Surgical procedures are becoming more and more a part of life.  This is both a blessing and a curse.  The blessing being that we have advanced medicine to the point that we can improve the livelihood of mistakes, accidents, genetics, and difficult situations.   The challenge however, is that once you have a surgical procedure, you will never, ever be the same.  Surgeries permanently change our anatomy and our biomechanics.  This is the undeniable fact of any surgery and any surgery recovery.  This however does not mean that you can’t have a life of health and happiness, it just means that you have a new, and different 100% available.  

This begs the question then, how can one recover from having a surgical procedure with the best results possible?  In this article, I will share 3 tips on optimizing your surgery recovery.  The 3 tips I will lay out for those that are candidates have to do with information, nutrition, and movement.  

First I want to discuss the kinds of information you receive.  Most of you will have more than enough information at your fingertips to overwhelm you.  Friends and family have their personal experiences and advice that they offer, free of charge.  The Internet has every blog, video clip, and article cataloged for your eyes to find.  I would urge you however to put together a team of individuals you choose to trust.  The physician you choose and the rehab team you contract with should be your best sources of information and instruction.  Each has their expertise and focus.  You have to understand that usually your physician and physical therapist have seen hundreds of the procedure you are having and can share their knowledge and expertise with you.

Second is nutrition.  This is so important when it comes to surgery recovery.  Now there are so many options today for an individual to go so lets keep it somewhat simple in this article.  The big things I want to highlight are calories and inflammation control.  Even though you aren’t working out your body is still doing its best to heal as fast as it can.  Restricting calories will only slow that process immensely.  Therefore eating enough is very important!  It is however, eating enough of the right things that will improve the healing, and allow the body to develop properly.  We are, most definitely, what we eat, therefore if we feed our body poorly, the soft tissue you develop will be poor, and your surgery recovery will not be optimal.

We also want to do our best to control inflammation with our nutrition.  You are most likely taking medication to control inflammation along with incorporating icing techniques as well.  However if you can incorporate inflammation control from a nutrition level, you’ll be very surprised how well the body responds.  Eating a balanced diet is most certainly key, however concentrating on getting as many green, leafy veggies and one-ingredient foods as possible is so important.  Adding a smoothie to your regimen can go along way and be an easy, delicious addition.  Being sure to include quality sources of hemp seeds, flax, and chia seeds along with bioavailable turmeric are easy additions to any shake.  Fruits such as pineapples, banana, and berries are also fantastic additions to your nutrition plan.  There are several supplements that can aide in your healing as well.  One of the single best supplements I know of to improve surgery recovery is called Joint Health by Core Health Products.  It is stuffed full of quality soft tissue recovery ingredients to reduce inflammation, improve joint function, minimize scar tissue, and promote healing.  Not all supplements are created equal.  This is one of the best.  You can find it online at CoreHealthProducts.com or at the Fischer Institute.

And last but not least, movement!  This may be the most misunderstood component of a quality recovery.  Our body’s respond to movement.  We are designed to move.  The ones that move the most and the best tend to have higher quality of life then those that do not.  Now with a surgery this can be counterintuitive.  However I refer you to the first topic of this article.  Learn and know your restrictions, then get creative.  Keep it within reason, knowing that your body’s focus is healing from the surgery not from your workout!  If you just had a shoulder procedure, there are options to sit and pedal on a stationary bike.  If you had a back procedure, just getting up and walking can go a long ways. If you’ve had a knee or hip procedure a pool, arm bike, or the upper body part of a row machine is an option.  You’re just looking to get blood moving, get your heart rate up little, and get new oxygen into your system.  Be smart though; do NOT risk compromising your procedure with your recovery protocol.      

Surgery is not a death sentence.  We are blessed to live in a time where we have the ability to take advantage of these amazing individuals and technology that give us our lives back.  Therefore we want you to have every advantage possible in making to restoring your life.  Be sure to ask your physical therapist or physician before making any of these changes to your current recovery.  Recover Better, Be Better, Faster!

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