Successful Surgery Recovery

Filed Under: General Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

About six months before my scheduled hip surgery, I started to “train” for it, much as I trained for wrestling matches during my athletic heyday. Here’s the 5-step plan I followed:

Step 1: Think Positive. Recovery from surgery starts in the mind. Rather than getting down, I reframed everything for myself, the same way I encourage my patients to do. I visualized a scenario of total success. I thought about coming out of surgery and walking the very first day. And that’s just what happened.

Step 2: Get Fit. Surgery recovery will go much more smoothly if you’re in good physical condition. I exercised every day, incorporating Pilates, stretching, and strength training so I would be well conditioned going into surgery and have the greatest possible chance for a successful outcome.

Step 3: Eat Right. My pre-surgery diet looked very much like my normal healthy diet of lean protein, whole grains, and lots of vegetables and fruit.

Step 4: Supplement Smart. My regular supplement routine consists of my daily multivitamin and mineral formula; the Awesome Foursome of CoQ10 (200 mg), broad-spectrum carnitine (1 g), magnesium (200 mg), and ribose (5 g); and my anti-inflammatory supplement program that includes fish oil (2 g), bromelain (100 mg twice a day), 3 tablets of Wobenzym digestive enzymes, and nattokinase (100 mg). A couple of months before the surgery, I doubled my vitamin D intake to 10,000 IU daily to strengthen my immune system and bones.

A week before my surgery, I stopped taking my fish oil, multivitamin/mineral complex, and nutritional anti-inflammatories due to the possibility of thinning my blood too much during recovery from surgery. But, my surgeon, anesthesiologist, and I agreed that I should continue with my CoQ10 right up until the surgery. I also continued to sleep grounded, as I do every night.

Step 5: Balance Mind, Body, and Spirit. Before my surgery, I also listened to The Surgery Companion, a CD program by Dr. Olga Stevko and her husband Mitchell Stevko, which employs mind-body techniques used by the Mayo Clinic and other top hospitals to promote successful surgery by making patients feel more positive about surgery, reduce pain, and speed healing.

To learn more about my five-step plan for successful surgery recovery, visit my Web site. If you would like to the whole story of my journey through hip replacement surgery, check out the September 2010 issue of my newsletter, Heart, Health & Nutrition.

And to see pictures of my recovery from hip replacement surgery and to share what worked for you, join me on Facebook.

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