Post-Op Nutrition

Post-op Nutrition

Nutrition After Surgery

We have tremendous power over our health, destiny and longevity, and it all begins with proper nutrition. Nutrition is a key component to staying healthy and what we eat is the number one determinant of health. To help make your procedure and post-op recovery go even smoother, Neinstein Plastic Surgery has added nutrition to our recovery program.

We recommend a high protein, low sodium diet two weeks prior and at least two weeks post surgery. This encourages optimal healing including reducing inflammation as quickly as possible, enhanced wound healing, and stable blood sugar levels. Combined with a consistent exercise routine, you can take your results as far as you’d like!

Proper nutrition allows our patients to not only heal optimally and quickly but ensure long-lasting results. Some studies even state that increasing both calories and protein is essential for proper wound healing. Specifically, protein is a building block of the body and can not only aid in muscle and tissue repair, but it is also vital in helping your body fight off infections.

Protein goals are suggested 50-100 grams per day. Some ideas include:

  • Protein shake with fresh fruits and almond milk
  • Cottage cheese with fresh fruit
  • Greek yogurt with walnuts and cinnamon
  • Bone broth with fresh vegetables

Avoid processed, prepackaged foods and focus on real, whole, nutrient dense food sources. Shop the perimeter of local food stores instead of aisles.

Hydration is also of upmost importance! Replacing fluids will not only make you physically feel better after surgery but it will also prevent some of the negative effects some may feel the few first days of recovery. Aim for half your body weight in ounces of fluids such as: water, coconut water, and electrolytes (ex- sugar free Gatorade or Liquid IV packets)

To keep things simple, we suggest meal prepping and planning ahead so you can set it and forget it after surgery. Protein shakes can be stored in the fridge and are easy to sip on throughout the day. They can provide an adequate amount of protein along with your recommended intake of fruits and vegetables which provides fiber to help keep your bowels regular.

Additionally, we do work with a private chef if you would like your meals made for you. Ask us about our wonderful Chef Eric (text 917.297.9118) and we will be happy to connect you.