Regardless of the surgery you have chosen to undertake, it can have traumatic after effects on your body. This isn’t to say that you won’t recover, however the length of time it takes to regain full mobility can be associated with your fitness levels.
If your recovery period is longer, you will be restricted when it comes to your lifestyle choices, social meetings or even when you can safely go back to work.
Every individual reacts differently to surgery however you can improve your recovery by sticking to a health and fitness routine in the months that lead up to it.
Surgery is trauma to the body and when your body endures stress your immune system can go into overdrive. Not to mention the medications and anaesthetics that can interfere with your usual body makeup.
So what is the best way to get fit for surgery?
Weight and Daily Activity
Let’s start with your weight and daily activity levels. For a patient looking to undergo breast surgery we advise that you try your best to reach your optimum weight. This will help you to avoid post surgery weight loss that can effect your results.
If you are an active person, your heart and lungs are likely to be working more efficiently. We advise exercising 4-5 times a week and aiming for 30 minutes of movement on your off days. Even a simple walk around the block is one step closer to a speedier recovery period.
Exercise has also been proven to release mood-enhancing endorphins. These endorphins can help to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and strengthens muscle tone.
To make sure you are fit for surgery be sure to get active at least 6 weeks in advance. Although, we should be active throughout our lives to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Diet and Nutrition
Protein is crucial for helping your body to develop new tissue. We advise maintaining your daily protein intake in the lead up to your surgery to help your recovery period. You also need iron to make haemoglobin. This is the protein that carries oxygen around your body which helps the healing process.
Fruit and vegetable are extremely important in a healthy diet, and more importantly less processed foods! Foods that are high in vitamin C are beneficial as they help to boost your immune system. A healthy immune system will help to speed up your recovery period and fight off potential infection.
Finally, try to avoid alcohol for at least one month in the lead up to your surgery. Alcohol can put your liver under stress which means that any drugs you are given may not be absorbed properly. It goes without saying that smoking is also a definite no no!
All the best with your upcoming surgery! Please feel free to book a consult with DR Mark Hanikeri should you have any surgical queries or want to discuss your surgical options.
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