It can be easy to write-off outpatient procedures as “no big deal”—but the truth is any procedure, no matter how minor it may seem, puts major stress on your body. Whether you’re going in for wisdom-teeth removal or a meniscus repair, preparing for outpatient procedures with proper presurgery nutrition makes all of the difference in the world when it comes to how fast (and how well) your body is able to recover. Today, then, we’re breaking down the top outpatient procedures that are made so much better by adding ClearFast PreOp to your presurgery plan—read on for our top four picks.
- Wisdom Teeth Removal
Just around 10 million wisdom teeth are removed in the U.S. each year (ouch!). Wisdom teeth typically come in between the ages of 17-25 and can cause an array of oral issues, which is why about 85% of people end up having to have them removed. We break down our top tips for preparing for wisdom teeth removal here, but one of the most impactful ways you can prepare your body for wisdom teeth removal is by drinking ClearFast PreOp in the window leading up to your procedure.
Why we love ClearFast PreOp for wisdom teeth removal:
It greatly reduces your risk of post-op nausea and vomiting—which, let’s be honest, is never fun when your mouth is painful as ever and chock-full of gauze-filled craters. Plus, because ClearFast PreOp offers medical-grade hydration, it makes IV sticks much easier (hydrated veins are far easier to find and less painful to “stick”), which is a major plus for younger patients. It’s also been proven to reduce pre-surgery nerves and anxiety—another major plus for young patients who might be nervous about going under anesthesia for the first time.
- Rotator Cuff Repair
Responsible for keeping your upper arm bone within the socket of your shoulder, the rotator cuff is a group of tendons that’s particularly subject to athletic and work-related injuries. Rotator cuff injuries are often seen in those who repeatedly perform overhead motions with their arms—think: tennis players, baseball players (particularly pitchers), or even painters and carpenters.
Why we love ClearFast PreOp for rotator cuff repair:
According to a 2015 study, controlling blood glucose levels is one of the potential ways medical professionals can improve rotator cuff repair healing rates—and drinking ClearFast PreOp does just that (by providing your body the complex carbs it needs for energy rather than fasting-from-midnight, drinking ClearFast before surgery helps to ensure your body isn’t using up all of those ever-important glycogen stores. This ultimately helps you proactively manage your blood-sugar levels.) Plus, ClearFast greatly reduces your risk of surgical site infection and enhances your overall recovery—ensuring athletes and workers can get back to their daily activities quicker.
- Meniscus Repair
If you’ve ever played a contact sport, chances are you’re familiar with this one. Think of your meniscus as shock absorbers that help keep your knee cap stable—a torn meniscus can lead to instability of your kneecap, immobility of your knee cap, and incredible pain. Patients under the age of 30 often need meniscus repair as a result of an acute athletic injury—such as a blow to the knee (during soccer, football, or hockey contact, for example), over-rotation of the knee from a quick pivot (like when an athlete changes directions in soccer or basketball), or hyperextension of the knee (landing wrong after a jump).
A “popping” feeling in the knee followed by immediate pain and swelling are telltale signs of a meniscus tear. While Grade 1 and Grade 2 tears can often repair themselves overtime with rest and proper icing techniques, a Grade 3 tear will unfortunately require minor surgery.
Why we love ClearFast PreOp for meniscus repair:
The Vitamin A in ClearFast PreOp helps with healthy tissue function—and drinking ClearFast before your meniscus surgery greatly reduces your risk of developing an infection at the surgical site, so you can get back to the field, court, or rink as quick as possible!
Beginning at the age of 40, the rate of breast cancer diagnosis in women begins to increase. If your cancer is small and early-stage, your doctor may recommend a lumpectomy rather than a full mastectomy. A lumpectomy is an outpatient procedure where your surgeon will remove abnormal or cancerous tissue from your breast, taking some healthy tissue with it as well (as opposed to a mastectomy, where the full breast tissue is removed). The procedure itself typically takes anywhere from 15-40 minutes, and recovery time is right around two weeks.
Why we love ClearFast PreOp for lumpectomies:
The complex carbs in ClearFast PreOp make for an enhanced recovery upon waking from anesthesia—allowing lumpectomy patients to get out of the hospital and home sooner. Plus, because ClearFast is all-natural, gluten-free, free of colored dyes, and free from simple sugars and fat, it’s the perfect presurgery nutrition option for patients who are particularly focused on health and wellness, as many lumpectomy patients are.