogurt the best source of probiotics?

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Probiotics are “good” bacteria that survive digestion and reach our intestines. They can be found in fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, kombucha and a supplement; pill or powder. They’re a bit like water soluble vitamins – go in and do their job and then get excreted, although we don’t ever lose the billions that we have, a bunch go down the toilet with a bowel movement, so they need to be constantly replenished.

Antibiotics are a different story, they are after bacteria to kill off and while we want them to kill whatever bacteria is making us sick, they also kill our good bacteria or probiotics. Replenishing is key.

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