Nutrition After Surgery: Enhance Your Recovery

Nutrition after surgery

Nutrition Tips with Dr. Catherine A Logan, MD

After surgery, your body needs enough calories and nutrients to recover.

Be sure to increase your fiber intake to avoid constipation. Pain medications commonly result in constipation if fiber intake is not enhanced. Eat lots of fiber including fresh fruits and leafy green vegetables and whole grains

Protein will enhance wound healing. Ensure you include chicken, seafood, eggs, nuts, beans, or tofu to your regular post-operative meals.

Carbohydrates may reduce fatigue symptoms which can be common after surgery. Additionally, carbs in the form of whole grains, healthy fats from coconut, olive oil, seeds and nuts will improve your immunity.

Be sure to avoid processed food, cheese, diary products, sweets

Dr. Catherine Logan Headshot Dr. Catherine Logan, MD, MBA Catherine Logan, MD, MBA, MSPT, is a sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon specializing in complex knee and shoulder surgery at Colorado Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics (COSMO) in Denver, Colorado. As a former physical therapist & trainer, Dr. Logan provides a distinct expertise in sports injury, prevention, and surgical management.

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