Surgery Prep: 4 Expert Tips To Follow Before Your Procedure

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Surgery prep and going under can be daunting and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. More and more modern research teaches us that working a clear, carb-rich beverage into your surgery prep routine can increase your comfort before your surgery, increase your safety during your surgery, and lead to enhanced recovery time following your procedure. It all comes down to hydrating and nourishing your body before a big challenge—which is one of the best ways to ensure you go in and come out strong! To help you as your prepare for your procedure, then, we’ve rounded up our top four expert tips for proper surgery prep. Read on for four ways to make your surgery prep and surgery recovery as comfortable and painless as possible.

  1. Get Moving
    • Prepare your body for the upcoming challenge of surgery. The stronger and healthier your body is going into your procedure, the better your recovery experience will be!
    • If you don’t normally exercise, start several weeks before your procedure is scheduled so that you have time to make a noticeable difference in your strength, flexibility and overall health.
  2. Stop Smoking
    • If you have a smoking habit, it’s time to quit. Smokers are at a higher risk for complications both during and after a procedure. For example – smoking weakens the immune system which can put you at risk for infection and impair wound healing
  3. Listen Carefully & Speak Up
    • Pay close attention to the instructions your physicians give you. This isn’t a situation where you want to be feeling unsure.
    • Unanswered questions can increase your anxiety. Your physician has probably done this more times than they can count, but it’s all new to you. Don’t be shy about understanding your procedure.
    • Answer questions honestly about medical history and about your current health (ie. if you come down with a fever the day before your procedure). Keeping information hidden to avoid a canceled surgery can put you at risk.
  4. Hydrate & Nourish –  Here’s where we come in! Hydrate and nourish your body with ClearFast during the “fasting window.”
    • Hydrating with ClearFast makes it easier to place an IV. The nurse won’t have to poke your arm over and over trying to find a vein!
    • Nourishing with complex carbs lets you go into surgery strong! Starving your body can cause complications that slow down your recovery or even send you back to the hospital. For example – high blood sugar levels caused by starvation put you at a high risk for infection. Starving your body also increases the acids in your stomach which are dangerous if you aspirate them during surgery.
    • Make sure to finish your last bottle at least 2 hours before your surgery (if you have gastroparesis, consult your doctor).